COVID-19 Information and Updates
As the situation remains fluid, we will continue to closely monitor the local, state, and national responses, follow the recommendations put forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional updates will be posted on this page and shared via email, and on Facebook. On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, and Staff, thank you for your patience and understanding as we adapt to these unprecedented times.
In this unprecedented time, it is important to reflect on positivity and ways to continue to engage with recreational activities, as well as, creative outlets to reduce stress and stay active.
We are bringing all the energy and excitement directly to you and your family with our Live Your Best Life At Home web page! You will find a variety of free activities and resources that will keep you smiling, active, and making memories while you follow the Stay at Home Order. In addition, we encourage you to engage with us and to follow our Facebook page for even more virtual recreational content!
Virtual Recreation Options
Pool Pass and Swim Lesson Updates (May 28, 2020)
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and without guidance on how to safely operate outdoor aquatic facilities from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Geneva Park District has made the extremely difficult decision to cancel swim lessons and pool memberships for the 2020 summer pool season.
All registered swim lesson participants will receive a refund via the original method of payment. There is nothing further for you to do at this time.
Those who have already purchased a pool membership for the 2020 Season have two options:
- Receive a credit on your Geneva Park District account for the amount paid. Please email Joey, Aquatic Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 5.
- Receive a full refund, via the original method of payment. No further action will be required.All pool membership refunds and credits will be processed by July 1.
The Geneva Park District is currently assessing the feasibility of providing a shortened pool season while continuing to keep the health and safety of patrons and staff a priority. Once the Illinois Department of Public Health releases their guidelines on how, or if, we can safely operate outdoor aquatic facilities, we will communicate updates, a revised pool schedule with daily use and membership fees, along with potential aquatic program offerings on our website at genevaparks.org.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
Camp and Pool Updates (May 19, 2020)
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Sunset and Mill Creek Pools will not open as scheduled for the 2020 season. Typical pre-season pool preparations and staff trainings have been suspended until further notice.
Phase 3 – Recovery of the Restore Illinois Plan does not include public swimming pools. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health has not provided any direction on how, or if, we can safely operate aquatic facilities this summer. That being said, the District is currently assessing the feasibility of providing a shortened pool season while keeping the safety of patrons and staff in the forefront. Although governing guidelines have not been issued, the District is mindful operational challenges will exist should either of our public pools open for the 2020 season.
We appreciate your patience, and understand this may be disappointing. Once the Illinois Department of Public Health issues guidelines, the District will be equipped to make a final decision in regards to the operations of Mill Creek and Sunset Pools.
Sadly, the pools will not open Memorial Day Weekend as would be typical. We will communicate updates to the public as soon as they become available. Pool pass membership fees will either be prorated or fully refunded depending on final decisions.
It is our utmost priority to provide a safe environment for campers, as well as, staff. We are currently reviewing guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, American Camp Association, and the Illinois Department of Public Health to insure safety measures and protocols are identified and implemented prior to the commencement of camp.
Phase 3 would allow us to begin summer camp in a limited capacity; we anticipate direction from the governor’s office sometime soon. Camps will certainly look a bit different this year given the social distancing guidelines, but we will keep families informed as soon as we have more definitive information.
A few decisions that have been made thus far for the safety of our participants:
- We will be hosting a virtual Meet the Counselors Night and providing families with a FAQ sheet not only for general camp questions but for health and safety COVID-19 related questions as they relate to our programs.
- As a district we are working to update our cleaning and sanitation procedures to be compliant with Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.
- Our regularly scheduled field trips will be replaced with virtual field trip options!
- Our staff to participant ratio this summer will be 1:8 for all camps. Due to social distancing campers will stay with their small group throughout the day.
- If you have any questions regarding summer camps, please contact Kelly Wales at email@example.com or 630-262-2201.
Additional program opportunities for the community are being planned within the parameters of the Restore Illinois Plan and details will be forthcoming. Please continue to check here for updated information.
Tennis courts, Disc Golf, and Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course are open with strict guidelines.
Tennis Court Safety Guidelines
- Two People Per Court
- No Doubles Play Allowed
- Please be courteous and limit playing to 1 hour when others are waiting
USTA Tennis Ball Recommendations
The Links Disc Golf Course Safety Guidelines
- Groups of two players
- One person on Tee at a time
- Provide adequate spacing between Groups. Next group starts when group in front is completed with hole.
- Stay at basket until next Tee is clear
- Golfers bring and use own equipment
- Do not share equipment
- Practice Social Distancing
Stone Creek Miniature Golf Safety Guidelines
- Online reservations are required prior to playing mini-golf
- All payments must be made online
- Groups of up to four are permitted.
- Everyone must wait 6 ft apart until it is your turn to tee off and must practice social distancing at all times
- Tee time reservations will be 10 minutes apart. Your group will not be able to start until the group ahead of you reaches the 5th hole.
- Please bring your own pen/pencil to write your scores, pencils will not provided; or simply download the free scorecard app
- Refrain from high fives and handshakes
- All golfers should pick up their own ball from the cup
- Avoid touching all structures and signs while on the course
- All balls and clubs will be sanitized after every use
- Players are welcome to bring their own putters
- No concessions available at this time
- Bring your own hand sanitizer to use when on the course
- The practice green will not be available to use
- Holes will have elevated cups so golfers do not have to reach into the tin
Reserve Your Tee Time
Notice Regarding Parks, Playgrounds, and Trails
We encourage people to take a walk, ride your bike, and get fresh air. We hope you find ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) supports the safe use of parks during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read Statement
. The Geneva Park District supports this statement, and we encourage you to use our open spaces to maintain your physical and mental health.
To prevent the continued spread of this virus, it is essential that you
follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC
and follow Governor Pritzker’s Stay At Home Order. It is now required to wear a mask or face covering for anyone over the age of 2 years old when in public and unable to practice social distance. We encourage face coverings at all our locations.
Parks and Playgrounds
Our trails and green spaces will remain open at this time. However, you must practice social distancing at all times. All playgrounds and spray grounds remain CLOSED.
When using our parks, trails, and green spaces
- Stay off ALL playground equipment
- BE SMART. STAY APART – Maintain social distancing at all times
- Do not gather in groups larger than 4
- Avoid all contact sports(baseball, basketball, football, and soccer)
Facilities, Programs, and Special Events
All other facilities are currently CLOSED. A limited amount of programs are permitted with a maximum of 10 participants and are being held outdoors.
If you are entitled to a refund for any program canceled due to COVID-19, there is nothing additional for you to do, we will process it for you.
Please be patient as we navigate through this process.
Contact Us – No Phones
We encourage you to utilize our website at genevaparks.com
. If necessary, please send an email
or leave a voicemail at 630-232-4542. We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm via email. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times, and we hope you and your family remain healthy.