May 7 - Message from the Executive Director

07-May-2020

 

This message is to update you on Park District operations hoping that you and your family are doing well and staying safe during this difficult time. This continues to be an unprecedented time for our community, state, and nation. The health and safety of our residents and guests continue to be our top priority.

When the Governor issued his first Stay-At-Home order, the Park District responded and closed non-essential operations in accordance with the Executive Order. As you know, Governor Pritzker extended that original Stay-At-Home order through May 30, 2020, and also released “Restore Illinois”, a 5 phased plan to reopen our state. Given this extension and phased Plan, the Wheeling Park District will continue to provide modified services. All park district facilities, playgrounds, basketball courts, and other recreation facilities remain closed. Our parks remain open and the golf courses at Chevy Chase Country Club and Rob Roy have tee times available for play. Social distancing is to be practiced at all times and facial masks are required if six feet of guest distancing cannot be achieved.

Due to this pandemic, the District has made difficult decisions regarding our events and the Family Aquatic Center. It is with regret that I announce we have canceled our current Communitywide and special events for 2020. There may be opportunities for us to provide new smaller events, but given the limits on crowds for the remainder of this year, large events are simply not possible. Additionally, the Family Aquatic Center will not open this year. This was a very difficult decision to make but based on current conditions, it’s not feasible to open this facility. All guests that have already purchased memberships or booked groups will be refunded.

A full listing of the status of our programs, services, and facilities can be found on our website, www.wheelingparkdistrict.com. Please refer back to this site for further updates and information.

On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Wheeling Park District, thank you for your patience and understanding. We consider it our privilege to serve you in parks and recreation. We are all anxiously awaiting the time when you can visit the Community Recreation Center again, work out at the Health & Fitness Center, participate in our programs, and play on the playgrounds. When that time comes, we will be here, and ready to provide you with memorable experiences in parks and recreation.

Stay safe and healthy!

Thank you,

Jan Buchs

Executive Director