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COVID-19: Facility & Program Status Update

11/20/20 – To combat the new wave of COVID-19 cases that is spreading across our community, state, and nation, new restrictive Tier 3 mitigations have been put in place by the Governor of the State of Illinois. The new mitigations limit many of the Park District’s indoor facility operations and require us to pause certain indoor activities and programs in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

Additionally, the City of Highland Park has implemented a Supplemental Order requiring all indoor fitness facilities to close. The order went into effect on Tuesday, November 17, at 11:59 pm. As a result, the Highland Park Recreation Center fitness and aquatics areas and related programs have closed, and indoor fitness activities have been canceled until further notice.  

Health and Safety: Priority One

We must all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our residents’ health and safety are and always will be our top priority. Rest assured, we are committed to continuing recreational opportunities within the mitigation guidelines to keep you and your family active while also keeping you safe and healthy. Together, we can help flatten the number of COVID-19 cases and allow our Park District to return all in-person recreational activities and programs safely and responsibly to our facilities for the social, emotional, and physical well-being of the community. 

Below are the details on how the Park District is responding to the new mitigation orders.


Registered Programs 

All in-person fall programs have either been canceled, transitioned to a virtual platform, or moved to an outdoor environment. For any programs that have been canceled, customer accounts will be credited a pro-rated amount for the number of sessions missed. We appreciate your patience as our registration team processes all credits. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact

All Winter programs scheduled to begin later in November or early December have been temporarily put on pause. More information will be provided to class participants in the coming weeks.  

For General Park District Questions: 847.831.3810 or

For Scholarship/Financial Aid Options:

December Program Brochure

Our special issue December digital program brochure offers a bounty of virtual, and outdoor programs as well as one-on-one private instruction opportunities to keep you and your family safe and active throughout December.   Registration is going on now!

To view the brochure and register, click here.  


Facility Status

Centennial Ice Arena

Contact: 847.432.4790 or

Deer Creek Racquet Club

Contact: 847.433.5450 or

Recreation Center of Highland Park 

Contact: 847.579.4554 or

West Ridge Center

Contact: 847.831.3810 or

Heller Nature Center

Contact: 847.433.6901 or

Highland Park Fieldhouse

Contact:  Golf – 847.433.3422 or
                  Athletics – 847.579.3198 or

Highland Park Golf Learning Center

Contact: 847.433.3422 or

Sunset Valley Golf Club

Contact: 847.432.7140 or

Embrace the Great Outdoors

If you and your family are looking for fun things to do close to home, we encourage you to take time out to:

Remember to follow health and safety guidelines when outside your home:

Check this website for winter status updates on the sled hill at Danny Cunniff Park, outdoor skating at Sunset Woods Park, and cross-country skiing at Heller Nature Center.

Happy and Healthy at Home 

While our in-person programs and activities are paused as a result of the State and City COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation Orders, enjoy our Happy and Healthy at Home library of over 100 videos and activities designed to keep you active, entertained, and healthy.

Get your workout in with Recreation Center fitness instructors, practice your tennis swing with our pros from Deer Creek Racquet Club and Sunset Valley, learn something new with your family with our ParkSchool and Heller teachers, and so much more.  

Keeping You Informed

We know how important recreation, sports, and fitness are for our residents’ 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 website, on the Park District Facebook page, and via email.   To subscribe to our emails, click here

Do Your Part

Remember to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID -19, consistently follow the Lake County Health Department guidelines:

If you have any COVID-19 questions, call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email You may also want to consider signing up for updates from the Lake County Health Department at

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