Update: Feb 3, 2021

Illinois Department of Public Health has moved Region 9 to Phase 4 effective February 3, 2021.

All patrons must continue to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, maintain a social distance of 6 feet, and frequently wash hands.
Programs and events will continue as listed in the update listed below for Jan 26, 2021.
In addition:

Grand Oaks Active Senior Center programs will resume March 1 with pre-registration required for all drop-in activities.

Facility Rentals
  • To discuss a current facility rental or a facility rental you are considering for the future, please contact Lauren Thibodeau at lthibodeau@crystallakeparks.org to discuss Tier 1 Mitigation requirements.

Playgrounds/Parks

  • All Crystal Lake Park District playgrounds and parks continue to remain open.
  • Face masks and physical distancing recommended.

Update Jan 26, 2021

Earlier today, Tuesday, January 26, Governor Pritzker announced that our region (region 9) has moved to Tier 1 Mitigations effective immediately. The state's guidelines, as it relates to Crystal Lake Park District operations, are below:

Indoor recreational activities: Tot Variety, Youth Variety Programs, Adult Variety Programs, Youth Sports Classes

  • Indoor/outdoor recreation programs with less than 25 participants can take place
  • All in person classes will continue to have to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • iCook and Art Attack classes will still be held virtually as stated in the brochure.

Group Fitness/Yoga

  • Group fitness class size limits adjusted based on room capacity
  • We will continue to offer the hybrid classes (for classes with West Beach location ONLY) with Zoom and/or in person options for those interested.
  • Adjustments have been made in facility to accommodate 6 foot social distancing of all participants
  • Face coverings are to be worn in and out of facilities
  • Hand sanitization stations are available for participants entering and leaving the facility
  • Participants required to wipe down equipment after use
  • Participants bring their own yoga mats to yoga classes and all classes bring their own water bottles

The Racket Club

The Racket Club will continue with changes made in Tier 2 Mitigations:

  • Masks are no longer required on court, provided 6 feet of separation can be maintained between individuals. Masks are still required when not on court.
  • Doubles play in all ways, shapes, and forms may resume.
  • Decisions regarding timing of classes starting are pending
  • A list of current COVID-19 Event Participation Modifications at The Racket Club is posted for all members and guests at the Racket Club front desk.

The Nature Center

  • Nature Center hours of operation resumed on Jan 26
  • Visitors and staff required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • Nature Center classes and drop in programs will resume as listed in the winter sprint guide with masks required and social distancing requirements


Hours of Operation

Tu-Sat, 10 am-4 pm

Colonel Palmer House

  • Colonel Palmer House hours of operation resume on Th, Jan 28.
  • Visitors and staff required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Hours of Operation

Th, 1-4 pm and Sat, 11 am-4 pm

Extended Time

  • Extended Time at D47 schools will continue to operate under the guidelines released by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • Students and staff required to wear masks and maintain social distancing

Barlina House Preschool

  • Barlina House Preschool will continue to operate under guidelines released by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • Students and staff required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Group Fitness/Yoga

  • Group fitness class size limits adjusted based on room capacity
  • We will continue to offer the hybrid classes (for classes with West Beach location ONLY) with Zoom and/or in person options for those interested.
  • Adjustments have been made in facility to accommodate 6 foot social distancing of all participants
  • Face coverings are to be worn in and out of facilities
  • Hand sanitization stations are available for participants entering and leaving the facility
  • Participants required to wipe down equipment after use
  • Participants bring their own yoga mats to yoga classes and all classes bring their own water bottles

Outdoor sports classes

  • Outdoor sports and recreation programs can take place with groups smaller than 25
  • Low-risk sports participants may play in tournaments, championships, out-of-state play
  • Medium risk sports participants may play intra-league and conference meets
  • High risk sports participants may play intra-team scrimmages but may NOT engage in competitive play

Grand Oaks Active Senior Center

  • March 1 projected reopening
  • Weekly schedule after reopening can be found in the digital guide
Facility Rentals
  • To discuss a current facility rental or a facility rental you are considering for the future, please contact Lauren Thibodeau at lthibodeau@crystallakeparks.org to discuss Tier 1 Mitigation requirements.

