Update: May 21, 2020

Dear Residents,

With all the uncertainty, summer 2020 is going to be much different than previous summers in our community. The Restore Illinois Five Phase Plan issued by Governor Pritzker's Office is the plan directing how we move forward based on science and data surrounding the fluid COVID-19 virus situation. We wanted to provide you with this brief update on summer at the Crystal Lake Park District.

Beaches and Boat Rental

oThe opening of the beach at Main Beach is on hold until further notice

oWest Beach will not open for the 2020 summer

o Public Beach operations are included in Phase 4: Revitalization which could occur in early July

o Main Beach Park will be open - The beach area and playground will remain closed per the Governor's Executive Order and have been fenced off due to the start of the "swim season"

oBoat rentals will be available in the near future

oBoat launches will remain open for those with boat launch gate keys

Camps

The 'traditional' day camp programs that many children have enjoyed through the Crystal Lake Park District will not be offered this summer. Instead, the Crystal Lake Park District has been working to create an alternate camp program that can exist within the guidelines of Phase 3: Recovery.

oUnder Phase 3, summer programs can open in the following manner:

  • Using approved IDPH safety guidelines
  • Groups of 10 or fewer
  • Social distancing guidelines in place

oLocations, staffing, activities and timelines are still being developed to determine if camps of this nature are possible.

oDue to preparations and staff training, the earliest start of the alternate camp program would be early July.

Programs and Facilities

Regular summer program offerings will be in our digital brochure that can be found at crystallakeparks.org beginning Fri, May 22. As we progress through the Phases, facilities such as The Racket Club, Nature Center, and Golf Learning Center will begin to open following IDPH guidelines.

Please know that we are closely monitoring the situation daily. We are working hard to be able to bring you the summer programs we all enjoy given the major changes to our operations due to COVID-19.

The value recreation provides a community is beneficial to one's quality of life and even more so during this challenge. The Crystal Lake Park District's ability to deliver services as usual is not possible. As the Crystal Lake Park District navigates through the COVID-19 situation, we greatly appreciate the community's continued patience.

Be safe, be well, and please enjoy your parks, trails and services that are available!!

Jason Herbster, CPRP

Executive Director

Update: May 1, 2020

Greetings Crystal Lake Park District Residents,

I hope this note finds you and your family doing as well as can be expected during these challenging times. As you are aware, Governor Pritzker has extended the stay at home order through May 31, 2020. As a result, the Crystal Lake Park District will remain closed until further notice. All facilities including the Administration Building will be closed. All playgrounds, basketball courts and the Hound Town dog park will remain closed out of concern for social distancing. The CDC has stated that pets need to follow the same social distancing guidelines as everyone else due to reports of animals testing positive for COVID-19.

All outdoor public tennis courts in the parks and pickle ball courts will be open for SINGLES play only. The disc golf course at Lippold Park will also be open. All trails and open spaces along with fishing will remain open. Social distancing is to be practiced at all times and facial masks are to be worn per the Governor's Executive Order if the six feet needed for proper social distancing cannot be achieved.

The Park Services Department will be working to complete essential functions such as grass cutting, park and facility inspections and building maintenance throughout the district. Due to the evolving CDC guidelines and summer camps, programs and events, we have made the decision to provide the summer guide in digital format so that updates can be made as the need arises. The guide will go live and registration will open on Friday, May 15, 2020. As more information develops in these areas, communication will promptly be sent out informing the community. In the meantime, visit our website at crystallakeparks.org to explore some fun activities and virtual offerings.

With the Governor's Executive Order now allowing boating, boat gate launch keys will be on sale for limited hours at the Administration Building drive-through only. The hours for boat gate launch keys will be Monday-Friday, 8:30am-noon.

On behalf of the Park Board of Commissioners and Staff of the Crystal Lake Park District, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the details of the COVID-19 situation. It is times like this that everyone needs their parks and recreation more than ever and we are working hard to get to that point as soon as safely possible. Be safe!

