Friday, June 26, 2020 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Now that Illinois has entered Phase 4 of its reopening plan due to a declining rate of new COVID-19 cases, local park districts are gradually getting back to normal.
The Broadview Park District, Maywood Park District and Memorial Park District are all scheduled to reopen in July.
On June 26, a spokesperson for the Maywood Park District said that, while the district’s open air parks and playgrounds won’t reopen to the public just yet, the district’s indoor facilities on the corner of 9th Avenue and Madison Street will reopen with limited capacity starting July 6.
The Maywood Park District’s will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be closed on weekends, unless there are special events or rental activities, the district’s spokesperson said.
“We’ll be unrolling programs that take place outdoors, such as our fitness programs,” she said, adding that the district will continue its virtual programming and is planning outdoor summer activities, such as screening movies in the parks.
According to state guidelines, indoor gatherings are limited to 50 or fewer people and all of the park districts will follow those guidelines.
Officials at Broadview and Maywood park districts said that facility rentals will resume in July. Reggie Davis, the executive director of the Broadview Park District, 2600 S. 13th Ave., said that his facility is booked with rentals until September. Davis said that the district is eyeing a reopening of both indoor and outdoor properties after July 5.
Davis said that there will likely be no swimming at the Broadview Park District this summer due to COVID-19. He said that the district will take this swimming season to make much-needed repairs to the pool.
The Memorial Park District, which services Bellwood and Melrose Park, among other nearby communities, will reopen its three indoor facilities on June 29, according to statement released by Mark Flores, the district’s director of parks and recreation.
Those facilities include the Eisenhower Community Center, 700 Speechless Blvd., in Hillside; the Sharp Community Center, 1609 36th Ave., in Melrose Park; and the Center at Stevenson Park, 3105 Washington Blvd. in Bellwood.
The Eisenhower and Sharp Community centers will not open on weekends. Eisenhower will open from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Sharp will open from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stevenson will be open for seniors only (those 55 and over) on Monday through Thursday, from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Hours for everyone else on Monday through Thursday are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
Patrons of area park districts should expect to find the following COVID-19-related changes:
- Facilities will reopen with limited hours and 50 percent capacity.
- Temperatures will be taken upon entering facilities.
- Face coverings are required for entry into buildings.
- Patrons will be expected to practice social distancing and to wash hands frequently.
Flores said that patrons of Memorial Park district will not be required to wear face coverings while working out, although the practice will be encouraged. Members, however, will be required to wipe down machines after using them.