Playgrounds/Parks

  • All Crystal Lake Park District playgrounds and parks continue to remain open.
  • Face masks and physical distancing recommended.

View the Winter/Spring digital guide for a complete list of classes and events. The guide is updated weekly. If you have specific questions, our program managers are happy to assist you:

Fitness/Yoga/Youth Programs: Jennifer Peterson

Grand Oaks Active Adult Center and Active Adult Programs: Jennifer Peterson

Barlina House Preschool/Extended Time: Sam Thompson

Youth Athletics/Aquatics: Heidi Stolt

Dance/Art/Special Events: Lindsey Pollina

Facility Rentals: Lauren Thibodeau

UPDATE JAN 19, 2021

Update Jan 19, 2021

The Governor announced yesterday, Jan 18 that our region (region 9) is able to move to Tier 2 mitigation due to meeting the metrics that are in place to do so. If you are enrolled in programs that were scheduled to happen this evening or in the next couple days, you will be contacted by a Recreation Supervisor regarding program changes.

Tier 2 Announcement Means that We Can Welcome You Back to Programs!

We invite you to browse the winter/spring program guide as it is updated weekly to reflect all program/event offerings now through the end of May. If a program has already started, please don't hesitate to reach out as you may still be able to register at a pro-rated price.

Winter Spring Digital Guide

Special Events

. Events listed in the brochure are moving forward as listed with face coverings and social distancing requirements

. Due to miniature golf course icy conditions, Snow What! Let's Putt Family Mini Golf event has a new date (Feb 27) and registration is still open.

Fitness and Yoga

. Most classes are now in person and some will be offered with hybrid option (participant selects Zoom or in person)

. Classes are 10 person, in person max

. Fees have been pro-rated

. For questions regarding fitness/yoga, contact Jennifer Peterson at jpeterson@crystallakeparks.org

. An up to date daily schedule of classes can be found online at on our Fitness/Yoga page

Youth Variety

. Cooking: All iCook cooking classes will continue to be held on zoom at this time.

. Other classes moving forward in the brochure, in person with face coverings required and social distancing guidelines in place

Dance/Baton/Theater

. Classes moving forward in the brochure, in person with face coverings required and social distancing guidelines in place

. For questions regarding Dance/Baton/Theater, contact Lindsey Pollina at lpollina@crystallakeparks.org

Art

. Art Attack Classes will continue to be held on Zoom

. All other art classes will be held in person with masks required and maintaining social distancing.

. For questions regarding Art classes contact Lindsey Pollina at lpollina@crystallakeparks.org

Youth Athletics

. Hot Shots Sports classes moving forward in the brochure, in person with face coverings required and social distancing guidelines in place

. Karate classes moving forward in the brochure, in person with face coverings required and social distancing guidelines in place

. For questions regarding Youth Sports classes contact Heidi Stolt at hstolt@crystallakeparks.org

Senior/Adult:

. Classes moving forward in the brochure, in person with face coverings required and social distancing guidelines in place

. Senior Center projected to open March 1

Nature Center

Nature Center hours of operation resume on Tu, Jan 26.

Hours of Operation

Tu-Sat, 10 am-4 pm

. NART (Nature Art) drop in will be rescheduled to Sat, Jan 30, 10 am-Noon

. Nature Center classes and drop in programs will resume as listed in the winter/spring guide with masks required and social distancing requirements

Colonel Palmer House

Colonel Palmer House hours of operation resume on Th, Jan 28.

Hours of Operation: Th, 1-4 pm and Sat, 11 am-4 pm

The Racket Club

. Masks are no longer required on court, provided 6 feet of separation can be maintained between individuals. Masks are still required when not on court.

. Doubles play in all ways, shapes, and forms may resume.

