Oregon Park District Closures & Cancellations
Mar 20th, 2020
Nash Recreation Center is currently closed. Public pools and recreation facility operations are not included as part of the Phase 3-Recovery of the Restore Illinois Plan released by Governor Pritzker. In addition, there has been no direction or guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) concerning safe operation of these facilities. To the degree possible without input from IDPH, the health, safety and operational challenges related to the operation of our facility under social distancing protocols are being reviewed and evaluated by the park district. Once IDPH provides direction, final decisions can be made and communicated to the public.
As part of the Nash Recreation Center’s required closure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the District is offering 2 options to all Pass Holders. All monthly pass payments have been suspended effective April 20th.
Option 1: Pass Holders may request a prorated refund of their existing pass. Nash closed on March 13th and the remaining balance of prepaid memberships can be immediately refunded. If you wish to choose this option, just fill out the request form here. One submission for family passes will cancel the entire family pass.
Option 2: Pass Holders may keep their pass in suspension status until Nash officially re-opens. All passes will then then be re-activated and extended for the amount of time that Nash was closed. For example, if Nash re-opens on June 1st, your pass expiration will be extended by 80 days. There is no need to contact us if you wish to keep your pass in suspension status. There will be no automatic withdrawals of monthly pass payments. The community will be notified once Nash is prepared to re-open.
Virtual Programming – The Recreation Department is excited to offer a variety of both virtual and social distancing programming beginning June 1. In order to abide by CDC and IDPH guidelines registration is required for even our free programming to limit the numbers to 10 or less. Check out the fun offerings at https://www.oregonpark.org/virtual-programming/.
Special Events -All special events have been cancelled through July 31, 2020. This includes the annual Color Run, Summer Concert Series, Brown Bag Lunches, and Sprint Triathlon. These events attract crowds that range between 100-750 participants and social distancing would not be possible.
Youth Baseball/Softball – The 2020 season has been cancelled. A season cannot safely be conducted utilizing social distancing guidelines or without active contact.
Farmer’s Market – The Farmer’s Market will not begin until July 7th and will only begin if all requirements of the Illinois Farmer’s Market Association are followed by vendors and customers.
PARK AMENITY CLOSURES
Our parks will remain open under the current social distancing requirement, or under future revisions of those rules, but nothing greater.
- Use of park shelters will only be allowed if used in accordance with social distancing requirements. No shelter reservations will be taken during the months of June and July.
- No use of playgrounds in the parks. This is a continuation of a current restriction.
- Tennis courts can be used, but social distancing must be observed at all times.
- Basketball courts can be used but only by one user for each hoop, unless immediate family, and social distancing observed at all times.
- Paths will remain open for runners, walkers, and bikers. Fitness equipment at Fairground Park will remain closed.
- Dog Park will remain closed until further notice.
- The splash pad will open, if and when the Illinois Department of Public Health permits use.
The District has remained closed since March 14th. During this time, the Oregon Park District employees have remained committed to our operation and are looking forward to serving the community upon reopening. Many projects have been completed and program changes implemented in preparation for our residents to return. A special thank you to the Oregon Park District employees for their continued dedication and commitment to serving our community. We encourage residents to continue to use the parks and enjoy the benefits of spending time outside. Please continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines and practice social distancing at all times. The Oregon Park District’s top priority is the health and safety of our community, players, coaches, and families. Please direct all questions pertaining to cancellations or program changes to email@example.com.