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A Plea for Help from Your Parks Director

In a year ravaged by a global pandemic, civil unrest, an economic crisis and many families with loved ones losing jobs, your community is facing yet another challenge — a local challenge we must meet head on together, as a community. This local challenge is depleting budget dollars meant for park and playground improvements, repairs, and sustaining the overall quality of life you are accustomed to in the great town of Carol Stream. This challenge is not a new challenge by any means; however, I can’t simply sit by and watch a park system and a community be deliberately destroyed by random acts of vandalism without making a plea to each and every one of you for help.

Public property within the Carol Stream Park District’s park system has been continuously vandalized this summer, totaling over $20,000 in damages.  From Armstrong Park to Hampe Park to Community Park, random acts of vandalism have occurred almost daily, forcing your Park District to close washroom facilities, shifting budgeted funds to repair these items. In turn, this takes away funds from items such as new swings or new playground surfacing, not to mention taking countless staff hours away from our routine daily maintenance.  Simply put – when we are repairing vandalized parks, we can’t focus on delivering the great outdoor spaces you deserve!

Your Park District is staffed by true professionals who truly care and are passionate about what they do on a daily basis. These professionals take pride in delivering well-maintained, safe open spaces and recreation programs each and every day. These countless acts of vandalism have challenged our ability to deliver those positive recreational experiences as we are simply repairing vandalized parks and playgrounds . . . not focusing on progress!

Today I write to you on behalf of myself, the Park District Board of Commissioners and Park District staff, earnestly asking YOU to assist us with this local emergency. If you see anyone vandalizing YOUR public property, call the Carol Stream Police Department at 911 and/or the Carol Stream Park District immediately.

I am a proud man who dislikes asking for help but today is the day. The Park District and the community need you more than ever!  Please come together, rally and unite to help save your parks, playgrounds and open space from vandals who are causing major destruction right under our noses. The time is now to help take back this community. When you see something, you need to say something.

If you have any information about vandalism in your parks, please email me at shaneh@csparks.org

Yours In Parks,
Shane Hamilton
Director – Parks & Facilities

 

 

 

UPDATED! Digital Activity Guide

Check out September and October activities, classes, events, and sports in the Digital Guide!
The Digital Guide enables us to add activities as we plan them and to remove past activities as they expire. It is computer and mobile-friendly. You can sign up for activities more easily from wherever you may be. Buttons take you right to your shopping cart for descriptions, locations, dates, times, and prices.
Two new buttons include School Year Care and Animals.
Here’s a “snapshot” of some of the upcoming events you can find in the digital guide:
Sep 25 – Forever Young Oktoberfest Luncheon
Sep 26 – Tweenie Weenie Pumpkins & Munchkins
Oct 17 – Egg-tober
Oct 17 – Adult Haunted Mini Golf
Oct 30 – Forever Young Halloween Luncheon
Oct 31 – Trick or Treat Trail
Browse the guide for dance, gymnastics, sports, swimming, and more!
Take a few moments to become familiar with the Digital Guide. Subscribe to it to learn of updates.

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School Year Programs for Your Kids!


Remote Learning Care

The Park District is partnering with CCSD93 to provide ActivKids Remote Learning Care at Simkus Recreation Center. Students will be supervised during school hours of 8:45 am-2:15 pm. Before Care from 6:30-8:45 am and After Care from 2:15-6:30 pm will also be available. This program is for students’ remote learning days only. Staff will facilitate a safe learning experience during the school day; however, they are not teachers and will not provide educational support or tutoring. Occasional activity breaks will be planned during the school day. Registration for Mondays, Tuesdays/Thursdays, and Wednesdays/Fridays will be offered. Daily options are not available. Full details will be announced soon.

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Preschool

The health and safety of our preschoolers is paramount! We’ve implemented modified operations plan to include social-distancing measures, wellness standards, intense cleaning and sanitizing procedures, face-covering requirements, and new drop-off and pick-up protocol. Our modified operations are subject to change based on further guidance from local, state, and federal authorities. Preschool Starts September 8.

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Virtual Preschool

Not ready for In-person learning for your 3 or 4-year-old? Coming soon: Virtual Preschool, We’re offering three 45-minute classes each week via Zoom this fall. This structured program will have mirrored elements of our in-person preschool program, such as themes, crafts, storytime, letter and name recognition, listening, and socialization skills.

