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COVID-19: Facility & Program Status Update

6/30/2020 – 

COVID-19 Resources | FAQs

The Park District is closely following the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, as well as guidelines provided by the CDC,  Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the City of Highland Park. Our priority is to return recreational activities safely and responsibly to parks, beaches, sports fields, and facilities for the social, emotional, and physical well-being of the community as soon as permissible. 
 
The Park District has adopted a comprehensive plan for reopening. The plan is fluid and updated regularly as new information is released. We ask for your patience and understanding as difficult decisions are being made regarding our reopening. 
 
Unfortunately, some facilities may not open this summer or may be limited due to CDC and IDPH  social distancing and sanitation guidelines, the Restore Illinois Plan, and unique factors within our community. We appreciate your compliance with safety guidelines and procedures when visiting and recreating at our parks and facilities. 

 


 

Facility, Program, and Event Status Updates 

INDOOR FACILITLIES  
StatusInfo
Centennial Ice ArenaRestricted UseView More Info
Deer Creek Racquet ClubRestricted UseView More Info
Heller Nature CenterClosed Until Further Notice
Recreation CenterRestricted Use
Fitness Opens July 6
View More Info
West Ridge CenterClosed Until Further Notice
OUTDOOR FACILITLIES  
StatusInfo
Heller Nature CenterRestricted UseView More Info
Hidden Creek AquaParkClosed for the SeasonView More Info
Highland Park Golf Learning CenterOpen Per DCEO GuidelinesView More Info
Park Avenue Boating FacilityRestricted Use View More Info
ParksOpen Per DCEO GuidelinesView More Info
Sport Courts/FieldsOpen Per DCEO GuidelinesView More Info
Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball CourtsOpen Per DCEO GuidelinesView More Info
Rosewood BeachOpen Per DCEO Guidelines View More Info
Sunset Valley Golf ClubOpen per DCEO GuidelinesBook Tee Times
Dog ParksOpen Per DCEO Guidelines View More Info
CAMPS, PROGRAMS, LESSONS, EVENTS  
StatusInfo
Summer CampIn-personView More Info
Swim LessonsCanceled
TennisIn-PersonView More Info
CeramicsCanceled
AthleticsVirtual & In-PersonView Brochure
NatureIn-PersonView More Info
ParkSchoolVirtualView More Info
BoatingRestricted Use View More Info
FitnessIn-PersonView More Info
GolfIn-PersonView More Info
GymnasticsIn-PersonView More Info
Performing ArtsVirtualView Brochure
SkatingCanceled
4th of July FestivitiesCanceledView More Info

 


Family Play at the Parks

All Park District of Highland Park playgrounds are open.  To ensure our playgrounds can remain open and we all stay safe and healthy, please follow these important guidelines:

Bathrooms and water fountains
Park bathrooms and water fountains remain closed until further notice.  Please be sure to plan your park visit appropriately.  Updates will be provided once the Park District has determined that bathrooms can be safely reopened.
 
Basketball courts
All outdoor basketball courts are open.  Please be advised that while residents may play basketball, athletic competition with physical contact is not permitted. 

As a reminder, when in our parks and beaches: 


New! In-Person and Virtual Programs

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to add recreation, fitness, art, sports, and leisure back into your routine. Each month a new in-person and virtual program guide is distributed digitally via our e-news, posted on Facebook and on this website. Sign up for e-news, here.  View our digital program guides now

Scholarships are also available


Happy & Healthy at Home

Our staff has created more than 100 free activities and lessons for you and your family to stay happy and healthy during this challenging time — with more coming every day! Follow our ideas and videos for fitness and exercise, golf tips, indoor activities, crafts and projects for all ages posted on Staying Happy and Healthy at Home and on our Facebook page.  

 


Keeping You Informed

We know how important recreation, sports, and fitness are for our resident’s social, emotional, and physical well-being.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience during these trying and unprecedented times and hope you and your family remain safe and healthy in the coming days.

Our Emergency Operations Team is working with our local, state, and federal authorities with the primary goal of keeping our customers, residents, and staff safe and healthy.  Updates will be provided on this page, on the Park District Facebook page, and via email.  To sign up for our emails, click here.  


