DeKalb Park District COVID-19 Announcements

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic and follow safety guidelines provided by the State of Illinois and the CDC, we hope you are finding ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.

This webpage will be a resource to you and help you understand what amenities are available or any restrictions that may be currently in place, but also a reassurance that your park district is here to support you.

We want to share with you a statement from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) that supports the safe use of parks during the pandemic. The DeKalb Park District supports this statement, and we encourage you to use our open spaces to maintain your physical and mental health.

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Parks & Facilities

Our parks, playgrounds, and facilities will remain open during the pandemic. We believe that facilities, parks, trails and open spaces can be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. If you visit one of our facilities, parks, or trails, you must follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations of practicing safe physical distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance from others, and staying home if you are sick. We implore everyone to follow the precautionary steps below!

Face Coverings/Masks

The DeKalb Park District will align with the latest guidance issued by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and State of Illinois. The following adjustments are effective when utilizing District facilities, parks, and programs:

  • If you are fully vaccinated, face masks/coverings are OPTIONAL, BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED while indoors at DeKalb Park District facilities.
  • Children over 2 years and under 4 years old, are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to wear a face covering indoors or outdoors when 6 feet or less of social distancing cannot be maintained, along with the coaches and leaders of those age range programs.
  • All staff and volunteers are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to wear a face covering while working with children under the age of 4 in any capacity.
  • With guidance from the State of Illinois and IDPH, all participants and spectators are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to wear a mask/face covering during youth indoor athletic programs (preschool through 12th grade).
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated are REQUIRED to wear a face mask while indoors at any of our DeKalb Park District facilities. By visiting facilities, participating in programs, and using District amenities without a face covering, users are verifying TRUTHFULLY that they are fully vaccinated.
  • Patrons wishing to wear face coverings are welcome and encouraged to do so, regardless of their vaccination status or if a mask mandate is in place at that time.
  • The Park District will continue its increased safety and cleaning measures, including encouragement of social distancing throughout our facilities. We ask that you continue to wash your hands, monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

*A fully vaccinated individual is someone who is two weeks past their second dose of a two-dose vaccination series, or two weeks past a single-dose vaccine.

    Precautionary Steps

    The CDC has provided ways to help protect yourself and others during the global pandemic:

    • Get vaccinated and stay up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Wear a face-covering.
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with your sleeve.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Test to avoid spread to others.
    • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces and crowds.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    • Monitor your health daily.
    • Follow recommendations for isolation and quarantine.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol if washing your hands with soap and water is not an option.
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home such as TV remotes, cell phones and computers.
    • Take precautions when you travel.


    The DeKalb Park District will refund or provide household credits for any COVID-19 related cancellations. If you are entitled to a refund or household credit, and have not received one yet at this time, please contact Wendy Hayes at We ask that you please be patient as we work through these challenging times!