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Managing our financial responsibilities and improving our financial strength

The Carol Stream Park District is refinancing outstanding bonds for savings. In conjunction with the refinancing process the District underwent a Moody’s Rating and received an upgrade. This upgrade means the District can refinance at an even lower interest rate. That translates to lower repayments on future debt. We are estimating a present value savings of $1.8M through this refinancing process.

New York, August 03, 2020 — Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Carol Stream Park District, IL’s general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) and general obligation limited tax (GOLT) ratings to A1 from A2, affecting $38 million in rated debt. The upgrade to A1 reflects the district’s strong financial performance over the past few years resulting in sound fund balance and liquidity. The A1 rating also reflects the district’s low pension burden and economic ties to the Chicago metro area supporting the district’s comparatively high resident incomes.

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Fountain View Fitness Center is Open!

We’re excited to be open!

New programming, facility layouts, and procedures are being developed which keep your health and safety a top priority. We’re phasing in fitness programs and services in accordance with the latest Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Restore Illinois guidelines. The following information is subject to change. Check this page and your email regularly for updates.

 

Modified Hours

Monday – Friday:    5am to 1pm  &  3pm to 10pm
Saturday:   6am  to 1pm  &  3pm to 6pm
Sunday:   6am to 1pm  &  3pm to 6pm

 

VIEW VIDEO about new Safety & Cleaning Procedures, and about Member Expectations

 

FOUNTAIN VIEW FITNESS CENTER
Reopening: July 6 with restrictions
No fees for current members in July & August!

Due to the COVID-19 closure, monthly membership fees were not charged in April, May and June. And, because we understand that everyone may not be ready to resume working out yet, we won’t be charging you, whether you use your membership or not, until September 1. You must be a current all-inclusive member to receive July and August FREE. Annual members will also get April through August free, with a 5-month extension on their membership.

 

In addition,

 

Indoor Pools

 

What we ask of our members:

 

Modified Operations:

If you have questions about these guidelines or any other Fountain View Fitness information, email us at workout@csparks.org or call 630-784-6100.

 

Reopening Update for July 2020

Update: 7/2/2020

Welcome back to your park district as we slowly reopen amenities and programs. We have been working diligently to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff as we return to our facilities and programs. Staff has been making plans in accordance with the State’s Restore Illinois Plan.

Since entering Phase 4 of the plan, we are excited to be able to offer more programs and sports. The following list is just a snapshot so you can see what’s coming up. Look for our new DIGITAL Activity Guide for July and August activities around July 7-8. Email info@csparks.org to be placed on the email list or friend us on Facebook to get the post with link.

July 11 – Adult and Youth 3-on-3 Basketball league (indoors)
July 13 – Drawing classes (outdoors)
July 13 – Tot/Kid Rock Music classes
July 13 – Private Swim lessons
July 14 – Swim Team Conditioning
July 17 – Tween/Teen Glow Golf
July 20 – Private Voice lessons (outdoors or virtual)
July 20 – Dance classes (outdoors)
July 20 – Gymnastics classes (indoors)
July 20 – Baseball/Softball camp
July 21 – Summer Preschool
July 25 – Carol Stream Parks Foundation Annual Duck Race (virtual)
July 25 – Kids First Flag Football and Multisport classes
July 27 – Gymnastics camp (indoors)
July 27 – Youth Soccer 3-on-3 league
July 28 – Parking Lot Bingo for Seniors
July 31 – Teenie Weenie Drive-in Movie

On July 6 we reopen the Fountain View Fitness Center to members with modified hours and guidelines. Group fitness classes are limited to assure proper cleaning time in between and social distancing. And we have expectations for our members. View video from the Fitness Center Division Manager, Brian Kucharski, to see your modified fitness center. The Indoor lap pool will open to members with a reservation. The Warm Water Therapy pool will also open, although classes are not scheduled at this time.

Playgrounds have reopened! Please follow social distancing guidelines. Parks and trails have remained open for walking, jogging and biking. The following amenities were opened at the end of Phase 3:

In addition, we are offering the following services and special programs in a “modified” manner with safety measures and protocols in place:

To see modifications being made to specific programs, such as Awesome Adventure Camp, Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, or Fountain View Fitness Center, go to those webpages at csparks.org.

The Simkus Recreation Center is reopening for in-person registration on July 6 between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. Come through the front door and be sure to have a face covering. Otherwise, the Simkus Recreation Center will ONLY be open for Awesome Adventure Camp and weekend indoor 3-on-3 basketball leagues at this time.

