Due to a power outage, the Alcott Center will be closed until Monday. The phone system is also down.  Email is the best way to get in touch with any staff member.

Coronavirus Information

Village of Buffalo Grove COVID-19 Information State of Illinois COVID-19 Information CDC Information Coronavirus Explained to Kids Online Park District Activities

June 29, 2020

As of today, Monday, June 29, all Buffalo Grove Park District indoor facilities have been reopened with limited hours, except for the Fitness Center, which will open next Monday, July 6, and the Community Arts Center, which will open on July 13.

Until further notice, the Alcott Center front desk will be open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, and closed on weekends. Please note that while the building is open for registration, permit applications, and certain programs, such as day camp, regularly scheduled daily adult activities like cards, knitting, Bingo, Bunco, and other drop-in programs will not resume until further notice.

When visiting any indoor Park District facility, you must wear a facemask at all times, and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people. The only time a facemask may be removed while inside a facility is during an exercise class, and while maintaining a distance of at least 10 feet from anyone.

With the exception of Willow Stream Pool and the Spray 'N Play, all outdoor facilities and amenities, including playgrounds are open. Please note: Playgrounds and other outdoor amenities are not regularly cleaned or sanitized; therefore, anyone who uses them does so at their own risk. To reduce the chances of spreading viruses, we recommend wearing a facemask, and using hand sanitizer and washing hands before and after every use.

June 26, 2020

Playgrounds Reopening
We have received word from the Illinois Association of Park Districts that although the governor's new executive order is silent on the use of outdoor playgrounds, they have received official guidance from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that says," units of local government are provided the discretion to determine if outdoor playgrounds can open; the playground should be limited to no more than 50 persons at the playground and following all other applicable Illinois Department of Public Health guidance."

Buffalo Grove Park District personnel are currently removing the caution tape that has been placed on the playground equipment throughout the community. For safety reasons, please do not use any playground equipment until the caution tape has been removed; and, please do not take it upon yourself to remove any caution tape. Please also maintain social distancing; and, we recommend wearing a facemask if other people are also using the playground.

Facilities Reopening
Buffalo Grove Park District facilities will be reopening Monday, June 29, with the exception of the Fitness Center, which will reopen the following Monday, July 6.

June 17, 2020

We have reopened the outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.

June 4, 2020

Now that we have entered into phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, we have reopened some facilities and park amenities, including the skate park and inline rink at Mike Rylko Community Park, and the Raupp Museum, with limited access.  During phase 3, the museum is limited to no more than 10 guests in the building at a time.  Reservations are being accepted for a maximum of 90 minutes, and can be scheduled by calling 847.850.2135, or emailing museum@bgparks.org.  A facemask is required at all times while inside the museum; and, people who do not reside in the same household are expected to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart at all times.

While the Fitness Center remains closed for normal operations during phase 3, the facility is able to allow for one-on-one personal training sessions inside the building.  Anyone who is interested in scheduling a personal training session, or signing up for virtual online exercise classes, can visit the Fitness Center webpage.

Amenities that remain closed include all playgrounds, and all outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.

May 22, 2020

The Happy Tails Dog Park has been reopened.

Dog Park Rules

May 13, 2020

All tennis and pickleball courts, and the disc golf courses have been reopened with restrictions.  Please use them safely, which includes wearing a mask if you are playing doubles; and, make sure to practice social distancing.  Playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, the skate park, inline rink, and the Happy Tails Dog Park remain closed indefinitely.

April 25, 2020

With this week's updated executive order from Governor Pritzker, and the extension of the stay at home order to continue through May 30, all Buffalo Grove Park District facilities will remain closed, and all programs will remain canceled through May 30.  As a reminder, all playgrounds, sports courts, the skate park, inline rink, dog park and disc golf courses are closed, and not to be used by anyone.  If you have any questions, please email us at info@bgparks.org.

April 3, 2020

Please do your part to help keep the entire community safe and healthy.  While we encourage everyone to go outside to get some fresh air and remain active, we want people to do so in a safe manner.  Do not use any playgrounds, sports courts or disc golf courses; they are closed and deemed unlawful to use by the governor’s executive order.  And, while soccer fields, baseball diamonds and other large outdoor areas are open, please make sure you use them responsibly.  It is perfectly fine for a family to go outside to kick a soccer ball around together, as long as they are practicing social distancing, and live in the same household.  What is not acceptable is for people to be gathering in groups, and closely interacting with others that are not part of their immediate household.  We thank you for your cooperation in helping the entire Buffalo Grove community to stay safe and healthy during this time.  For more information and updates, please visit our Coronavirus Information page on our website at http://bgparks.org/information/corona.aspx.

