COVID-19 Update - May 20, 2020

Dear Hanover Park Park District's Families:

 

Based on Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois Plan, our staff has been planning and adapting to how we can offer park district programs during Phase 3 and 4. 

 

We are still currently planning on holding summer camps, however, there will be some modifications. Camps are currently being reformatted to accommodate our community needs and adhere to new government safety guidelines.  Our tentative start date for in-person camp is July 6, 2020. We also are planning on offering some at-home activity options for the summer.

 

We encourage you to take the survey below.  This survey will help us determine some of the logistics for our revamped camp for 2020, as well as to help us determine how to best serve our community’s needs this summer.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe462F-g12zwEx0r-uiCN1Mc9C4DVJgkpZ0b_-0YEI0BIF7jg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

It is important to note that this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. More updates will be available in the near future.

 

 

Stay safe, 

 

Nicole Cox
Superintendent of Recreation

Hanover Park Park District

COVID-19 Update - May 12, 2020

 

Dear Hanover Park Park District Residents and Patrons:

 

Seafari Springs Aquatic Center will stay closed for the 2020 Season

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hanover Park Park District will be keeping the Seafari Springs Aquatic Center closed for the 2020 summer season. If you already purchased a 2020 season pass, you will receive a full refund.

 

The Hanover Park Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff based this very difficult decision on the health and safety of our community along with the extended Stay at Home order and following the state and federal guidelines.   Our team is heartbroken that we are unable to provide the events, programs, and swim season that we planned and that our community will not be able to enjoy them.  We understand that our aquatic center provides immeasurable benefits to the community by including fun days during the summer and a place to hang out with family and friends.   Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of the community, visitors, and staff though.

 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend visiting water parks. To operate Seafari Springs Aquatic Center, we would still need to comply with social distancing (keeping people 6 feet or more apart), size limitations (keeping gatherings under 10 or 50 people depending on which phase of the Restore Illinois Plan we are in), and additional cleaning/disinfecting guidelines. We considered the impact of these recommendations on the pool, our community, visitors, and staff; and we determined it is unclear how to open the water park and still comply with the strict limits and safety protocols issued by the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

 

Although, we are all anxious to be able to fully serve our residents and return to “normal;” we must do so based on the recommendations of our State Officials and the CDC.  As we continue to take our responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 seriously, the safety and well-being of our residents must remain one of our top priorities to return to normalcy. Our overall efforts to comply with official guidelines while keeping the community safe is our highest priority.

 

Thank you for understanding. 

 

Stay Safe,

 

 

Bob O'Brien

Executive Director

Hanover Park Park District

COVID-19 Update - May 1, 2020

Dear Residents and Patrons,
Thank you for all of your continued support of our Park District.  We miss seeing you at our events, playing tennis at Centre Court Athletic Club, doing circle time at preschool, practicing soccer and so much more.  We hope we have brought some joy to your families through our interactions on our Facebook page.  It has brought a small sense of normalcy to our staff. 

                                 

The staff and Board of Commissioners wanted to update our community based on the Governor's Executive Order to extend the Stay at Home order through May 30th. 

 

Staff will continue to provide content on all of our social media accounts.  A Virtual Community Center will soon be featured on our website to provide a variety of at-home programs.  We will continue to inform you through emails,  our www.hpparks.org website, and social media. 

 

Like the rest of the Hanover Park community, the Hanover Park Park District has not been spared from the effects, challenges, and difficult decisions that accompany this unprecedented period. The Park District has: 

  • Closed all facilities to the public including Centre Court Athletic Club, Community Center,             Ahlstrand Fieldhouse, and Longmeadow Activity Center.

  • Canceled in-person special events through the end of June. 

  • Suspended or canceled recreational classes, group care, preschool, and athletic programs.

  • Closed all outdoor athletic courts (tennis and basketball), athletic fields, and playgrounds.

