Lake Arlington Reopens; Fate Of Pools Being Discussed

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Things are starting to look a little more normal with summer almost here. The Arlington Heights Park District reopened Lake Arlington Wednesday for biking, running, walking, fishing and privately-owned boats with a lake sticker. The playground and fitness area remains closed at this time and will […]

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Things are starting to look a little more normal with summer almost here. The Arlington Heights Park District reopened Lake Arlington Wednesday for biking, running, walking, fishing and privately-owned boats with a lake sticker. The playground and fitness area remains closed at this time and will be re-evaluated when Illinois moves into Phase 4 guidelines of the Restore Illinois Plan.

Lake Arlington, a man-made lake, was created to ease flooding problems. The two-mile walking path is used year-round. The 50-acre detention lake allows boating, but no swimming.

Decisions on the fate of pools in the Arlington Heights Park District are still being determined. The park district states it is “analyzing the information to determine what we can potentially open in a safe, efficient and effective manner.” The guidance allows pools to open up for select programming, including lap swimming.

The park district said it was preparing the pools to open while waiting for further guidance from the Illinois Department of Health. With these new guidelines, staff is now in the process of filling strategically selected pools, chemically balancing pools, and scheduling staff trainings/certifications.

The park district is planning to open Pioneer Park Pool by June 26 and Recreation Park Pool by July 6. Currently, public open swim is not included in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The park district will be discussing the other aquatic facilities once Phase 4 information becomes available.

The Arlington Heights Park District said it will announce any future decisions at www.ahpd.org and through social media channels.

Here are where things currently stand for other Arlington Heights Park District entities:

Golf Operations: Arlington Lakes Golf Club and Nickol Knoll Golf Club – Courses are open for foursomes at 10-minute intervals with restrictions, including: carts for single riders unless in same family. The district encourage you to book tee time reservations online and view safety guidelines at Arlington Lakes Golf Club and Nickol Knoll Golf Club.

Sunset Meadows Driving Range
The driving range will open at 50 percent capacity on Friday. Read the safety guidelines at www.ahpd.org/golf/sunset-meadows-driving-range/.

Facilities and Historical Museum – All community centers and the Historical Museum are closed.

Tennis Clubs – Reopened on June 2 for private and small group lessons and court reservations. The fitness center at Forest View remains closed. Visit the District’s website to view safety guidelines. View guidelines: www.ahpd.org/tennis/.

AHPD Programs – Many programs that begin on June 8 will run virtually or in person under Phase 3 which allows groups of 10 people and under. Beginning June 15, the district will be offering over 100 new programs in various formats including virtual, take-home projects, and small group in-person programming with 10 or less participants. Keep up to date by following AHPD on social media.

Village Hall — Opened for services to the public starting June 1, but the Senior Center remains closed. A date for the Senior Center to reopen has not been set. Keep up to date on reopening status via our website at www.ahpd.org and social media outlets.

Summer Camps – Summer Camps listed in the District’s Spring/Summer Guides which were scheduled to take place in June have been cancelled or rescheduled. Staff is currently finalizing details on modified camp programming which will begin June 15, and will include virtual programs, take-home projects, as well as modified small group camps. These new programs will run during the month of June. Updates on new program offerings will be shared via the District’s website and social media outlets.

Canine Commons Dog Park – Canine Commons remains closed. The District will re-evaluate opening it as we move into Phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan which will allow gatherings of up to 50 people.

Playgrounds and Basketball Courts – Remain closed at this time. Please remember to maintain social distancing while enjoying the park paths.

Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts – Are open with restrictions. Doubles play will now be allowed with no more than four on a court and 10 people in the fenced area that has more than two courts.

Athletic Fields, Park Shelter and Facility Rentals – Currently, the District is not accepting any reservations for athletic fields, park shelters, facility meeting room rentals, or aquatic center parties. Once we return to regular business hours, we will begin taking reservations upon entering Phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan.

Community Gardens – The District’s two community gardens are open to those who have secured a plot this season. Garden plots are still available at our Frontier Park and Forest View locations. Please follow the stated guidelines at the entrance to each garden.

Stay Patched In!

This article originally appeared on the Arlington Heights Patch

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