COVID-19 Resources

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases by consistently following the Center for Disease Control’s preventative actions:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers several recommendations for individuals to stay healthy, prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, the common cold, and other illnesses, as well as travel recommendations on their website.

Other valuable information sources include:  

As the local, state, and national landscapes continue to evolve, the Park District will remain vigilant and continue to keep you informed.  


FAQs

Registration and Billing 

I want to sign up for an activity. What are my registration options?

Activity registration is currently online only. In-person registration is unavailable at this time. If you need assistance creating or retrieving your Park District account, or if you are unable to access our online registration portal, please email registrations@pdhp.org or call 847.831.3810 and a member of our team will gladly assist you.

Will I be billed for my membership/program while the Park District is closed?

Membership billing is suspended during the closure. Upon reopening, memberships will be adjusted accordingly. If your membership is paid for in monthly installments, the next bill will be prorated to deduct the number of days that the Park District was closed.  If your membership is paid for in full for the year, an extension will be added to the end of your membership term for the number of days that the Park District was closed.

Rosewood Beach

Is there a fee to visit Rosewood Beach? 

Residents may visit Rosewood Beach free of charge. 

Now through Thursday, July 2, non-resident daily fee access is $10 per person.  Children 4 and under are free.  (Fees are paid at the auto-attendant located at upper rosewood by the stairs.)

Beginning Friday, July 3, the non-resident daily fee access will be discontinued.  Non-resident season beach passes will be required.  The fee is $100 for an individual and $25  for each additional family member in the same household. Children 4 and under are free.  Non-resident season beach passes may be purchased at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave. West (Mon-Th 6 am – 6 pm, and Fri-Sun 6 am – 2 pm). 

Please note:   A season beach pass does not guarantee access to the beach due to capacity limits and does not include parking. 

How do you check for residency before entering the beach?

Residents with a valid proof of residency, students of NSSD 112 or Highland Park High School with valid ID, and younger children with a resident parent will receive free access the beach. 

What criteria do you use for residency versus non-residency?

A Park District of Highland Park resident is anyone who lives within Park District  boundaries and pays Park District of Highland Park taxes including: residents of Fort Sheridan (60037); portions of the Town of Fort Sheridan that lie within Park District boundaries (60035); and Park District of Highland Park taxpayers who reside on the following Kings Cove (Deerfield) streets: Carriage Way, Bent Creek Ridge, Fox Hunt Trail, Millstone Road, Shag Bark Lane, Smoke Tree Road and Tanglewood Court. All other Deerfield street addresses and residents of Highwood do not pay Park District of Highland Park taxes and are, therefore, nonresidents of the Park District. Proof of Park District of Highland Park residency in the form of a valid Driver’s License or Illinois State ID may be required.

Why does the Park District of Highland Park allow access to non-residents at Rosewood Beach? 

With the renovation to Rosewood in 2015, the Park District of Highland Park accepted an Open Space Lands Acquisitions and Development (OSLAD) grant of $400,000 for the improvements at Rosewood beach. OSLAD grant requirements include that access to the beach must always be available to all individuals, regardless of residency.   

Is there a capacity limit at Rosewood Beach due to the COVID 19 Pandemic?

 Yes, at this time, the capacity is 275 people at one time.

Could I be turned away due to maximum capacity? 

 Yes, as part of the Restore Illinois Plan and due to social distancing mandates, we limit attendance at Rosewood Beach. If at any time we reach maximum capacity, we will let individuals in as other guests leave. Check the Park District of Highland Park Rainout line  for updates on capacity 

What are the parking restrictions? 

 The Lower Level Parking lot is available for resident parking only. The Upper Rosewood lot is available for residents anytime and is available for non-residents after noon seven days a week. The non-resident parking fee is $15/hour or $40/4 hours.  

Non-Residents may also purchase a lakefront seasonal parking pass for parking access to all Park District lakefront parks, including the upper lot at Rosewood Beach after 12 pm. The cost for the seasonal decal is $275. Non-resident parking is not allowed at lakefront lots on holidays.

What are the Rosewood Beach and Park hours:

The beach and park grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day. Gates for parking open at 7 am and close promptly at 9 pm. 

What are the designated swimming hours?

Early Morning Lap Swim is available from 7 am-10 am every day in the middle swimming cove. Regular swim hours are 10 am-6 pm every day and is available in the middle and south coves. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours. When lifeguards are not on duty, swimming is not allowed

Can I swim in the Interpretative Cove?