Our Park District Team is prepared to adjust and make appropriate changes as are required in Phase 4-Revitalization. We are planning to bring back room rentals at the Simkus Recreation Center and rentals of park pavilions for groups of less than 50. We’re taking reservations now.

The Carol Stream Park District is here for your recreation needs. We will continue to work hard to keep the parks and trails clean, modify summer events and programs where possible, and continue to provide memorable experiences for your family this summer.

If you still have questions, give a call at 630-784-6100 or email us at info@csparks.org and we’ll respond. We are excited to have you back, and thank you for your support!

 

Playgrounds have reopened

We are happy to announce that we are able to open PLAYGROUNDS! We ask that patrons keep capacity limited to no more than 50 people and follow social distancing guidelines as well as other Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.

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We are Excited to Reopen some Services for our Residents!

UPDATED 7/1/20

Hello Carol Stream Park District Residents:

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to your park district as we slowly attempt to reopen the amenities and programs. I want you to know that our staff has been working diligently to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff as we return to our facilities and programs. Please know that our website is continuously updated with the most current information as we progress through this; but, as always, if you have a question and can’t find the answer at csparks.org, don’t hesitate to email us at info@csparks.org or give us a call at 630-784-6100. We are here for you!

Staff has been making plans in accordance with the State’s Restore Illinois Plan. Since entering Phase 4 of the plan, we have reopened the following park district amenities:

In addition, we are offering the following services and special programs in a “modified” manner with safety measures and protocols in place:

To see modifications being made to specific programs, such as Awesome Adventure Camp, Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, or Fountain View Fitness Center, go to those webpages at csparks.org.

The Simkus Recreation Center will ONLY be open for Awesome Adventure Camp (6/15) and a weekend indoor 3-on-3 basketball league (early July) at this time. However, the Simkus Recreation Center is opening for in-person registration starting July 6 but only between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. The Fountain View Recreation Center will remain closed. July 6 is our tentative reopen date for the Fountain View Fitness Center. Members will receive correspondence prior to the reopen date.

Fountain View Fitness all-inclusive members were not charged for membership in April, May or June. And, because we understand that not all members may be ready to resume working out yet, we won’t be charging for July and August either. We’d like to give our fitness members time to feel comfortable with our new, modified operations that focus on the safety of our members and staff. Members can visit the Fitness Update link for more detailed information on our reopening plan along with guidelines for our new outdoor fitness classes.

Our Park District Team is prepared to adjust and make appropriate changes as are required in Phase 4-Revitalization. We are planning to bring back room rentals at the Simkus Recreation Center and rentals of park pavilions for groups of less than 50. We’re taking reservations now.

Parks and trails have remained open for walking, jogging and biking during the stay-at-home order as long as social distancing guidelines are followed; and you, the community, have been using them extensively. Playgrounds have just been reopened.

While this summer is going to be different, the Carol Stream Park District is here for your recreation needs. We will continue to work hard to keep the parks and trails clean, modify summer events and programming where possible, and continue to provide memorable experiences for your family this summer. We are excited to have you back, and thank you again for your support!

Sincerely,
Jim Reuter
Executive Director
Carol Stream Park District

 

Get Ready Mini Golf is Open

6/30/20 – UPDATE: Tee Times no longer required. Groups of 6 or less will be permitted onto the course every 15 minutes. We are now accepting all golfers throughout the day to golf without reservations.  This will be on a first-come first-serve basis.  All Social Distancing rules will apply.  Please allow two holes of separation between all groups. Must wear face covering when social distancing requirements cannot be met.
Read the 2020 Season Guidelines before your visit so you know what to expect.
We look forward to seeing you!
2020 Season Guidelines

Things to do!

Park District staff have been posting to Facebook an “Activity of the Day”. Friend us on Facebook to stay up to date on Activities and News.

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We have also created an “Activities while you Stay at Home ” webpage with some ideas on what to do if you’re getting stir crazy. It includes home workouts, indoor and outdoor ideas for fun, social media games and more.

ACTIVITIES WHILE YOU STAY AT HOME

If there is an activity you would like to see on this page, email us your idea at info@csparks.org.

Stay well, stay safe, stay socially distant, stay smart.

#AllInIllinois #InThisTogether #CarolStreamTough

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