Sincerely,

Jason Herbster, CPRP

Executive Director

Update: April 24, 2020

A Message from the Executive Director
Dear Crystal Lake Park District Residents and Patrons,

Governor Pritzker announced on April 23, 2020 that a modified Stay at Home Order will be extended through May 2020. As of this writing, we have not received the modified Stay at Home Order. Upon receiving the order, the Crystal Lake Park District will apply the direction of the order to all facilities, programs and operations while keeping in mind, first and foremost, the safety and well-being of patrons and staff. Once this process is complete, communications on the changes to Crystal Lake Park District operations will be sent out via our website, social media, to our e-newsletter subscribers and via press release to keep you informed. Thank you for your patience as we work through the details in an effort to bring what services we can back on line as soon and as safely as possible. Be safe!
Sincerely,
Jason Herbster
Crystal Lake Park District Executive Director

Parks and Trails
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.
Contacting the Park District:
While many staff members are working remotely, we are still available to answer your questions! We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Park Police remain on duty. To report any park damage or if you need Park Police assistance, please call 815-455-2313 (Police non-emergency number)
Parks Department staff will continue to monitor properties and facilities with a reduced crew.
For general questions and inquiries, please use the website Contact Form, crystallakeparks.org/contact-us or email jleech@crystallakeparks.org and your email will be forwarded to the staff member in charge of that program or facility.

Update: April 11, 2020

The Crystal Lake Park District continues to monitor guidance from public health officials and the governor's office. We hope to return to normal operations as soon as possible. Please refer to the updates below for the latest District information.

Summer Registration
With the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 situation, the Crystal Lake Park District will not be printing a summer activity guide. Instead, we will provide a digital guide beginning on May 8. In addition to being a cost saving measure, the digital guide will enable staff to provide the most accurate and up to date program/event and facility information based on the evolving Covid-19 restrictions. Registration for summer will open on May 8. Summer camp, which were already accepting registration since February, will continue to be available via our digital camp guide. We are eager to see all of you at our programs, events and facilities!

Social Distancing
As the weather improves, please remember that in accordance with Governor Pritzker's Stay-At-Home order, all Crystal Lake Park District playgrounds, courts, fields, Hound Town Dog Park, fitness areas and the skate park are temporarily CLOSED. Gatherings, including team sports and practices are not allowed. Crystal Lake Park District Police are monitoring parks, but we are counting on the entire community to do their part to ensure that social distancing efforts are as successful as possible. Please adhere to the following:

  • Refrain from using trails if exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Observe CDC's minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.


General Operations
Like most businesses, closures and cancellations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a drastic negative toll on the Park District's finances. Under regular operating conditions, operations income, program revenue, user fees, grants and debt proceeds account for approximately fifty percent of the District's operating budget, with the other fifty percent coming from the District's portion of local property taxes. In order to continue our practice of good stewardship and accountability, the District has taken a number of difficult but necessary steps to minimize operating costs, including temporarily reducing our workforce. While we have some staff working to attend to essential functions such as mowing grass, building maintenance, and customer service, we ask for your patience as there may be some delays to our normal operations. If you need to reach us, please email jleech@crystallakeparks.org or call 815-459-0680 to access staff voicemail directory.

Staying Connected and Having Fun at Home
For tips on staying active and connected while at home, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. During this time we are working with our fitness staff to provide fitness classes via Zoom. In addition, many Independent Contractor program instructors are providing virtual activities/classes/lessons. Crystal Lake Park District staff have created virtual events and contests to engage and stay connected with residents and encourage you to participate.

