Community Collaboration: May 29 Update 
 
Additional Northbrook Park District Outdoor Facilities Opening This Weekend

With COVID-19 restrictions allowing for additional activities as the state moves into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, several outdoor facilities are set to open Saturday, May 30, including:
  • Ed Rudolph Velodrome, ballfields and inline hockey rink at Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Avenue
  • Skate park, batting cages (advanced online registration required), turf and ball fields at Techny Prairie Park and Fields, 1750 Techny Road
  • Northbrook Dog Park (membership required), 2490 Dundee Road
  • Ballfields at Village Green Park, 1810 Walters Avenue, Wood Oaks Green Park, 1150 Sanders Road and other locations
  • Outdoor bathrooms at Anetsberger Golf Course and Wood Oaks Green Park
  • Basketball courts at various parks with modifications (following the installation of hoops on June 1) 
Golf at Anetsberger Golf Course and tennis courts have been open since mid-May. Some restrictions have been lifted - visit nbparks.org or anetsbergergolf.com for complete details. 

Please note, playground equipment and drinking fountains remain closed.
 
While enjoying outdoor facilities, the District requires all users to follow these guidelines:
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing
  • Wear face coverings when 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible
  • Groups must be 10 people or fewer
  • Team sports and games are not permitted
  • All organized groups and private instruction require a permit
  • No shared equipment
  • Bring your own water
  • Bring hand sanitizer
Outdoor rentals are also available for small group fitness and private training, tennis and athletics. More information is available here

Summer Camp Registration is Now Open for In-person and Virtual Options
Online registration is now open for Session 1 summer camps scheduled to begin June 15 and Session 2 camps starting July 13. In-person camps are available for ages 8-13 and virtual camps, with adult guidance and/or supervision, are available for several age groups. Visit the website for complete details. Options include:

In-person Camps
  • Camp Creative | Leisure Center | Ages 8-13
  • Camp Get Up and Go | Northbrook Sports Center | Ages 8-13
  • Camp Action | Meadowhill Park | Ages 8-13
Virtual Camps
  • Camp Smiles | Ages 2-5 with adult guidance
  • Little Sparks | Ages 5-7 with adult guidance
  • Camp Connection | Ages 8-10 with adult supervision
  • Live Creatives | Ages 8-13 with adult supervision
For camp details and online registration, visit the camps page of the website. For more information, call 847-291-2993.



Today, the State of Illinois moved to Phase 3 (Recovery) based on the guidelines of the Restore Illinois plan . As part of that transition, our organizations are diligently, thoughtfully, and collaboratively working to open our community as allowed while keeping our citizens and staff safe. Park districts are carefully increasing access to facilities and programs. Village officials are working with the chambers of commerce to guide restaurants and businesses in reopening or increasing services. Libraries are bringing staff into their buildings and working on procedures for "no contact" pick-up and drop-off of materials. Schools are holding safe celebrations to recognize accomplishments and honor graduates. 
 
And we all are planning ahead for Phase 4, when further restrictions are lifted. We remain hopeful. But it will take work to continue the decline in COVID-19 cases. 
 
The coronavirus has not disappeared.
 
It is incumbent upon us as a community as a whole, and each of us as individuals, to continue to do what is necessary to keep ourselves and others safe. 
 
Physical distancing and face coverings continue to be required. They are the two most effective ways to stop the spread of coronavirus. Other steps to keep yourself and others healthy include:
  • Regular and diligent hand hygiene before and after:  
    • Touching your face, 
    • Blowing your nose, 
    • Coughing or sneezing, 
    • Going to the bathroom, and 
    • Eating or preparing food. 
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. 
  • Stay home if you are sick; know the symptoms of COVID-19 and how to access testing (see that information below from NorthShore University HealthSystem).
 
For Families
With schools out and summer recreation limited, we are aware that the continued distancing and face-covering requirements pose particular challenges for families. Children, teens -- and adults! -- are understandably eager to connect with friends. School district officials have heard from concerned parents about gatherings of children around the community, and we wanted to share resources that may help parents set guidelines and have conversations with children about the importance of following those requirements. 
Update From NorthShore University HealthSystem
NorthShore University HealthSystem continues to see a drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions. The system's rate of positive COVID-19 tests remains steady at about 27%. 

As a reminder, if you or a family member show COVID-19 symptoms ( listed on our website ) you should: 
  • Call 847-HEALTH9 (847-432-5849) and talk to a NorthShore clinical expert; or
  • Log onto NorthShoreConnect through the app on your mobile device or on the website ( www.northshoreconnect.org/immediatecare) .
Community Needs
The Northfield Township Food Pantry has seen an increase in need from families with members of their household who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Food Pantry website includes information on how to apply for assistance and how to make donations to support their work.
 
Good News Stories
If you follow any of us on our social media channels, you'll get a healthy dose of stories that highlight the strength of our community and the boundless goodness of those who live and work here. We will share some of those stories here each week. 
 
Laura Wassinger, Recreation Supervisor at the Northbrook Park District, has been delivering face coverings to the members of the Senior Center. See more about her work and the Face Covering Donation Drive here. Face covering donations are being accepted in the outdoor drop box at the Northbrook Park District Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Avenue.

A fourth-grade student at Willowbrook School in Northbrook | Glenview School District 30 created this inspirational collage:



Municipal Leaders
Richard Nahrstadt, Village Manager, Northbrook
Matt Formica, Village Manager, Glenview
Jill Brickman, Northfield Township Supervisor
 
School District Superintendents
Dr. Charles Johns, Superintendent, Glenbrook High Schools District 225
Dr. David Kroeze, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 27
Dr. Larry Hewitt, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 28
Dr. Brian Wegley, Superintendent, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
Dr. Erin Murphy, Superintendent, West Northfield School District 31
Dr. Dane Delli, Superintendent, Glenview School District 34
 
Community Leaders
Michael McCarty, Executive Director, Glenview Park District
Molly Hamer, Executive Director, Northbrook Park District
Kate Hall, Executive Director, Northbrook Public Library
Vickie Novak, Director, Glenview Public Library
Betsy Baer, Executive Director, Glenview Chamber of Commerce
Tensley Garris, President, Northbrook Chamber of Commerce