Coronavirus Updates & Resources

March 25, 2020: Message from the Wheaton Park District – OUTDOOR SPORTS FIELDS ARE CLOSED

Please do not allow your kids to play or practice team sports in the parks.

Over the last several days, we have observed groups of kids playing soccer and lacrosse at sports fields within our community. Due to active measures in place by Executive Order of Governor Pritzker limiting social gatherings, this type of play is not advisable.

It is impossible for youth to maintain a safe social distance while playing team or contact sports. Please consider all sports fields in the community closed to all team sports play and practice until further notice.

We are not able to police this closure or physically barricade all sports fields from use. We must count on parents and the community to ensure that social distancing efforts are as successful as possible.

Reminder – Playground equipment in parks* and schoolyards is also off limits until further notice

We have placed signs at playground locations. Again, policing this closure or barricading playgrounds is not realistic. We must rely on parents to be aware of what kids are doing for the safety and health of everyone.

*This closure also includes swing sets and the outdoor fitness equipment at Northside Park.

Our parks are still available for your SAFE enjoyment, exercise and well-being.

Now more than ever, nothing beats a walk in the park for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Please visit your parks daily to combat the social distance blues, get some sunshine and get your heart pumping. Please maintain a safe social distance from those you do not live with.

Please contact me via email or text if you have a question or wish to report something important that needs attention in the parks. My contact information is below or you can submit a question or comment via Facebook as well.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Be well.

Michael Benard
Executive Director | mbenard@wheatonparks.org
630-945-7726

Updates and resources will be published on this page and on Wheaton Park District’s Facebook page.

March 21, 2020: Message from the Wheaton Park District – Playgrounds are Closed

Effective immediately, ALL Wheaton Park District and schoolyard playgrounds will be closed through April 7th. This was detailed in the Executive Order announced by Governor Pritzker. Please keep your children off playground equipment for their safety.

While playgrounds are closed, parks are not. We encourage residents to stay healthy through physical exercise and visiting parks that are within walking distance from your home while still maintaining social distancing guidelines. Please follow us on Facebook for updates.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Be well.

Michael Benard
Executive Director | mbenard@wheatonparks.org

Updates and resources will be published on this page and on Wheaton Park District’s Facebook page.

March 17, 2020: Important Information Regarding Wheaton Park District 2020 Spring Athletic Leagues

2020 spring athletic leagues will not begin on April 6, 2020, as originally scheduled. All team practices in any capacity, home and away games and tournament play will be suspended until further notice.

Questions? Please contact the following staff:

In-House & Travel Baseball and Softball – Adam Lewandowski
In-House Soccer, Lacrosse Rec. & Select – Darrell Houston
Wings SC – Toni Giovenco

Updates and resources will be published on this page and on Wheaton Park District’s Facebook page.

March 15, 2020: Message from the Wheaton Park District – Arrowhead Golf Club Closes March 15 at 6P

Arrowhead Golf Club Restaurant, Bar, Banquets and Golf Course will close at 6PM today (Sunday, March 15) and remain closed until further notice.

If you have any questions regarding a future booked event, please contact the Arrowhead Golf Club events team at 630-653-5802.

Updates and resources will be published on this page and on Wheaton Park District’s Facebook page.

March 13, 2020: Message from the Wheaton Park District – Programs Suspended and Facilities Closed

The Covid-19 Coronavirus situation is top of mind for us all.  The Wheaton Park District is taking actions that adhere to the social distancing strategies outlined by public health officials.  The goals of these strategies are to slow the transmission of the disease to protect older people and those at increased risk for severe illness and to protect the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.

School District 200 announced earlier today that they have closed all school buildings to students from March 16 through April 5.  It is appropriate that the park district similarly restrict access to our public recreational facilities during this time.

Full Time Staff will report to work during this time and will be available to the public via phone and email.  Part Time Staff will be scheduled by their division leaders and report to work as needed.

Public access to facilities and programs is tentatively scheduled to resume on April 6.  We will notify the public in advance of that date.

Exceptions

  • The Community Center will be open on Tuesday, March 17 as a polling place only.
  • Arrowhead Golf Club will be open to the public on Monday, March 16. We will be communicating again on Monday, March 16 regarding this facility.

Spring Athletic Leagues

Baseball, Softball, Soccer and Lacrosse leagues are currently scheduled to begin on April 6. As of today, it is very likely that the start of these leagues will be delayed. We will be communicating next week as related plans firm up.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Be well.

Michael Benard
Executive Director
mbenard@wheatonparks.org

March 12, 2020: Message from the Wheaton Park District 

Wheaton, Ill. – The Wheaton Park District is aware of and monitoring this developing public health issue. The health and safety of our staff, program participants and visitors to our facilities is top of mind.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), have both stated there is no need to cancel school or social events at this time. The CDC also notes the immediate health and exposure risk for the general U.S. population is low.

The Wheaton Park District is focusing on timely and consistent regular cleaning of surfaces and equipment at all of our facilities as well as working to implement additional precautionary cleaning procedures for higher volume areas of operation. In addition, staff members have been, and will continue to be, educated on the importance of frequent hand washing while at work and are encouraged to stay home if they are sick.

We are asking for community support in remaining vigilant about keeping germs from spreading. The CDC recommends the following preventative actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • At this time public health officials are encouraging the public to not alter their daily routine.

If you or a family member exhibits symptoms of a cold or flu, it is prudent that you not attend recreation programs or facilities where others could be subject to germs.

For more information, visit the Centers For Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Illinois Department of Public Health at www.dph.illinois.gov or contact COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email questions to DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

Margie Wilhelmi
Wheaton Park District
mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org

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