Learn & Play for schools, extended pool dates & more 
(August 7, 2020) The Skokie Park District is now in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The following are reminders and updates for this week. 
Grades K-5 'Learn & Play' option announced for four Skokie school districts

The Skokie Park District today announced its new K-5th grade childcare option for four Skokie school districts during remote learning. 

The program will provide a safe and fun environment offering special activities, outdoor play, homework time, non-contact games, crafts, and more, all organized throughout the day following CDC guidelines. Staff will plan the daily schedule around the children's required learning times and will support the child as needed. 

For more information click below for you child's school district information.


Skokie Water Playground to extend its season

The Skokie Water Playground just announced an extension of its operation through Labor Day. The new dates, hours and fees are as follows:

Regular Summer Hours (through August 16)

Open Swim
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
/ 2-5 p.m. / 6-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
/ 2-5 p.m.
Lap Swim
Monday - Friday: 7-8 a.m. / 8-9 a.m. 
/ 9-10 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 7-8 a.m. / 8-9 a.m.

End-of-Summer Hours

Open Swim (August 17 - September 6)
Monday - Friday: 5-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. / 2-5 p.m.
Lap Swim (August 17 - September 6)
Monday - Friday: 7-8 a.m. / 8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.
Tot Swim (August 17-21 & August 24-28)
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - noon (Bucket Pool only - capacity 50)
Saturday & Sunday: 8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.

Labor Day Hours

Open Swim (September 7)
10 a.m.-1 p.m. / 2-5 p.m.
Lap Swim (September 7)
8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.

Fees

Skokie Residents: $7
Evanston Residents: $10
Non-Residents: $15
End-of-Season Lap & Tot Swim: Res-$4 / NR-$7



Devonshire Preschool guidelines 

For the continued health and safety of its participants, their families and preschool staff, Devonshire Preschool officials announced today the facility's COVID-19 guidelines and modifications for school year 2020-21. 


Perennial pollinators planted at Sports Park

Perennial pollinators are currently being planted at Skokie Sports Park, promoting a wide range of environmental benefits, including:
  • providing a food source for many different pollinators,
  • the plants assisting in managing stormwater runoff, and
  • a reduction in emissions due to no need for grass mowing.

In addition, the planting areas will feature signage for educational opportunities in both the northeast corner of the property along the Sports Park entrance and in the large drainage basin to the east of the driving range. 

The initiative is part of the Pollinator Meadows Grant Program through the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The district was selected to receive $20,000 toward turning two acres of turf into pollinator-friendly plantings as part of a matching grant. One acre is located at Skokie Sports Park and the second acre is located at Hamlin Park. Both sites are scheduled to be completed by October 2021. 

The Fall Program Guide is online now!
 
The Fall Program Guide is here and includes clickable links directly to each program on the district's registration site.
 
Registration Dates
Residents: August 15
Non-Residents: August 22
 
Temporarily moving the guide online-only will not only allow for last-minute changes to fall programming during the pandemic, it will also save the district thousands of dollars.
 
We understand that many Skokie residents will miss their printed seasonal program guide. We promise that when this crisis ends, we will get back to business as usual, putting these guides back in your homes, and in your hands.
 
New! Mask-required classes & workout times
 
Fitness First is rolling out a new mask initiative after recently surveying members regarding wearing masks while in classes and while working out. After analyzing the results of the survey, we have decided to add the following 'mask required' offerings to our schedule.
 
As of August 10: 
 
Total Body Strength
Mondays, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Multi-Purpose Room

Spin
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fitness First Time Blocks
Tuesdays, 8-9:30 a.m.
Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.

During these classes and work out time blocks, all members and staff will be required to wear a mask at all times. These new offerings will provide members with an added level of comfort and safety when working out at Fitness First. The mask logo on our reservation calendar signifies a 'mask required' class or time block. The schedule below is subject to change and additional 'mask required' offerings may be added.
 
As a reminder, during all other classes and work out time blocks, the following rules are required to be followed:
  • A face covering is REQUIRED while resting in between weight sets or exercises.
  • A face covering is REQUIRED while walking to and from exercise equipment.
  • 6-feet of social distancing is REQUIRED at all times.
  • A face covering is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED during exertion of energy while exercising.
  • A face covering is REQUIRED at all other times while in the building.
Thank you all for your valuable feedback and please stay healthy and strong!
 
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