Our north cove is our nature interpretative cove. Patrons may use the beach area for sitting and enjoying nature, but swimming is not allowed in this cove. Please use only the middle and south coves for swimming.

Can I launch my paddleboard/kayak down from Rosewood Beach 

 No. The Park District of Highland Park only allows launches of Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) or kayaks from its boating facility at Park Avenue. For information on seasonal passes to launch your SUP or kayak, please click here 

Is the playground on the beach or in upper Rosewood park open?  

 All public playgrounds are remaining closed. 

Are grills allowed at Rosewood Beach

 No, grills are not allowed

Will concessions be available? 

 The concession stand is not scheduled to open this year.

Can I bring food and coolers? 

Food and coolers are allowed. They are subject to inspection upon entry into the park and beach area.  

Is smoking or alcohol allowed at Rosewood Beach

 There is no vaping, smoking, or alcohol permitted at Rosewood Beach. All guests found in possession of alcohol are subject to fines and penalties set forth by local laws.

Are bathroom facilities available?

 Bathrooms are available on the boardwalk during operating hours. The bathrooms at the Interpretative Center will remain closed.

Are masks required to visit Rosewood Beach? 

 Masks are strongly encouraged until you reach your spot on the beach, and we ask that visitors wear face masks in areas where social distancing is not possible, such as the stairs to Rosewood. However, the Governor’s mandate does not require patrons to wear face masks in outdoor areas as long as social distancing is possible.

Park Permits and Rentals

How can I reserve a park permit date/pavilion for the summer?

You can put in your request for a park permit online.   Once the Park District reopens, customers will be contacted to purchase park permits if their requested date/time is available.

I have an upcoming facility reservation or park permit, are these still valid?

Facility reservations and park permits scheduled through May 31 are canceled. Park District staff will be in contact with those who have confirmed reservations during these dates to coordinate rescheduling or refunds.

I have a future rental, how do I get information about it?

If you have a future rental at a Park District facility, please contact that facility with any questions. (see facility contact list above)

Keeping Informed

How will I be notified when you open?

Updates on the status of our facilities, programs, events, and activities are posted on this page, and the Park District Facebook page. Updates will also be sent via email. To subscribe to the Park District email, click here.

Are you offering any Programs During the Closure?

Yes! Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to add recreation, fitness, art, sports, and leisure back into your routine. Each month a new in-person and virtual program brochure is distributed digitally via our e-news, posted on Facebook and on this website. Sign up for e-news, here.

Programs have a nominal fee, ensuring everyone in the community can participate. Scholarships are also available — the process is simple and confidential. No application is required. 

In addition, during the Stay at Home Order, our staff has created more than 100 free activities and lessons for you and your family to stay happy and healthy during this challenging time — with more being added every day! Follow our ideas and videos for fitness and exercise, golf tips, indoor activities, crafts and projects for all ages posted on Staying Happy and Healthy at Home and on our Facebook page

How will I be notified about the status of upcoming events? 

Updates on the status of our events, and activities are posted on this page, and the Park District Facebook page. Updates will also be sent via email. To subscribe to the Park District email, click here.

Park District Contacts

Are the facilities staffed during the closure in case I have questions?

For the safety of our employees and to comply with social distancing best practices, our facilities will not be staffed during the Park District closures. Our facility staff will have remote access to respond to facility voicemail messages and emails 8:30 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Here is a listing of those contacts:

General Questions: 847.831.3810 or  info@pdhp.org

Registration/refund Questions:  registrations@pdhp.org

Centennial Ice Arena: 847.432.4790 or csassorossi@pdhp.org

Deer Creek Racquet Club: 847.433.5450 or rzullo@pdhp.org

Heller Nature Center: 847.433.6901 or jreyes@pdhp.org

Highland Park Golf Learning Center: 847.433.3422 or rsaunders@pdhp.org

Recreation Center of Highland Park: 847.579.4554 or dpierce@pdhp.org

Sunset Valley Golf Club: 847.432.7140 or csangern@pdhp.org

West Ridge Center: 847.879.3125 or cfiori@pdhp.org

Athletics: 847.579.3198 or mdivincenzo@pdhp.org