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COVID-19 Update 4.1.2020


In alignment with Governor Pritzker's order on March 31, 2020 to extend the stay in place order throughout Illinois through April 30, all Park District programs are cancelled and all facilities are closed through April 30, 2020.

All playgrounds are closed until further notice by the order of the State of Illinois as of March 20, 2020. Our public parks and our dog parks will remain open.  Dog park permit holders are asked to follow these guidelines. Additionally, we encourage the public to follow social distancing guidelines.

As of March 25, 2020 the Oak Park Public Health Department has issued an order to close all Park District courts (including tennis, basketball, volleyball and pickleball) and all fields.

An additional order on March 25, 2020 states organized sport games or competition, such as baseball, softball, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tag, football or similar activities, between persons at public parks or outdoor recreation areas are prohibited in order to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 disease because such activities could entail or promote non-compliance with the social distancing requirements set forth in Governor Pritzker’s Order. 

Read the supplemental 3.25. 2020 order in its entirety here

Residents are welcomed to walk park paths following social distancing guidelines.

If you or your family are looking for resources and information to cope with COVID-19 and its impact, here is a resource guide packed full of information and resources currently available in our community.

This guide will be updated with new information and resources on a weekly basis.

Illinois Stay at Home FAQs

COVID-19 Know the Facts

The intent of the Stay in Place Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

VOP State of Emergency Declaration

VOP Shelter in Place Order

Program Cancellations

If you or a family member are registered for a current program that has been cancelled or postponed, a program supervisor will be in contact with you regarding program make-ups or refunds.

Staff Contact Info

The following is staff contact information for your questions. Most staff members are working remotely and can respond to your phone call within 24 hours.

If you have a question pertaining to a customer service matter such as program registration, refunds or transfers, please contact Scott Sekulich at 708.725.2023.

If you have a question pertaining to community center rentals or park permits, please call Trina Hartzog at 708.725.2303.

For Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex rentals please call Kayla Fauria at 708.725.2315.

For Conservatory rentals, please call Patti Staley at 708.725.2451.

For Cheney Mansion rentals please call Susan Crane at 708.725.2500.

To speak with other staff members regarding a program or facility question, please access our staff directory.

We will keep you updated as events unfold.

Read about the Village of Oak Park's actions to address the Coronavirus

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to address the Coronavirus issue.

Precautionary Steps

The CDC has advised that since there is no anti-viral prevention treatment currently available for the virus, taking common sense precautions is the best approach to adopt such as:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol if washing your hands with soap and water is not an option.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home such as TV remotes, cell phones and computers.




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