Dear Rolling Meadows Park District Community,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure the health and safety of our participants, guests and staff. Based on the Governor's five-phase Restore Illinois Plan, we are cancelling all events and rentals for the month of June. Additionally, most on-site programs are cancelled for the month of June; with exceptions being those able to meet Phase 3 gathering (10 people or fewer) and social distancing guidelines, such as summer camp and Pilates. Please see below for specific updates on summer camp, ice arenas, Nelson Sports Complex Pool and Splash Pad, virtual programming and potential new on-site programs.
We have had to rethink our camp operation to see if we can safely and effectively offer this experience to our community. It will not look or feel the same as usual, but we are hopeful that it will be worthwhile. Thank you to those who responded to our survey, we greatly appreciate your time and feedback.
Unfortunately, we are unable to begin camp when originally scheduled. Therefore, we are cancelling Session 1 of Camps Wonder, Soar and Quest; along with the first two-weeks of Camp Explore and all summer offerings of Camp Imagine and Dance Camp. We also cannot feasibly offer specialty options within our camp structure. This means we cannot provide before care (Rise & Shine), after care (Extended Stay), or half-day options. We have to focus on our main core program in order to keep all involved as safe as possible. A full or partial (Camp Explore) refund will automatically be provided for all of the above mentioned cancellations.
As we continue to work on our restructured version of camp, there are a few things we know will be different. The new tentative start date for our restructured camps is June 22, 2020. The restructured camp will incorporate smaller group sizes, separate locations allowing for little to no crossover between camp groups, increased sanitation practices, face coverings when necessary, and social distancing restrictions in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. While the pool will be closed and off-site field trips will not be feasible, our team is focused on maximizing outdoor play and no-touch games and activities. Camps Wonder, Soar, and Quest will continue to offer both session-based and weekly options. However, due to the need to keep camp groups separate and provide indoor shelter for each group, there may be a limited number of spaces available for registration.
If you are currently enrolled and would like to remain enrolled then no further action will be required. Those that are currently enrolled but do not feel comfortable moving forward with camp during this climate can receive a full refund; click here to request a refund. Registration is currently open for those that would like to newly enroll.
Further details will be shared through the camp manual on what to expect this summer, including increased safety measures, sick-child protocol, drop-off/pick-up procedures, and general activities. If you have any questions before receiving the camp manual, please feel free to contact Andrea Wilford for Camps Wonder, Soar, and Quest or Karrie Miletic for Camp Explore.
We are continuing to evaluate and develop plans to get back on the ice, in a limited capacity, shortly after reaching Phase 3 of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan. Initial reopening of ice arenas will incorporate group sizes of 10 people or fewer, increased sanitation practices, face coverings when necessary, and social distancing restrictions in accordance with IDPH and CDC guidelines.
Nelson Sports Complex Pool and Splash Pad
Due to our commitment to the health and safety of the community we previously made the difficult decision to keep Nelson Sports Complex Pool and Splash Pad closed for the 2020 Season. We understand the pool and splash pad provide immeasurable benefits to the community; however, the guidelines associated with social distancing and recommendations provided by the State of Illinois and CDC just do not make it feasible to open these amenities. If you have registered for any summer aquatic programs, a full refund will be provided.
As a reminder, our beautiful parks and picturesque walking trails remain open. Please remember, when enjoying the outdoors, be respectful, responsible, and maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet. Additionally, our virtual programming for the Month of June for preschoolers to seniors continues from the comfort of your own home. As the northeast region of Illinois continues to progress through Phase 3 and into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois we will strategically and safely add new on-site program offerings. And, please continue to follow Rolling Meadows Park District on Facebook and Instagram for the latest #RecreateAtHome activities, contests, and ways to win amazing prizes.
On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and staff, thank you for your patience and understanding. It remains our distinct privilege to inspire our community to live happier and healthier lives by providing exceptional opportunities to play, learn and grow.
Be safe, be well, and we're all in this together.
The Rolling Meadows Park District
Last updated Thursday, May 21 at 10:10am.