Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, Glencoe Park District is canceling all programs and closing our facilities beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13, until Sunday, March 29. While the Park District has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are exercising an abundance of caution. The Park District closure follows New Trier Township schools and recommendations from public health officials to minimize exposure to participants and staff.
All activities, rentals, and events are canceled until Sunday, March 29. This includes Children’s Circle Full Day Preschool, Kids Club, Early Learning Center Preschool, Glencoe Junior Kindergarten, Glencoe Youth Services, all special events, sporting, fitness, and enrichment classes, as well as access to open gym and Glencoe Fitness. All rentals during this time period will be canceled. Tomorrow will be a work day for staff to make final preparations for closing. Specific program and facility information will be communicated to participants by program managers by the end of the business day on Friday, March 13.
The only exceptions to the closure is Election Day polling at Watts Center and the March 17 Board of Commissioners Meeting, which will take place in the Takiff Center lobby in order to conduct critical business. Both events will take place as scheduled. Social distancing and precautionary cleaning will take place to minimize exposure.
Closures and cancellations after March 29 will be reassessed and communicated to the public by March 25.
In regards to Spring Break travel, the Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance regarding quarantining for anyone who has traveled to a high-risk country. Presently, those include China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Travelers returning from Spring Break trips to these countries would need to be in quarantine for 14 days (without symptoms) prior to returning to the Park District. Please continue to monitor CDC guidance in this regard as the identification of high-risk travel destinations may change quickly. Please use all necessary caution when deciding to return to the Park District after Spring Break travel.
“Our families trust us to provide care, recreation, and enrichment, so our decision to close was not taken lightly. Our top priority is the health and safety of our participants and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience closing may cause. This is a stressful and unprecedented situation for our families, and our local and global community. It is also uncharted territory for us. We ask for your kindness, support, and compassion as we navigate this crisis together,” said Executive Director Lisa Sheppard.
This is a fluid and evolving situation. The Park District will continue to provide updates as information becomes available at www.glencoeparkdistrict.com.