. Decisions regarding timing of classes starting are pending

. A list of current COVID-19 Event Participation Modifications at The Racket Club is posted for all members and guests at the Racket Club front desk.

UpDATE Jan 18, 2021

The Governor announced today that our region (region 9) is able to move to Tier 2 mitigation due to meeting the metrics that are in place to do so. If you are enrolled in programs that were scheduled to happen this evening or in the next couple days, you will be contacted by a Recreation Supervisor regarding program changes. Changes could include: programs now able to take place indoors and program offered in person rather than virtually. As we gather more information about this move Tier 2 and its' impact on other future programs/events and facility rentals, updates will be posted on this web page, as well as, all Park District social media.

Updated Jan 15, 2021

The Governor announced today that three regions are able to move to Tier 2 mitigation due to meeting the metrics that are in place to do so. Unfortunately, our region (region 9) is not quite there. The positive that came from the press conference is that as soon as our region meets the metrics to move to the next Tier, we are able to do so

UPDATEd Jan 6, 2021

Today the Illinois Governor announced an extension of the current Tier 3 mitigations that were set to expire on Saturday, January 9. The current restrictions are now extended through Friday, January 15 at least. After that date, as regions of Illinois meet the metrics to advance to loosen restrictions, they will be permitted to do so. You can follow this progress through the IDPH website on our Region.

Some in-person activities will have a delayed start until Saturday, January 16 or until our region meets the appropriate criteria. Other program areas will move forward with offering the initial weeks of programming via Zoom. For programs offering this option, staff will communicate with customers who are registered.

We are still taking registration on programs/events and hope to start as soon as state restrictions allow. You can view our current list of activities in our Winter/Spring Activity Guide

If you have any additional questions regarding the status of Crystal Lake Park District Programming, please contact our main office at (815) 459-0680.

PROGRAMS

Staff will communicate directly with program participants via phone or email about modification, suspension, cancellation, or a virtual option for registered programs and events scheduled to take place from November 19 -January 9. All programs unless virtual, will pause until further notice. The two exceptions are the Barlina House Preschool program which will continue normal operations and the Extended Time Virtual learning program.

PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS

Parks and playgrounds will remain open. Visitors to these areas are asked to observe a minimum of 6 feet social distancing and to wear face coverings.

PARK AMENITIES

  • Basketball Courts are open weather and/or compliance dependent and limited to groups of 10 or less. No competitive play. Face coverings are required.
  • Hound Town Dog Park at Lippold Park is open to members. Face coverings are required while inside the park.
  • Lippold Park Skate Park is limited to 10 participants or less. If there is a wait, patrons must limit their usage to one hour from the time they arrive. Face coverings are required. The park will remain open weather and/or compliance dependent.
  • Sled Hills will be open weather dependent. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
  • Ice Skating at Main and West Beaches will be open weather dependent. Social distancing and face coverings are required.

FACILITIES

Administration Building - will remain open during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30 am -5 pm, Wed 5-6:30 pm (drive thru only))

Drive Up Window Drop Off Services - Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-Noon

After Hours - a drop off box is located next to the drive up window

Racket Club - will be open for private lessons, advanced reservations for singles only and permanent court time users. Details are available by contacting the Racket Club directly at (847) 658-5688. Group lessons will pause until further notice.

Nature Center - Closed

Colonel Palmer House - Closed

RENTALS

Facility Rentals - Facility rentals are not available at this time. Reservations for future dates can still be made at this time. Renters who are affected by the new mitigations will be contacted by staff.

Field Rentals - Fields are available to rent for groups of 10 or less. Masks are required to be worn at all times

Special Events - Please check the Crystal Lake Park District website at crystallakeparks.org for updates on special events.

WINTER-SPRING ACTIVITY GUIDE

The Winter/Spring Digital Activity Guide 2021 which includes programs running mid-December thru May was released on December 2. The digital format will allow updates as soon as we are made aware of any changes to operations.