 

Parks and trails remain open and patrons are strongly urged to follow CDC guidelines for the safety of themselves and others. Our Board of Commissioners will be discussing the status of re-opening the Seafari Springs Aquatic Center at their May 11th Board meeting.  While the importance and value of our community pool is immeasurable, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff will be our highest priority.

 

Operationally, the District had to make the very difficult decision of restructuring operations and staffing levels to only those that are essential to current functions.  Most of our administrative/managerial staff are actively working on essential operations remotely, maintenance, and custodial staff are working to keep facilities sanitized and ready for the day we re-open, and our parks and grounds staff are continuing to mow and upkeep our open spaces and pathways.  Programming staff is currently forecasting the next several months based on a variety of contingencies including alternate plans for summer camp, new virtual programs, and canceling June events.  All decisions for our programs and events will be based on mandates by local, state, and federal governments and the CDC.  In anticipation of the financial effects of COVID-19, the District did defer nearly $400,000 of budgeted expenses for 2020.


The District continues to be active in promoting social distancing and encouraging compliance with the guidelines released by the CDC and Governor Pritzker.   While the staff is anxious to fully serve our constituents and to have a life back to “normal,” it will be done following the direction of those State and CDC guidelines. The safety and wellbeing of patrons and employees and contributing to the overall effort to flatten the curve remains our highest priority.

Sincerely,

 

Bob O'Brien

Executive Director
Hanover Park Park District

COVID-19 Update - April 08, 2020

Dear Hanover Park Park District Members and Patrons:

Now that the weather is warming up, this is a kind reminder regarding our parks and playgrounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the extension of Executive Order 2020-10 issued by Governor Pritzker, all Hanover Park Park District playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and athletic fields (baseball, softball, football, soccer) are CLOSED thru April 30.

It is impossible 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 do not have the resources to police this closure or physically barricade all sports fields from use. We must count on parents, the community and local law enforcement to ensure that social distancing efforts are as successful as possible.
 

Park District walking paths remain open but please maintain social distancing, 6-feet or more.
 

We also wanted to share with you a statement from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) that supports the safe use of parks during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read Statement

Recommendations to keep safe while social distancing in public parks or on paths:

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to paths or open spaces — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wear a mask, etc

  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk or bike.

  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.

  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash; take everything with you to protect our park workers.

The Park District continues to closely monitor guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Cook County Health Department, DuPage County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, and rely on their expertise and recommendations to continue to inform decisions.

 The Hanover Park Police Department continues to enforce the Executive Order 2020-10.  Please call the non-emergency line at 630-823-5500 if you see large groups congregating, people using closed amenities, community members not practicing social distancing or any other rule from the order. 

Again, the Hanover Park Park District thanks you for your continuing patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We know it is hard, it is confusing, and it's surreal. The best we can all do is take precautions and stay healthy. We will forge through this but we must do it together.

 

Stay safe.

 

Respectfully,

Bob O'Brien

Executive Director
Hanover Park Park District

COVID-19 Update - March 16, 2020

The Hanover Park Park District Staff and Board of Commissioners have been monitoring the growing coronavirus concerns.

 

Based on guidance put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health and the declaration of a national emergency by President Trump, the District will be closing all public facilities and canceling or postponing programs, events, rentals and spring break camps effective Tuesday, March 17.  We believe it is in the best interest of our community to take precautionary measures and close all of our facilities for a two-week period in an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Pending any new developments, mandates and/or guidelines from Federal, State and County authorities, the Park District will be tentatively resuming all operations, programs, services, and opening facilities to the public on Monday, March 30, 2020. Staff will continuously assess the situation and will communicate all further changes in operations as soon as they become apparent.

COVID-19 Update - March 21, 2020

On March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued a new Executive Order 2020-10 starting Saturday, March 21, at 5:00 p.m. through April 7, 2020. The statewide order is comprehensive and will impact all aspects of life within Illinois. Persons may only leave their residence for specific, limited reasons.

 

Regarding the Outdoors and Playgrounds:

The Order specifically states that individuals may leave their residence to engage in an outdoor activity such as walking, hiking, running, or biking and may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas if they comply with the Social Distancing Requirements defined in the order; however,  playgrounds must be closed (Section 5.c).