Sunrise/Sunset Photo Contest: Winner, Debby Kane-Salberg, 1-hour free Main Beach Boat Rental summer 2020

Forts in the Living Virtual Fort Building Contest: submit your photo or video to jleech@crystallakeparks.org by Sun, Apr 12 at 5 pm, winner receives a $25 Baskin Robbins gift card

National Pet Day Photo/Video Contest: submit your photo or video to jleech@crystallakeparks.org by Mon, Apr 13 at 5 pm, winner receives a pet-themed gift basket

For the latest updates on our operational response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.crystallakeparks.org/coronavirus

Update: April 1, 2020

Governor Pritzker has extended the stay-at-home order to April 30, 2020. Please see below for how this extension impacts Crystal Lake Park District operations.

Closed Through April 30:

oAll Crystal Lake Park District facilities including The Racket Club, Administrative Office, Barlina House Preschool, Grand Oaks, Colonel Palmer House, Nature Center and Lippold Park Family Golf Center are closed through April 30, 2020.

oAll playgrounds.

oAll outdoor courts (basketball, sand volleyball,, tennis, pickleball), athletic facilities and fields, and Lippold Park Disc Golf Couse, Lippold Park Hound Town and Lippold Park Skate Park.

oOpening day for Lippold Park Family Golf Center is tentatively rescheduled for May 9.

Program Cancellations:

All registered and free programs/special events scheduled to begin or take place between now and April 30 are canceled or postponed. Staff will reach out to participants and families directly with more information on program make-ups, rescheduling, or refunds. Information will be available early next week regarding the refund process and timeline.

Open:

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.

Racket Club Memberships:

All Racket Club automatic billing payments are on hold as of April 1 and until the facility re-opens.

Boat Gate Key Cards:

Boat launch keys purchased for the 2019 season are still able to be used until further notice. Those that have purchased new keys for 2020 are now able to be used. Due to the boat launch not being an essential service under the Governor's Executive Order and the Administrative Offices being closed under this Order, new boat launch keys will not be available for purchase until the Governor's Executive Order is lifted

Facility & Picnic Shelter Rentals:

Staff will reach out to you directly if you had a facility or picnic shelter rental scheduled between now and April 30 that has not already been canceled or rescheduled.

Barlina House Preschool & Extended Time:

All automatic billings and payments continue to be suspended until the District re-opens and the programs resume. If the programs are cancelled entirely at a later date, refunds will be processed accordingly at that time.

Contacting the Park District:

While many staff members are working remotely, we are still available to answer your questions! We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Park Police remain on duty. To report any park damage or if you need Park Police assistance, please call 815-455-2313 (Police non-emergency number)

Parks Department staff will continue to monitor properties and facilities with a reduced crew.

For general questions and inquiries, please use the website Contact Form,crystallakeparks.org/contact-us or email jleech@crystallakeparks.org and your email will be forwarded to the staff member in charge of that program or facility.

As always, your continued understanding, patience and support is valued and appreciated during this challenging time. Adherence to the guidelines and stay-at-home order is also appreciated. It is imperative that one's personal enjoyment must take a back seat to public safety and the wellness of all.

Update: March 27, 2020

At this time, Crystal Lake Park District trails and open green space at parks remain open. Please practice social distancing while enjoying our paths. Group activities of any kind are prohibited. In following with Governor Pritzker's order, all of our playgrounds and park amenities remain closed until further notice. Effective March 27, The Crystal Lake Park District has expanded the closure to include athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, pickleball courts and Lippold Park outdoor fitness equipment, Hound Town Dog Park and the Lippold Park Skate Park. All indoor facilities remain closed. Please review updates below for previous closures and information about program and event cancellations.

Update: March 24, 2020

On Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker ordered a stay-at-home order for Illinois to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Illinois' stay-at-home order began at 5 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020, and continues through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.


The Crystal Lake Park District has already taken many proactive measures to protect the health and wellness of our residents and employees. As the world grapples with COVID-19, we want to update you on added impacts to our parks and programs. All information below is subject to change as the situation progresses. We will continue to re-evaluate and provide an updates as the situation evolves.

