The Bloomingdale Park District made the following difficult decisions at its Board of Commissioners meeting held virtually May 11.
- The Oasis Water Park will not open for the 2020 summer season.
- The Summer Concert Series is cancelled for the 2020 summer season.
“The safety of our community is our highest priority,” said Board President Andre Burke. “Without exception, our commissioners grudgingly voted to do what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and our local public health experts advised us to do. We will continue to do what is most safe and responsible for our community.”
The decisions are based on the guidelines established in the Restore Illinois Plan issued by the Office of the Governor of JB Pritzker, which can be found online
. Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, should the Northeast Region reach it this summer, allows for gatherings of 50 people or less; however, both The Oasis and Summer Concert Series consistently attract large crowds in excess of such a number. The Northeast Region is currently in Phase 2 as of May 12.
Refunds for 2020 Oasis pool passes that have already been purchased will be processed within three weeks. Pool pass purchasers will receive a refund in the same manner as the original payment method - either by credit card or by check for those payments made by cash or check.
In addition to the above, the Park District also issued updates on the following today:
- Summer Day Camp has been restructured to incorporate small group sizes and social/physical distancing restrictions. However, this is still a work in progress as the District is awaiting Illinois Department of Public Health-approved guidelines. Additionally, Phase 3 requirements as outlined in the Restore Illinois Plan must be met before in-person camp can begin.
- The B-Fit Center and Clubhouse Indoor Playground sponsored by Eagle Falls Dentistry are temporarily closed. Should the Park District meet Phase 3 requirements as outlined in the Restore Illinois Plan, it is possible the B-Fit Center may reopen with restrictions at a date to be determined.
- Special events such as Kite Fly & Touch-A-Truck, Lunchtime Funtime and Family Fun Picnics will not be held in the same way as in the past. Alternatives are being considered to restructure the events and hold them in ways that meet requirements in the Restore Illinois Plan.
- Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan allows for group fitness classes to be held outdoors with groups of less than 10. Staff will work with instructors to provide fitness opportunities under these restrictions. Phase 3 also allows for one-on-one personal training sessions which staff will make available to residents. Other options also are being considered.
- Rentals and parties are suspended until further notice. Staff is exploring a way to provide birthday party options that will meet social distancing protocols once the region moves into Phase 4, as well as developing safe facility guidelines/protocols for groups of less than 50.
- Open Gym and the Westfield Walking Track are cancelled for the summer (through August 31). Should certain criteria be met, the walking track may re-open at a date to be determined.
- Exhibitions at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum are currently cancelled. Should Phase 3 conditions be met, attendance will be limited to 10 people at a time with appropriate physical distancing.
- The Splash & Dash Duathlon is cancelled.
The Park District continues to closely monitor guidance from the IDPH and CDC, and rely on their expertise and recommendations to continue to inform decisions.
Parks, trails and fishing areas continue to be open so long as appropriate physical distancing is followed. Information and updates about closures and restrictions will continue to be communicated on bloomingdaleparks.org, via social media and through email.