 

Regarding Facilities: 

All Park District buildings and facilities will remain closed through April 7, 2020.  There will not be staff on hand to answer phones during the “Stay at Home” Order starting today through April 7. We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 9 am-5 pm via email.  Please visit us at hpparks.org/staff.

 

The Hanover Park Park District thanks you for your patience and understanding during this time. We ask that you take all precautions and stay healthy. We will forge through this but we must all do it together.

 

It is important to note that this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. As additional information becomes available, we will share via email, social media, and website.

Stay safe!

 

Respectfully,

 

Bob O’Brien

Executive Director

Hanover Park Park District

COVID-19 Update - March 19, 2020

Parks Open?

Yes, parks are open but please follow the CDC health guidelines and practice social distancing.    

 

Rentals Cancellations/ Refunds?

We are currently working with rentals through March 29. If your party has been scheduled during this time we will be happy to refund or reschedule your event without a cancellation or rescheduling fee.

 

Program Refunds?

  • Refunds for Spring Break Camp have already been issued. Please allow up to 10 business days for refunds to be fully processed. If you paid with cash, you will receive a refund check 1-2 weeks after we have reopened.

  • Preschool and Before and After School Club billing will be paused until programs have resumed. Late fees for payments due on March 15, 2020, will not be added until further notice. Once programs resume, participants will be issued a credit to their park district account for the days that the programs were canceled. If you wish to receive a refund, please contact Liza Nicol, Recreation Supervisor, at l.nicol@hpparks.org.

  • Currently, all other programs are on hold. We are working on a plan to reschedule or cancel based on the reopening date. 

 

CCAC Membership Refunds or extensions?

  • MEMBERSHIPS: Members of Centre Court Athletic Club that have paid in full will have their memberships extended for the length of the closure. Memberships will be adjusted accordingly when facilities reopen.

Monthly memberships paid electronically (EFT) will be suspended until the facilities reopen. The payments will resume once we reopen and will be credited accordingly on your next payment.

CORONAVIRUS: THE FACTS

At Hanover Park Park District, the safety and wellness of both our staff and patrons is our highest priority.   Staff is closely monitoring the Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation by staying up to date with Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health while working with our own Risk Management agency.   

 

How COVID-19 Spreads

  • The virus is believed to be spread mostly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, produced when a nearby infected person (within about 6 feet) coughs and sneezes.

  • It may be possible to develop COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your

  • own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes.

The Hanover Park Park District

To reduce the risk of exposure, Park District staff are taking extra precautions to clean “high-touch” surfaces, like doorknobs/handles, light switches, hand railings, program supplies, and counters/tabletops, periodically throughout the day. Staff will continue to follow best practices for food handling.  You can further protect yourself by using a paper towel to open doors, taking a disinfectant wipe to common area surfaces prior to use, and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Patrons and staff will find hand sanitizers throughout our buildings along with informational signs on COVID-19. 

 

As future developments occur with the containment and spread of Coronavirus, we will continue to update all patrons and staff.  

 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, as we work to secure the safety of all patrons and staff of the Hanover Park Park District.

All public facilities including the Community Center, Centre Court Athletic Club, Longmeadow Activity Center and the Ahlstrand Fieldhouse will be closed starting on March 17.   An exception has been made regarding polling at both the Community Center and Longmeadow Activity Center.  During the time of voting, both facilities will be opened for the voting public. 

 

All programs are canceled or postponed until further notice.  Registered participants have been contacted by the program supervisor with specifics.

 

At this time, there have been no known cases of COVID-19 of patrons and staff.

 

However, it is important to note that this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. As additional information becomes available, we will share via email, social media, and on this page.

 

To contact staff: http://www.hpparks.org/staff

Prevention

For now, the Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following measures similar to those used to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. 

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home when you are sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and may not appear until 2-14 days after exposure. If you suspect you are infected with the virus, call your healthcare provider for further directions

  • Seek medical advice if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly.