Office: (815) 568-5126 | Fax: (815) 568-5648
info@marengoparkdistrict.org

COVID-19

7/6/2020 – COVID-19 Update | Reopening Revised

Governor Pritzker has announced our region is approved to enter Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan starting Friday, June 26, 2020. The Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity has released guideline for Phase 4 operations. The district is working to provide a safe environment to continue offering services at the Marengo Park District.  

The Marengo Park District requests all patrons, employees and guests over the age of 2 years old follow IDPH guidelines and wear face coverings when entering the buildings and any time 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.

PLAYGROUNDS ARE OPEN:

No more than 50 people allowed in any playgrounds at one time.

The equipment will not be sanitized or cleaned.

The district recommends hand washing and use of sanitizing liquid.

COMMUNITY CENTER:

The Community Center will reopen on Monday, July 13th with limitations and guidelines.  

Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

NATURE CENTER:

The Nature Center is not available for any programming or rental currently.

ROOM RENTALS/SHELTERS:

Room Rental and Shelter reservations are available for bookings starting Monday, July 6th.  

Rooms Rentals: are available but limited to 50% of room capacity or 50 people whatever is less.

Rooms available for rental starting July 25th. Nature Center is not available for rental.

Shelter Rentals: Shelters are available for rental starting July 13th, limited to 50 people

For bookings please contact the front desk by phone starting July 6th and in person starting July 13th.


FITNESS CENTER:

The fitness center will be reopening on Monday, July 13th with restrictions and limits of people working out in the center at one time. Reservations will be taken for fitness center use. The specific guidelines will be released on Monday, July 6th. Reservations for the fitness center will begin on July 7th.  

Fitness Center Rules:

  1. Workouts by reservation only, call front desk to make reservation.
  1. 90-minute workout sessions 60-minute cleaning breaks.


Monday-Friday Schedule:

7:00-8:30 am: session 1

8:30-9:30 am: cleaning break

9:30-11:00 am: session 2

11:00 am-12:00 pm: cleaning break

12:00-1:30 pm: session 3

1:30-2:30 pm: cleaning break

2:30-4:00 pm: session 4

4:00-5:00 pm: cleaning break

5:00-6:30 pm: session 5

6:30 pm: cleaning

Saturday Schedule:

8:00-9:30 am: session 1

9:30-10:30 am: cleaning break

10:30 am-12:00 pm: session 2

12:00-1:00 pm: cleaning break

  1. Closed one hour in between sessions for cleaning.
  1. Only cardio machines starting July 13th, free weights use will start July 27th.
  1. No locker rooms, showers, towel service or drinking fountains.
  1. Memberships will restart upon making first reservation.

TRAILS:

Trails have been open and continue to be open for use with proper social distancing.

BALL FIELDS and SOCCER FIELDS:

Ball Fields and Soccer Fields are open for use by groups of 50 people and under.  


CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

Classes and Programs will begin on Monday, July 13th. Some programs may start later based on guidelines and restrictions. All class participants MUST follow IDPH guidelines without exception.

Class startups are based on instructor availability.


PARK EQUIPMENT:

Park Equipment, benches, picnic tables or other frequently touched surfaces will not be cleaned or sanitized,


DISC GOLF COURSE:

The disc golf course remains open.


LIMITED CONTACT PAYMENTS:
Please pay with credit cards.

The Marengo Park District requests all park employees, patrons, park users’ venders and guests adhere to the IDPH guidelines. All those over the age of 2 years old should wear face coverings when entering buildings and any time 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. Failure to adhere to IDPH guidelines will result in revocation of park privilege’s and/or closure of facilities.

All rules and arrangements are subject to change or be cancelled based on current updated circumstances and possibly with limited notice. The park district will attempt to keep all patrons informed of any changes in schedules or availability. Safety is the top priority.

6/26/2020 – COVID-19 Update | Reopening

RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASE 4 REOPENING:

Governor Pritzker has announced our region is approved to enter Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan starting Friday, June 26, 2020.

The Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity has released guideline for Phase 4 operations. The district is working to provide a safe environment to continue offering services at the Marengo ParkDistrict.

PLAYGROUNDS ARE OPEN:
No more than 50 people allowed in any playgrounds at one time.
The equipment will not be sanitized or cleaned.
The district recommends hand washing and use of sanitizing liquid.

COMMUNITY CENTER:
The community center will reopen on Monday, July 13th with limitations and guidelines.

ROOM RENTALS/SHELTERS:
Room rental and Shelter reservations are available for bookings starting Monday, July 6th.
Rooms are available but limited to 50% of room capacity or 50 people whatever is less. For bookings please contact the front desk by phone starting July 6th and in person starting July 13th.
Shelter Rentals are limited to 50 people.

FITNESS CENTER:
The fitness center will be reopening on Monday, July 13th with restrictions and limits of people working out in the center at one time. Reservations will be taken for fitness center use.
The specific guidelines will be released on Monday, July 6th.
Reservations for the fitness center will begin on July 7th.

TRAILS:
Trails have been open and continue to be open for use with proper social distancing.

BALL FIELDS and SOCCER FIELDS:
Ball Fields and Soccer Fields are open for use by groups of 50 people and under.

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:
Classes and Programs will begin on Monday, July 13th. Some programs may start later based on guidelines and restrictions. All class participants MUST follow IDPH guidelines without exception.

PARK EQUIPMENT:
Park Equipment, benches, picnic tables or other frequently touched surfaces will not be cleaned orsanitized

DISC GOLF COURSE:
The disc golf course remains open.

The Marengo Park District requests all park employees, patrons, park user’s venders and guests adhere to IDPH guidelines. All those over the age of 2 years old should wear face coverings when entering buildings and any time 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained.

4/02/2020 – COVID-19 Update | Stay in Place

The Marengo Park District will continue to keep all facilities, playgrounds, shelters, athletic fields, and frisbee golf course closed through April 30 in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-18 issued on March 31, which states all Illinois residents are required to Stay at Home.

The park district will evaluate the ongoing situation and keep the public informed of park district activities in the future.  

Please be advised the park district will continue to follow suggested best practices from the CDC and IDPH.

Please continue to be safe and follow guidelines suggested by the CDC and IDPH regarding personal safety.

3/30/20 – COVID-19 Update | Spring Program Changes

It's been a couple of weeks since we have been confronted with one of the most challenging times, times that have led us to make changes to our events and programs for this session. We look forward to getting through this and seeing you soon.

Program Cancelations or Postponements

  • All Easter events including the Easter Egg Hunt and the Easter Eggstravaganza have been canceled.
  • All programs through the end of April have been postponed.

We will continue to post updates on our website & social media as this situation is subject to change daily.

Please continue to be safe and follow guidelines suggested by the CDC and IDPH regarding personal safety.  

3/20/20 – COVID-19 Update | Playground Closures

In response to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order issued on March 20, requiring all Illinois residents to stay home with limited exceptions, the Marengo Park District is expanding closures. Our playgrounds across our community tend to be gathering spaces for many, which under normal circumstances are why we love them, but in these challenging times are areas prohibited by this Executive Order. With that being said, all of the Marengo Park District outdoor playgrounds have been temporarily closed until further notice.

Getting fresh air however is still important to our overall wellness. Governor Pritzker states that individuals may still leave their homes for outdoor activities such as walking, biking, and running; as long as social distancing requirements are met. We hope these additional short-term sacrifices we are all taking will stop the spread of COVID-19, and allow us to see you all again that much quicker.

3/15/20 – COVID-19 Update | Facility Closures

The Marengo Park District Community Center & other park district facilities will be closed from March 14th-March 30th. (these dates are subject to change)

Polling Location/Voting: The park district will continue to serve as a polling place on Tuesday, March 17th. Please refer to the McHenry County Board of Elections website for updated information.


The Community Center: We can be reached via phone Monday-Friday: 8:30 am-7:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Sunday: Closed


The Fitness Center: Fitness Center members will have the length of the closure added to their membership automatically


Paid Programs: Programs will be extended the length of the closure. Any participants that would like a refund or credit should contact the front desk by phone.


PDO: Programs will be suspended beginning March 18 with a tentaive restart date of  March 30. Participants should check with PDO as this is not a park district program.

Updates: The park district will post updates on our website & social media as this situation is subject to change quickly.


Please be advised the park district will continue to follow suggested best practices from the CDC and IDPH.

Please continue to be safe and follow guidelines suggested by the CDC and IDPH regarding personal safety.  If you have any questions, please call the park district at (815)568-5126.


3/13/20 – COVID-19 Update | Facility Closures

The Marengo Park District’s top priority is ensuring the safety of all participants.  As an agency we’ve been closely monitoring information being presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding COVID-19.

Under recommendations from these organizations we have had to make some challenging decisions.  The reason these decisions were particularly hard for us is because of the nature of what we do, we bring people together with events, programming and recreational activities-areas where the CDC has outlined COVID-19 can easily spread.

We have decided to cancel/suspend all park district programs and activities beginning March 14th , with a tentative restart date of April 6th.  The park district will evaluate the ongoing situation and keep the public informed of park district activities in the future.  Please be advised the park district will continue to follow suggested best practices from the CDC and IDPH.

Please continue to be safe and follow guidelines suggested by the CDC and IDPH regarding personal safety.  If you have any questions, please call the park district at (815)568-5126.

3/13/2020 COVID-19 Update – Patron Safety is our Top Priority

The Marengo Park District is closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) for best practices and procedures regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak. Currently, there are no anti-viral prevention treatments available for the virus. The most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health practices including:

• Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with other sick people until they are well.

• Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or by coughing into the inside of your elbow/sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash hands often especially before eating and after contact with public surfaces. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not    available use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects including counters, desks, cell phones, computers and TV remotes.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol if washing your hands with soap and water is not an option.

The Marengo Park District has taken steps to help control the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as well as other known viruses such as the flu and the common cold.

To prevent the spread of the virus:

• Upon entering any Park District facility or attending any Park District program, please wash your hands.

• All District facilities are being regularly disinfected, which includes disinfecting door handles, handrails grab bars and equipment.

• Posters encouraging precautionary steps are posted at the entrance to all building entrances and restrooms.

• Tissues and disposal receptacles are available at all facilities.

• When possible, hand sanitizer will be placed throughout District facilities.


The District will continue to monitor information from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and staff have modified procedures accordingly. We will keep you informed should recommendations change.

The District is asking you to do your part to contain the spread of infectious diseases by staying home or keeping your child home from Park District programs and facilities if you or your child are experiencing flu like symptoms or if you are not feeling well. If you or a member of your family contracts COVID-19, please contact (815)568-5126.