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.