  • All indoor facilities are closed through April 7.
  • Effective Mon, Mar 23 Hound Town is closed until further notice. We will notify all current key card holders by email when the dog park reopens.
  • Due to the shutdown of the Administrative Office we are unable to issue NEW boat gate key cards until the office reopens (tentative reopen date April 8, 2020). To accommodate 2019 key card holders who have not yet renewed, key cards for both 2019 and 2020 will remain active at this time.
  • Registered programs are canceled or postponed until at through April 7. Cancelled pre-registered special events include: Breakfast with the Bunny (Apr 4), Doggy Egg Hunt (Apr 5). Cancelled drop -In special events include: Scouting Around (April 4), Community Clean-Up Day (Apr 18), Craft like a Pioneer: Candle Dipping (April 18) and American Heritage Merit Badge (April 21),
  • Online, mail-in, fax-in registration is available.
  • Lippold Park Family Golf Center will have a tentative delayed opening day of May 9
  • Staff will be in contact with registered participants/families regarding program make-ups, rescheduling, or refunds.
  • Public parks will remain open. We strongly encourage the public to follow social distancing guidelines and not congregate.
  • Outdoor courts (tennis, basketball) will remain open but subject to change. Spoerl & Ken Bird Pickleball court nets are to be installed the first week of April (weather & staff dependent) and courts will open for play after that time.
  • All playgrounds and Lippold Park Skate Park are closed.

It is important to note that the Park District continues to operate while being closed to the public in the following ways:

  • Park Police remain on duty. To report any park damage or if you need Park Police assistance, please call 815-356-3620 (Police non-emergency number)
  • Staff working remotely will be available via phone and email Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 5 pm.
  • Parks Department staff will continue to monitor properties and facilities with a reduced crew.
  • Please click here to access our staff directory or email jleech@crystallakeparks.org and your message will be sent to the correct supervisor.

    The District is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely and receiving frequent updates from our federal, state and regional public health partners. The District will continue to evaluate and make decisions based on the guidance from these trusted sources.

    We encourage residents to follow the District's social media sites and website (crystallakeparks.org/coronavirus) for the most current information. We also recommend residents sign-up for the Crystal Lake Park E-Newsletter if they haven't already done so. Subscribe at https://tinyurl.com/SubscribeCLPDConnect



For more information on the COVID-19 virus, please visit the following links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
McHenry County Health Department (MCDH)
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

As always, your continued understanding, patience and support is valued and appreciated.

For Immediate Release: With the "stay at home " order issued by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, all Crystal Lake Park District facilities are closed through Tuesday, April 7. During this time all Crystal Lake Park District parks will remain open but playgrounds are included in the executive order for closure. We ask that all park goers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe while enjoying parks and open space areas.

Stay tuned to Crystal Lake Park District social media pages and website for updates plus tips and options to stay active and engaged during this trying time.

crystallakeparks.org/

facebook.com/CrystalLakeParkDistrict/

instagram.com/crystal_lake_park_district/

twitter.com/CLParkDistrict

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow Governor Pritzker's orders in regards reopening Park District facilities. After that time, decisions regarding programs and facility rentals will be made on a week-to-week basis. For the latest information, please visit our web page at https://www.crystallakeparks.org/coronavirus

For questions relating to the Crystal Lake Park District and the Corona Virus, please contact Jason Herbster, Executive Director, jherbster@crystallakeparks.org, 815-459-0680, ext. 1203

Update: March 20, 2020, 3 pm

With the "stay at home " order issued by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, all Crystal Lake Park District facilities are closed through Tuesday, April 7. During this time all Crystal Lake Park District parks will remain open but playgrounds are included in the executive order for closure. We ask that all park goers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe while enjoying parks and open space areas.

