Coronavirus Update 5.21.2020 7:00 AM
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
COVID 19 UPDATE
Dear Butterfield Friends and Families,
These are certainly some of the most challenging times in recent history for all of our families and friends. We are all feeling the impact of the COVID -19 issues in our homes, in our employment and in most aspects of our daily lives. Everyone is affected. The fact is, we are in this together and by listening to you and responding to you, we hope to be a source of stability and a place you can go to during these difficult times. Our district cares about you and we want to be there for you and your loved ones.
Since the Governor’s Executive Orders and the CDC’s recommendations in March, we have emphasized the need to keep our open space, passive recreation areas available for you in as safe and appropriate manner as possible. Yes, there are challenges and recently mother nature has surprised us with more rain than we have ever had, but as quickly as we can, we will restore our parks to as clean and usable condition as possible. We encourage you to enjoy the parks and facilities in a safe manner, respecting social distancing and other suggestions from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health. We apologize that our washrooms and outdoor drinking fountains are not available at this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. We will resume as soon as it is regarded safe to do so.
As we enter Phase three in Illinois and the weather becomes more inviting, we will see a return to being outside together as families and perhaps with friends, with groups of ten or less initially. We will remember the many great recreational experiences that can be had in the public parks and perhaps re-introduce them to our family members. Our district wants to help you. Please reach out, if we can help you enjoy your time together and get a break from the confinement of your homes. It is safe to stay at home, but we are also able to be safe outdoors if we practice good health habits and routines.
Our programs will resume shortly. They may not look exactly the same or have exactly the same components or routines, but they will be fun, entertaining, enjoyable and fulfilling. We will bring you an array of services while practicing best practices of the IDPH and the CDC. We respect you and your families choices and will give you our very best effort. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us at any time.
We are working on some Special Events that we may be allowed to offer our community in a slightly different format. We will have some small group events (groups of 10 or less) and some for groups of 50 or less, when that is allowed. Stay tuned and watch our website for information on new events when they are allowed to take place in are parks. Please be assured we will deliver our events in keeping with the latest safety information available and in compliance with the CDC and the IDPH Guidelines. You are our family; we will not put you in any inappropriate situation.
Summer Camps, Programs, & Athletics
At this time, all programs, athletics, and camps are scheduled to begin in June. Camp Super Tot is tentatively starting June 16, LK-2, 3-5, and Teen Camp are all tentatively beginning June 22. All athletics, dance, fitness and other programming will begin the week of June 1st along with virtual programming. Participants enrolled in these programs will be contacted separately about modifications and/or rescheduling.
Staff is actively working to adapt and develop programming to provide enriching summer experiences for our residents while also meeting Restore Illinois, IDPH, CDC, and DCSF guidelines.
We understand this is not an easy time for anyone, especially parents and families with children and youth at home. We continue to navigate what our New summer camp will look like.
The Butterfield Park District is working within the parameters of the Restore Illinois plan for reopening Illinois during the COVID-19 crisis. We have taken a serious look at our ability to provide safe programming for our children in our community this summer. We are under the hope that the Northeast Region of Illinois will move into Phase 3 at the beginning of June. We are creating a revised version of our traditional camp as many families rely on camp for childcare.
Our re-structured version of our New camp will incorporate smaller group sizes, separate locations allowing for no crossover between camp groups, increased sanitation practices, face coverings, and social distancing restrictions in accordance with the Illinois Department of Health and CDC guidelines. The tentative dates for our New Summer Camp Getaway structure is June 22-August 14 Monday-Friday for grades K-2, 3-5, and Teen camp. For Camp Super Tot the tentative dates are June 16-August 13 Tuesday-Thursday. Due to the need to keep camp groups separate and to provide indoor shelter for each group, there will be a limited number of spaces available for registration.
If you were issued a credit for fees previously paid, you may use these funds for camps and programs. With the exception for any contractual programs. Examples are Soccer Shots, Synergy Soccer, Line Dancing, etc.…
Our number one priority is keeping our community safe; so, every step we take will be based on that consideration. We remain committed to keeping you informed, and will let you know when/if anything changes. If you should need anything in the meantime, please contact us. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.
As most of you know, for many years we have taken pride in having a thriving aquatics program, of swimming lessons, recreational swim, family pool time, aquatic special events and the Bull Frogs Swim Team. Unfortunately, based on the direction from the Governor and the guidance, restrictions and criteria from the Illinois Department of Public Health, for the safety and well-being of our patrons, we find ourselves not having any other appropriate choice than suspending the 2020 Swimming Pool season. With the social distancing requirements being necessary, we find it would be near impossible to train the Life Guarding staff properly or assure our patrons of a Coronavirus free environment on an ongoing basis and provide a safe and enjoyable summertime swimming pool experience for our community.
While this is one of the most difficult decisions we have had to make, we do so with the knowledge that our community would want us to protect their safety and the safety of their guests and families.
To the extent that we are allowed to do so, we look forward to offering alternatives for summer small group events and summer day camp modifications where and when this is allowed.
We look forward to delivering a comprehensive Swimming pool program again next year and will keep in touch with you as the opportunities develop. We want to thank you for your support and understanding during these challenging times.
