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With the CDC now moving DuPage County into a “substantial” level of community transmission for COVID-19, it is now recommended that all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, wear a mask in public indoor settings. Beginning August 2, the Bensenville Park District will require all individuals to wear a mask while indoors in all our facilities, regardless of vaccination status. The safety of our staff and patrons remains a top priority. We appreciate your cooperation.

Bensenville, Illinois (April 21, 2021) — Bensenville Park District was awarded a $20,000 grant to complete tree inventories and develop a management plan for its urban forest. 

The funds were provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban and Community Forestry Core Grant Program, and administered by The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI). 

“Data collected from the tree inventory will help our team prioritize tree management activities and guide our short and long-term plans involving the protection, pruning, planting and removal of trees. Once completed, the tree inventory will tell us how many trees we have, where they are located, their size, what condition they are in, and our tree species composition. The information will be used to identify opportunities to increase planting and diversity, which will help improve our urban forest.” Joseph Vallez – Executive Director, Bensenville Park District.

The $20,000 grant award, with an additional $13,000 from the Bensenville Park District, will cover the fees associated with the district wide, stem-by-stem tree inventory and urban forestry management plan conducted and created by Great Lakes Urban Forestry Management. 

“Urban trees are critical infrastructure for a community, and this funding helps to protect one of its most important resources,” said Lydia Scott, director of CRTI. “Trees clean our air and water, reduce flooding and heat, improve our mental and physical health, and provide important habitat for birds and other wildlife.”

Once the tree inventory has been completed and the management plan developed, it will be available on the Bensenville Park District’s website. 

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The safety of our patrons is our top priority. We have been notified of a positive COVID-19 exposure at the DGLC the week of December 7. If you visited the DGLC or exercised at Wood St Fitness, we encourage you to either get yourself tested, or consult your health care provider for advice. For everyone’s safety the DGLC and Wood St. Fitness will be closed minimally through December 28. At that time the district will provide an update as to when our facility will reopen. Fitness memberships will automatically be pushed out the duration of time we are closed. We wish everyone the best of health.

Effective Friday, Nov 20 in accordance with new state-mandated restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19, all in-person programming including group fitness classes have been canceled, until further notice.

Wood St. Fitness remains open by reservation only; however, our locker rooms are closed. Patrons should come workout ready and leave all personal items in their vehicles.

 

 

 

 

The Deer Grove Leisure Center and Wood St Fitness will reopen as scheduled Monday, November 9 at 6am. We are excited to welcome everyone back but please know the safety of all is still front and center. Those entering any of our facilities should practice the Ws:  Wear a mask over your nose and mouth, Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact,  and Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. As of now you can call us at 630-766-7015 to reserve your space in the fitness center, fitness class, or walking track. Please note we are cutting program and facility maximums so be sure to reserve your spot early. We are excited to see all your faces once again.

October 26, 2020

Dear Bensenville Park District families,

The Bensenville Park District has been notified of a potential exposure to a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case at the Monster Mash Event held at the Deer Grove Leisure Center. At this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) are closely monitoring COVID-19 in Illinois to assess exposures and the level of risk to individuals who may have been exposed. Based on the information known and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this has been determined to be a low-risk exposure.

For persons without illness in the category of low-risk contacts (e.g., being in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact, there is currently no movement restriction beyond social distancing recommendations.

Although your risk of COVID-19 from this exposure is considered to be low, in the setting of a pandemic with widespread community transmission in Illinois, you are asked to self-monitor for the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking and chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you develop fever or cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of this exposure, please do the following:

  • Stay Home while ill (self-isolation). Practice social distancing by avoiding public areas and gatherings.
  • Contact your health care provider to determine if medical evaluation is needed. Since COVID-19 illness is mild in 81% of persons, you may not need to be seen or tested.
  • Do not travel on commercial conveyances, such as airplanes, trains, subways and buses until you are no longer symptomatic.

Some actions you can take to help keep you healthy, reduce exposure to COVID-19, and to slow the spread of the disease include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.,
  • Plan ahead for situations such as closure of schools, workplaces, daycares and other public locations.

If you have additional questions regarding COVID-19 and this exposure, please contact the DuPage County Health Department at (630)221-7030. More information is available at the following websites:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

IDPG: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/disease-a-z-list/coronavirus

DCHD: www.dupagehealth.org/covid19

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely, 

Joseph C. Vallez
Executive Director

In response to the changing COVID-19 circumstances, the Deer Grove Leisure Center and Wood St. Fitness will temporarily close from October 23 – November 9. This action is being taken out of an abundance of concern for the safety of our patrons and staff. The district’s virtual programs and rec-in-a-box programs will continue as scheduled. Monster Mash, scheduled for Saturday, October 24rd will continue as planned with all COVID-19 safety precautions in place.  