Stay tuned to Crystal Lake Park District social media pages and website for updates plus tips and options to stay active and engaged during this trying time.

crystallakeparks.org/

facebook.com/CrystalLakeParkDistrict/

instagram.com/crystal_lake_park_district/

twitter.com/CLParkDistrict

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow Governor Pritzker's orders in regards reopening Park District facilities. After that time, decisions regarding programs and facility rentals will be made on a week-to-week basis. For the latest information, please visit our web page at https://www.crystallakeparks.org/coronavirus

For questions relating to the Crystal Lake Park District and the Corona Virus, please contact Jason Herbster, Executive Director, jherbster@crystallakeparks.org, 815-459-0680, ext. 1203

Update: March 20, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020 The Administration Building drive-thru will be closed to the public until further notice.

UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020

The Crystal Lake Park District has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely, and the health and well-being of our residents and members is our top priority. Based on the Executive Order issued by Governor Pritzker, the following facilities have been added to our list of closures:

Effective March 17, 2020, all Crystal Lake Park District facilities including the Administration Building will be closed. The drive through at the Administration Building, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake will be open during normal business hours. The Wednesday evening hours have been suspended until March 25, 2020, and will be re-evaluated at that time.

Effective March 18, 2020 The Racket Club will be closed until further notice due to the provision in the Executive Order including fitness centers/health clubs.

All rentals will be cancelled until further notice. Lauren Thibodeau, Facility Rental Supervisor (lthibodeau@crystallakeparks.org) will be in contact to discuss refund/reschedule options.

At this time, Crystal Lake Park District parks, walking trails and playgrounds are open. We ask that all park goers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe while enjoying parks and open space areas.

Effective today through April 18 all large group special events are cancelled. Staff are working on contingency plans for rescheduling programs and activities where possible. Information on potential refunds or credits will be forthcoming.

Stay tuned to Crystal Lake Park District social media pages and website for tips and options to stay active and engaged during this trying time.

crystallakeparks.org/

facebook.com/CrystalLakeParkDistrict/

instagram.com/crystal_lake_park_district/

twitter.com/CLParkDistrict

We will continue to monitor the situation and a decision on reopening Park District facilities and programs will be made on a week-to-week basis. For the latest information, please visit our web page at https://www.crystallakeparks.org/coronavirus

For questions relating to the Crystal Lake Park District and the Corona Virus, please contact Jason Herbster, Executive Director, jherbster@crystallakeparks.org, 815-459-0680, ext. 1203

Update: March 13, 2020

Crystal Lake Park District Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Effective March 14 through March 29 Programs Cancelled and Facilities Closed

Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and the current projections from public health officials about the potential spread and severity of this virus, the Crystal Lake Park District has made the decision to cancel all Park District programs and events effective Saturday, March 14 thru Sunday, March 29. For ongoing programs, prorated refunds for the period of the closure will be issued. Extended Time and Barlina House participants will receive an email update regarding refund options. Full refunds will be issued for single day events or programs that were to take place during this closure period.

During this closure period, all Park District facilities will be closed with the exception of:

  • Crystal Lake Park District Admin. Building, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake
  • Parks Services Maintenance Building, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake
  • The Racket Club, 9101 S. Route 31, Algonquin, IL*

*The Racket Club is open for private lessons, permanent court time and general court rentals ONLY. All group lessons, leagues and special events are cancelled.

Existing individual and organizational facility rentals during this time period will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lauren Thibodeau, Facility Rental Supervisor at lthibodeau@crystallakeparks.org, 815-459-0680, ext. 1226.

We will continue to monitor the situation and a decision on reopening Park District facilities and programs will be made on a week-to-week basis. For the latest information, please visit our web page at crystallakeparks.org/coronavirus

While we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area the Park District serves, we, like other community organizations, feel a responsibility to do our part in being proactive to help reduce the spread of this virus. For questions relating to the Crystal Lake Park District and the Corona Virus, please contact Jason Herbster, Executive Director, jherbster@crystallakeparks.org, 815-459-0680, ext. 1203.