These are unprecedented times and this decision was not made without extensive thought and analysis. We know that for many of you it is hard to imagine summer without going to the pool. We realize that you need recreation, now more than ever and we plan to provide you with appropriate choices for you and your family. The Park District is committed to providing new ways to serve you and your input is welcomed at any time. We wish you and your family good health.
Outdoor Racquet Courts and Bags Equipment
Our Tennis Courts at Glenbriar Park will be under construction shortly. Unfortunately, the construction has been delayed due to the COVID 19 impact on permitting from the State and County, but will begin as soon as possible.
Our newly renovated Tennis Courts at Hoffman Park are open and available for your use under the DCEO regulations. Please play singles or if you are playing doubles tennis, please use a mask if your health permits. Please respect social distancing throughout your experience.
Our Bags Tournament Equipment at Hoffman Park and Kensington Park are available for your use. If you need to have access to bags, please call our office and we will make accommodations for you to have access to them. If you have your own, please simply enjoy.
Parks, Pavilions, Playgrounds, and Athletic Fields
All parks and trails remain open. bocce, and bags games are also allowed while respecting social distancing recommendations. Our Ball fields at Hoffman park and Kensington Park have been maintained and are available for individual /family use for groups of less than ten people at this time.
Picnic areas and Pavilions remain open and you may secure a permit for your family for groups of 10 or less people. Grassy areas may be used for groups of 10 or less without permits.
Playgrounds across the state remain closed per the Governor’s order, however, stay tuned for changes as the CDC has stated this week, that they may be used and reasonably safe for children with normal care and periodic sanitization. As the weather improves and more people go outside, it is imperative that park patrons remain respectful of others as well as abiding by the applicable rules and ordinances.
Due to the circumstances regarding the COVID- 19 pandemic, and the financial implications it has had on the Park District's revenue due to canceled programs and closed facilities, we have made the decision to not mail out our Fall Activity Guide, and to change from a print first to a digital first model for our guide. This is part of a District wide effort to make necessary spending adjustments where we can during this period of time, and going forward. The entire guide is available on our website at www.butterfieldpd.com.
We are asking for your assistance as we shift to a digital-first model. By subscribing to our Digital Activity Guide, which will be sent to your inbox every month, you will have access to the great content of the print product, but in digital form. Go to https://www.butterfieldpd.com/index.php/subscribe-here-now to subscribe now. (If you have an ActiveNet account you will automatically receive the monthly Digital Activity Guide and do not need to subscribe.)
We hope you will all stay well and wish you the very best. Our staff are committed to your safety and your well-being. Yes, we will still have more challenges, but we remain creative, motivated, resourceful, and dedicated. The agency continues to provide positive, meaningful, and constructive opportunities for our community. Additionally, the Butterfield Park District has offered several virtual programming opportunities that may interest you and remain available to respond to your needs.
Partnering with our residents during this time is, as always, very welcome. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we can help with a local activity. While the District is relatively small, we do our best to be your choice for recreational and passive recreation opportunities. We will continue to serve our constituents and we will continue to do so while following the recommendations of science and facts and at the direction of the State of Illinois and the CDC guidelines. The safety and wellbeing of the neighbors and employees while contributing to the overall effort to flatten the curve is our highest priority.
Dr. Larry Reiner
Butterfield Park District
Stay Connected. Stay Informed.
For the latest updates pertaining to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Park District operations, please visit www.butterfieldpd.com
Coronavirus Update 5.19.2020 7:00 AM
All Aquatics programs have been canceled for the 2020 season. We look forward to resuming these programs in 2021.
Coronavirus Update 3.20.2020 7:00 PM
Due to Federal and State mandates and in order to protect the health, safety and well being of our community and staff, Butterfield Park District's programs and services have been canceled.
Per Illinois Executive Order 2020-10, all District playgrounds are closed to the public until further notice. However, walking, hiking, running or biking at our parks and open outdoor recreation areas is welcome. Please comply with social distancing requirements.
With all of the schools closing and increased measures throughout the country to proactively limit the spread of the coronavirus, balanced with the CDC’s recommendations regarding social distancing, and not yet social isolation, the Butterfield Park District will be closed to the public until further notice.
All Services have been canceled until further notice.
All programs (outdoor and indoor) have been canceled until further notice.
Please stay at home when you are sick.
Please keep your children at home if they are sick.
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Please cancel all non-essential meetings.
• Additional cleaning and sanitizing must continue to take place
• Practice social distancing when ever possible
• Limit personal interaction as much as possible.
Who impacts 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. We gather all of the facts available to us. We follow the direction from the governor’s Office. We use our best judgment to provide appropriate service while protecting you, your children and the dedicated staff of the Butterfield Park District.
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 DuPage county Health Department, our staff, Board 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.
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 our County Health Department and the Center on Disease Control when considering any cancellations or closures. We will continue to keep in close touch with this department.
Our administrative team has had many conversations on how we will react if or when the virus touches our community. While we will continue to do our best to be proactive- including and even greater intensity of daily cleaning of our facilities, their may be situations that will warrant some 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 our public health officials.