Please stay in touch with us through our website, social media or by calling the leisure center as we continue to utilize these outlets to communicate important information. The Leisure Center phone hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 p.m. 

Stay Safe 

As we move into Fall and the weather becomes cooler, we are reopening our walking track. However, to keep everyone safe, things will look a little different. Before coming in please take a moment to read over the following:

  • The track will reopen October 1st
  • Reservations are required and can be made 7 days out starting 9/24
  • Reservations are 1-hour time slots Monday – Friday 6:30am – 7:30pm, and Weekends 8:30am-2:30pm
  • 6 per max per time slot
  • Must check in at the front desk
  • Masks are required in our building and on the walking track
  • Track is limited to walkers only
  • Social distancing must be maintained
  • Facility ID cards will be required (these can be obtained for free at the front desk on your first visit)
  • Please come with only the items you need to walk. Cubbies will not be available
  • Track direction is counter clockwise

We are excited to announce Bensenville community playgrounds will reopen July 18. Staff will be working over the next couple days to remove caution tape and reassemble equipment. Please use caution and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not use playgrounds if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Maintain 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Face coverings must be worn anytime social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Capacity is 50 patrons. If playground is at capacity, please come back later.
  • Playground equipment is not sanitized. Play is at your own risk. Please follow CDC guidelines and sanitize hands frequently.

We are excited to see everyone out enjoying our parks once again, but we just want to stress the importance of respecting the above guidelines to help keep you, along with everyone else in our community, healthy.

With Governor Pritzker moving the state of Illinois into Phase 4, we have some exciting updates to share with you. Please keep in mind as you read through these updates these are subject to change, in the interest of safety, as this situation with COVID-19 remains uncharted and fluid.

Wood St. Fitness

First and foremost, Wood St. Fitness is back! We are excited to announce that Wood St. Fitness will be reopening July 7. To ensure social distancing and everyone’s safety, things will look a little different. Below are the steps we are taking to keep everyone safe:

  • Masks are required upon entering the facility
  • You must check in at the front desk before entering the fitness center
  • Equipment will be spread out between our fitness center and the gym to allow for proper social distancing
  • Facility hours will be from 6am-3:30pm
  • Reservations are required, to make a reservation call us at 630-766-7015, Mon-Fri 6am-4pm
  • There will be 5 time slots available – 6-7:30am, 8-9:30am, 10-11:30am, 12-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm
  • Only 10 reservations will be taken per time slot, and reservations can be made 7 days out starting July 6
  • Our towel service and locker rooms will not be available
  • Come ready to work out. We are asking all personal items aside from a water bottle and towel be left in your vehicle, as lockers will not be available
  • You will be required to wipe down equipment after every use, and we will clean it after every reservation (more details on this process will be posted at our facility)

We are excited to be opening and offering you what we can safely, but we understand this might not work for everyone. If you are a current member and elect to not use our fitness center, your membership will still be paused. If you choose to come work out with us again at this time, we will add the amount of time we were closed automatically to the end of your membership.


Splash Pad

Just in time for the hot summer weather, our Splash Pad will open July 13. Just like our fitness center, safety will be our first priority. Below are the following measures we are taking to keep you and your family safe.

  • You must come splash ready and leave in your suit
  • Adult to child ratio is 1:3
  • Time frames are 7 days a week- 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm
  • Reservations are encouraged, to make a reservation call us at 630-766-7015, Mon-Fri 6am-4pm
  • Reservations can be made 7 days out starting July 6
  • Everyone will be cleared out at the end of each time slot
  • To comply with state mandated capacity restrictions there will be a maximum of 25 patrons allowed in
  • $5 for kids 2+ (adults free) if prepaid
  • Walk ups are allowed but not encouraged, walk-up adults are $5
  • We will not be a tanning facility, you must come with children
  • Chairs must remain in the Family Sitting Area
  • No food or glass bottles will be allowed
  • Social distancing will be enforced
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless you’re in the water or in your designated area
  • Splash pad will be closed on low attendance or poor weather days, and communicated via our rain out line at 630-230-1028
  • Visit the water park page on our website for more info

Playgrounds

In an effort to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect the general public, all Bensenville playground facilities will remain closed at this time. We understand the inconvenience and will reevaluate this decision as additional Phase 4 reopening guidelines are published.


We are excited to see more and more of your faces now that our facilities are reopening. We just ask that you please follow social distancing, wear a mask when appropriate, and comply with all guidelines that we have created to keep you, other patrons, and our staff safe. We wish everyone the best of health; see you all soon.