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The Deer Grove Leisure Center will reopen for limited activities, beginning Saturday, January 15. The facility had been closed to all programs and activities with the exception of registration since December 30.

Youth basketball will resume Saturday, January 15, with practices taking place in the DGLC Gym. Games are slated to begin the following weekend. The second floor indoor track will be closed each Friday afternoon and Saturday during the basketball season beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, January 21, to accommodate socially-distanced spectator seating for the basketball games. A revised basketball operational plan includes entering at the north end of the building and exiting on the west side.

Gym rentals can resume beginning Sunday, January 16. Open gym, however, is canceled until further notice.

The Wood Street Fitness Center will reopen Tuesday, January 18, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Reservations will be required and can be made online at WoodStFitness.com for the following time slots: 8 – 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Fitness center patrons should enter at the main entrance on the west side of the building. Memberships will be extended to account for the closure. The park district continues to monitor information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its variants and will phase in expanded weekday operations and weekend hours based on data. Fitness classes will also resume January 18 with reservations.

The Days Off School program scheduled for Monday, January 17, has been canceled. Those who previously registered for the program on that day will receive a refund.

Tiny Tot preschool programs will reopen Tuesday, January 18, with revised protocols in place to maximize social distancing. Early childhood programming—including Messy Mondays, Little Chefs, Learning Ladders, Lunch Pals & Playtime, Lunchtime & Engineering, Learning Labs and Passport to Adventure—have been pushed back with a planned start on the week of Monday, January 24, to allow for more registrants.

Senior Young at Heart programs are scheduled to resume Tuesday, January 18. However, Lunch Bunch and Birthday Bingo will not resume until February.

The park district’s before-and-after school programs will resume Monday, January 24, with operational modifications to allow for adequate social distancing.

Programs in the School of Dance and Movement will be pushed back to start the week of January 24 to allow for additional registrations. Those who previously registered and future registrants will receive a pro-rated price.

During the two weeks the DGLC was closed, the building underwent enhanced cleaning and sanitization to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, and building access was limited to only essential employees and contractors conducting those and other services.

The DGLC will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The building will also be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Registration hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Status updates regarding park district facilities and programs will be posted to the park district website, bvilleparks.org. Park district patrons can stay up to date with closures of programs, parks and facilities and get notified of class cancelations by signing up for text messages and email alerts or by downloading the “Rainout Line” app. Information about this service may be found on the park district website, bvilleparks.org/about-us/rainouts-closures.

Due to recent significant increases in local COVID-19 transmission rates, the Bensenville Park District is closing the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC)  to all patrons and activities for two weeks, effective Friday, December 31, with a planned reopening Saturday, January 15. The Tiny Tots Preschool and Winter Break Escape programs have been paused effective at the close of operations Wednesday, December 29.

All indoor programs and activities, including the Wood Street Fitness Center and basketball leagues, are being paused out of an abundance of caution, with the exception of registration and refund activities at the front desk, which will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning Monday, January 3.

During the two weeks the DGLC is closed, the building will undergo enhanced cleaning and sanitization to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Additionally, building access will be limited to only essential employees and contractors conducting these and other services.

The park district is closely monitoring information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its variants. The IDPH qualifies high transmission rates as having greater than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or a positivity rate greater than 10 percent. The most recent data for DuPage County showed 4221 new cases over the previous week with a 455 case total per 100,000. The positivity rate is 7.6 percent.

Fitness Center memberships will be extended accordingly, and participants in other programs affected will receive a pro-rated refund. Basketball programs will also undergo modifications to the schedule.

The district had previously scheduled and published facility closures over the holidays. Those included the DGLC December 31 in addition to New Year’s Day, January 1, and the White Pines Golf Club December 31-January 2. White Pines Golf Club will remain open for play as long as there is not any standing snow on the course.

Status updates regarding park district facilities and programs will be posted to the park district website, bvilleparks.org. Park district patrons can stay up to date with closures of programs, parks and facilities and get notified of class cancelations by signing up for text messages and email alerts  or by downloading the “Rainout Line” app. Information about this service may be found on the park district website, bvilleparks.org/about-us/rainouts-closures.

Due to recent significant increases in local COVID-19 transmission rates, the Bensenville Park District has announced the steps it is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus to promote and enhance the safety of its patrons and employees.

While facilities are scheduled to remain open, the following mitigation actions will be taken:

  • The district will increase frequency of cleaning and sanitation and strictly enforce mask, social distancing and sanitary guidelines at its indoor facilities.
  • Additional measures will be taken to ensure social distancing for Winter Break Escape participants.
  • Active adult programs, including BINGO and cards, will be paused until Thursday, January 6.
  • Open gym will be paused through January 6.
  • White Pines Golf Club will remain open to golfers as weather permits, with limited indoor access.
  • All coaches and participants at basketball practices at the Deer Grove Leisure Center (1000 W. Wood St.) will need to wear masks at all times. Those dropping off participants should use the front entrance and must wait in their car until the completion of practice.
  • Wood Street Fitness Center, located at 1000 W. Wood St., will move to a reservation system to schedule workout times beginning Sunday, December 26. Weekend time slots are 8-9:30 a.m., 9:45-11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1:15-2:45 p.m. and Saturday only, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Weekday workout times are 6-7:30 a.m., 8-9:30 a.m., 9:45-11:15 a.m., 1:15-2:30 p.m., 2:45-4 p.m., 4:15-5:30 p.m., 5:45-7 p.m. and 7:15-8:30 p.m. Those members wishing to reserve a workout slot or participate in a fitness class may do so at woodstfitness.com/reserve.

The park district is closely monitoring information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its variants, and additional mitigation tactics may be employed based on data trends.

The IDPH qualifies high transmission rates as having greater than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or a positivity rate greater than 10 percent. The most recent data for DuPage County showed 3,934 new cases over the last seven days with a 426.26 case total per 100,000. The positivity rate is 7.1 percent.

The district had previously scheduled and published facility closures over the holidays. Those included the DGLC December 24, 25 and 31 in addition to New Year’s Day, January 1, and the White Pines Golf Club December 24-26 and December 31-January 2.

Park district patrons can stay up to date with closures of programs, parks and facilities through the park district website, bvilleparks.org. Get notified of changes and cancelations by signing up for text messages and email alerts  or by downloading the “Rainout Line” app. Information about this service may be found at  bvilleparks.org/about-us/rainouts-closures.

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