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COVID-19 Updates

(Posted 3/21/2020, 2:30pm)

Playgrounds, sports courts, and dog parks close 3/21/2020 at 5:00 pm

Effective at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020, following Governor Pritzker’s COVID-19 Stay-at-home Executive Order all HEParks facilities, playgrounds, sports courts, and dog parks are closed through April 7.

HEParks encourages you to continue walking, jogging, biking and using the open recreation areas at your local park. We believe that many parks, trails, and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner so that people can enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. Please observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

While enjoying local parks, trails and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations:
• Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
• Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene after, prior to and during the use of parks or trails.
• While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
• Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

For your comfort in our parks, HEParks arranged for early portable toilet delivery to these 19 community parks:

• Armstrong,1320 Kingsdale
• Black Bear Park, 1500 Essex Dr.
• Chino, 630 Illinois Blvd.
• Cottonwood, 2029 E. Parkview Cir.
• Eisenhower, 864 Rosedale Ln.
• Evergreen, 600 Washington Blvd.
• Huntington, 4009 Huntington Blvd.
• Olmstead, 4500 Olmstead Dr.
• Pebble, 1855 Westbury Dr.
• Pine, 750 Charleston
• Sloan, 760 Western St.
• South Ridge, 1450 Freeman Rd.
• Valley, 850 Park Lane
• Victoria, 1100 Kingsdale
• Willow Recreation Center/Skate Park, 3600 Lexington Dr.
• Freedom Run, 6150 Russell Dr.
• Fabbrini Park, 1704 Glenlake Rd.
• Cannon Crossings, 1675 Nicholson Dr.
• Canterbury, 1950 Maureen Dr.

The portable toilets at these community parks are maintained and sanitized by Service Sanitation. Please follow proper hygiene and safety recommendations when using portable toilets. Hand sanitizer is available at the comfort stations while supplies last. Due to limited supply, we suggest that patrons bring hand sanitizer with them when using the portable toilets.

Billing and Refunds

Refunds or credits have been processed for all programs that were scheduled in March.

For any programs that are scheduled to run through April or May, refunds will be addressed once our facilities re-open and we determine how many classes were cancelled.

Programs with automatic monthly billings, these payments have been suspended until the facilities and programs resume. At that time a revised payment amount will be estimated.

More information

For more information on the actions the district is taking in regards to COVID-19 please visit our website. If you have any further questions please reach out to covid19questions@heparks.org

Below is a list of FAQs (updated 3/20/2020):

  • Are Fitness Centers open?
    • All play facilities, including fitness centers, are closed March 14-April 7.
  • Are the outdoor parks open?
    • All parks, open recreation areas, walking paths, and trails remain open to the public. Playground structures, courts, buildings, and fitness courts are closed due to Gubernatorial Executive Order. Please use proper sanitization and hygiene practices before and after play. Parks are cleaned only by mother nature and are not part of a cleaning and sanitizing regimen.
  • Are the Dog Parks open?
  • Will I get a refund for my programs or memberships?
    • Staff are working on contingency plans for rescheduling programs and activities and extending memberships where possible. Information on potential refunds or credits will be forthcoming.
    • Willow Recreation Center Fitness Memberships, Members of the fitness center will be credited for 50% of their March dues.
    • Triphahn Center Fitness Memberships, Fitness members will receive a credit of 50% of their March.
    • The Club at Prairie Stone Fitness Memberships, Fitness members have a choice to receive one personal training session ($60 value), two months of HIIT training ($50 value) or a $25 household credit for future membership dues. Members should submit their choice to membership services at 847-285-5400 or clubmembership@heparks.org by 3/30.
  • Why is the District taking such drastic steps?
    • Staff acted on the guidance of the CDC and other public health officials. Because most of our programs and facilities are large public gathering places, we felt these temporary closures were in the best interest of public health.

Archived HEParks Coronavirus updates

(Posted 3/20/2020 )

Playgrounds, Sports Courts and Dog Parks Closed per Gubernatorial Executive Order.

As of 3/21/2020 at 5:00p all HEParks Playgrounds, Sports Courts and Dog Parks are closed per Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order issued on 3/20/2020.

All HEParks parks are, at this time, remaining open and residents are encouraged to enjoy the walking trails, paths and open recreation areas found in their local park.

Please email covid19questions@heparks.org with any further questions related to the HE Parks program cancellations or facility closures.

Please email covid19questions@heparks.org with any further questions related to the HE Parks program cancellations or facility closures.


(Posted 3/20 at 4:30pm)

Effective Saturday, March 14, all HE Parks facilities, playgrounds and sports courts are closed & programs are suspended through Tuesday, April 7. 

You were recently informed that all our programs, events and facility rentals were cancelled until April 7.  At this time, our facilities, playgrounds and sports courts will be closed as well.

Based on guidance put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the declaration of a national emergency, the District will be closing all facilities effective Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, April 7.  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.  The school districts & libraries have also closed, and with the high use of our facilities, we have decided to also close our facilities in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All facilities:  Triphahn Center, Willow Rec Center, The Club at Prairie Stone, Bridges of Poplar Creek and Vogelei Barn, plus all playgrounds and sports courts will be closed through April 7. 

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 website.  Please continue to visit our website for updates.


(Posted 3/13 at 12:30pm)

Effective Saturday, March 14, all HE Parks programs are suspended through Sunday, March 29. 

  • All HEParks programs are suspended through 3/29
  • All special events across the district are cancelled through 3/29
  • All facilities with the exception of 50+ Center are open
  • Swimming lessons at The Club at Prairie Stone are suspended through 3/29.

Our facilities will remain open (with the exception of the 50+ Center which is closed until further notice).   All facility rentals will be cancelled.   While the facilities will remain open for the time being, if you fall into one or more of the high-risk categories or if you or a family member exhibit any symptoms we strongly advise you to refrain from visiting at this time.

The safety, health, and well-being of our community are the priority in making this decision.  We are closing as a public health precaution in response to the recommendations from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health to avoid crowds in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

If a member of your family contracts the COVID-19, please contact Eric Leninger, Superintendent of HR & Risk Management, or Alisa Kapusinski, Director of Recreation, at 847-885-7500 and let us know the person’s name, date the COVID-19 was diagnosed and programs the person is registered for with the Park District.

This is a rapidly evolving situation.  We will continue to evaluate whether or not we will extend the duration of cancellations.  Staff will determine possible make-ups or coordinate refunds. 

As additional information becomes available, we will share via email, social media, and website.  Please continue to visit our website for updates.