Playgrounds Closed Sports Courts Closed

April 1, 2020

With today's updated executive order from Governor Pritzker, and the extension of the stay at home order to continue through April 30, all Buffalo Grove Park District facilities will remain closed, and all programs will remain canceled through April 30. We have added the disc golf courses to the list of closed amenities within the parks.  As a reminder, all playgrounds, sports courts, the skate park, inline rink, dog park and disc golf courses are closed, and not to be used by anyone.  If you have any questions, please email us at info@bgparks.org.

March 25, 2020

In addition to the playgrounds that were already closed, per the governor's March 20 executive order, the decision was made to also close the Happy Tails Dog Park, the skate park, the inline rink, and all sports courts.  This includes all tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, and volleyball courts.  These closures will remain in effect at least through April 7, and possibly beyond if the order is extended by the governor.

In the meantime, the parks and paths are open for people to walk, jog, bike, and walk their dogs. Please remember to practice social distancing; and, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation by staying off of playgrounds, and other outdoor areas that are closed.

March 23, 2020

The decision was made to cancel the Night Owl Egg Hunt on April 6, the Arts and Crafts Fair on April 11, the Bunny Bash on April 11, and the Senior Expo on April 28.  Even if the Governor's stay at home executive order is lifted on April 7, bringing large groups of people together that soon will not be advised.

March 20, 2020

With today's update from Governor Pritzker, issuing a new executive order requiring all Illinoisans to stay at home beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm through April 7, we are closing all playgrounds.  The order specifically states that individuals may leave their residence to engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, running or biking, and may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas if they comply with the Social Distancing Requirements defined in the order; but, playgrounds must be closed.  We appreciate the community's voluntary compliance with this mandate from the Governor, so that we all can do our part in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

March 18, 2020

With all programs being cancelled, and all facilities being closed, there has been some question as to whether the parks are open to the public.  The parks are still open; however, everyone should remain at a distance from other people, and we advise against touching anything, including (but not limited to) playground and exercise equipment, picnic tables, doors, gates, or any other surfaces.

March 16, 2020

With today’s change in the CDC’s recommendations regarding mass gatherings - to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States - the Buffalo Grove Park District has decided to now close all facilities effective Tuesday, March 17. The Fitness Center and Golf Dome will remain open through the end of Monday’s regularly scheduled hours, but will not reopen to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17.

We are planning on being shut down at least through Sunday, March 29; however, that could be extended longer. As those decisions are made, we will publicize those updates through our normal communication channels.

For those who are registered in programs, or have a membership at the Fitness Center, you do not need to do anything. You will not have to pay for any missed or canceled programs, or days in which the Fitness Center is not available. Refunds or account credits will unilaterally be issued by the Park District; however, because this a manual process that is being conducted on a huge scale, please allow at least 30 days for these to be processed to all necessary accounts.

Precautions

Continue to follow CDC recommendations

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Other Recommendations

  • Additional cleanings and sanitizing must continue.
  • Cancel non-essential meetings.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Limit personal interactions as much as possible.

Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of participants and staff, supported by the latest recommendations and directives from public health officials. We will continue to monitor this situation, and keep our staff and participants informed of any new information as it develops.

Thank you for your cooperation.

March 11, 2020

The speed with which the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread, and the uncertainty that still surrounds it, has made for an unprecedented situation. While there are no confirmed cases among our staff or participants that have been in our buildings, the rapid spread of the disease makes it likely that we will be impacted at some point. In light of this reality, we want to share with you some of the issues our administrative team has been discussing.

Who informs our decision making?
We will continue to look to the experts in this area for guidance in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. This includes local, state and federal health departments.

What if someone has COVID-19?
If we become aware that a participant or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify the Lake and Cook County Health Departments, our staff and participants. We also will share if and/or how the classes, programs and facilities may be impacted. Notifications for participants, parents and staff will occur in the same way that we would announce other emergency closures, using a combination of phone calls, emails and website/social media announcements.

Canceling Programs, Events or Facilities
Our first and most important responsibility is to safeguard the health and well-being of our participants and staff. To that end, we will follow the guidance and direct recommendations from County Health Departments and the Center for Disease Control when considering any cancellations or closures. At this time, our public health officials have not recommended nor directed us to cancel or reschedule programs or events, or to close facilities.

The administrative team has had conversations on how we will react if or when the virus touches our community. While we have tried our best to be proactive - including an even greater intensity to daily and nightly cleaning of our buildings - there may be situations and circumstances that make for difficult decisions. Once again, in those cases, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of participants and staff, supported by the latest recommendations and directives from public health officials. In the meantime, we would like to remind you of these basic steps that everyone should be taking to minimize the spread of this and any respiratory illness:

• Stay home when you are sick.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will continue to monitor this situation, and keep our staff and participants informed of any new information as it develops. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.