Operations Update June 1

Mon June 1, 2020

Based on the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-38 issued on May 29, 2020 and the guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Crystal Lake Park District has made the following updates to operations as we enter Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

The Racket Club Tennis facility will open for lessons and open play on June 8 following the guidelines provided by the DCEO. 

The Lippold Park Family Golf Center driving range, practice area and miniature golf will open June 15 following the guidelines provided by the DCEO. While we planned on opening sooner than June 15, the conditions of the grounds is forcing a delay. Due to the record rain fall during the month of May, the turf areas at the Golf Center are too wet for mowing equipment. As a result, the grass is long and needs to be cut and cleaned up prior to the facility opening. Due to the high volume of peat in the ground in that area, this area takes longer than normal to dry out.

The Crystal Lake Park District’s newly developed Day Camp program is anticipated to begin July 6 following the DCEO, IDPH and American Camping Association (ACA) guidelines. Staff is currently being hired and will have to go through the onboarding process along with training that consists of the typical camp staff training along with the new training program that specifically addresses the new environment due to the COVID-19 situation. Registration information can be found on our website at www.crystallakeparks.org

Main and West Beach remain closed pending direction from the IDPH. If beaches are able to open, consideration to open West Beach as well as Main Beach will be given provided we are able to properly and safely staff the beach. 

Parks and trails remain open. We ask that users adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order and follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines when visiting these spaces. This includes practicing social distancing and not gathering in groups. Ignoring guidelines could result in increased restrictions.

Boat Rentals at Main Beach will be available beginning June 8. Information regarding the reservation process will be announced via our website and social media prior to June 8.

Hound Town Dog Park at Lippold Park is anticipated to open on June 15.

The Skate Park and Batting Cages at Lippold Park will open June 3.

Doubles play on
tennis and pickle ball courts is allowed, but singles is still recommended. For a list of parks with tennis courts and pickleball courts, visit our interactive map

All indoor programming
other than what has been specifically called out in the Governor’s Executive Order is postponed until further notice.

Nature Center remains closed but will be offering some outdoor programming opportunities in the near future.

The Administration Building remains closed but the
drive through window is open from Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-noon for limited services that include boat launch gate keys, fisherman gate keys and drop off registration.

Colonel Palmer House remains closed.

Playgrounds, Splash Pads and basketball courts
are to remain closed per the Governor’s Executive Order. 

Youth Sports
are able to take place in some capacity based on the DCEO guidelines. Crystal Lake Park District Affiliate sports groups are putting together plans
that will allow play soon.

As more information becomes available, updates will be provided.