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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.

Dear Residents and Park District Patrons

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Bensenville Park District has regretfully made the challenging decision to close the water park for the 2020 summer season. The splashpad may open based on IDPH guidelines and circumstances related to the RESTORE ILLINOIS phased reopening plan. Updates on facility availability will continue to be communicated through our website and social media outlets.

The park district considered many factors, both in waiting and in making the final decision to close the water park for the 2020 season. This difficult decision was delayed until the final days allowing it to be based on the most up-to-date information, provided by our state and federal agencies. Unfortunately, there are too many unanswered questions about the safety of operating an outdoor pool during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not compromise our standards with regards to safety.

We understand the great number of youth the water park employs during the summer season. We understand how much our families enjoy the waterpark each summer, participate in swim lessons, get relief from the heat and gather with friends. All of these considerations made the final decision very difficult but our connection with our families made the right thing to do very easy.

Anyone that purchased a water park pass for 2020 season will automatically have the pass transferred to the 2021 season, or alternatively can request a refund. Passes transferred to the 2021 season will not pay any additional fees in the event the fee structure changes. Please call the Deer Grove Leisure Center starting Tuesday May 26, if you may have additional questions or to request a refund.

The Bensenville Park District Board of Commissioners and staff continue to make difficult decisions for the well-being of our residents, patrons and employees. Safety will continue to be our top priority with respects to opening our facilities, providing services and keeping our community safe. We know we will all be together again as we have in the past; until then stay safe, stay home, keep six-foot social distance and take care of each other.

Sincerely

Joseph C. Vallez
Executive Director
Bensenville Park District

White Pines Golf Club, managed by the Bensenville Park district, has been closely monitoring updates from many government agencies regarding COVID-19. We understand that Governor Pritzker on April 23 announced the extension of our stay at home order, through May 30; and the ability for golf courses to reopen May 1, under strict safety guidelines.

We want to take a moment to communicate how these announcements will affect White Pines Golf Club. As of now White Pines Golf Club will remain closed until we feel comfortable, we can reopen safely. In addition, our first Live at White Pines Concert scheduled for May 29, has been canceled. We continue to monitor information being provided to us by our state and local health agencies. Once we receive more information, and our plan to safely reopen is set, we will communicate that with you. The day we get to see everyone back out golfing can’t come soon enough, but please understand safety is our number one concern, until then we wish everyone the best of health.

With Governor Pritzker extending the Stay at Home Order through April 30, by issuing Executive Order 2020-18, we wanted to take a moment to inform you how this affects the Bensenville Park District. We previously stated that our facilities were anticipated to reopen April 6, as this situation with COVID-19 evolves, and in light of the extension to the Stay at Home Order, our facilities will remain closed until further notice. This includes the Deer Grove Leisure Center, Wood St. Fitness, White Pines Golf Club, Fisher Farm, playgrounds, basketball courts, and fields to gatherings of people.

The Bensenville Park District encourages everyone to get some fresh air and go for a walk, especially as the weather nicens, but continue to follow social distancing guidelines as well as other recommendations by the CDC and IDPH.

Please click here for our previous update, which outlines all programing effected by COVID-19.

The day we get to see everyone again can’t come soon enough, until then we wish everyone the best of health.