PALOS PARK WEEKLY | January 22, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine

The Cook County Department of Public Health will expand to Phase 1b of the Vaccination Plan on January 25, while also prioritizing remaining Phase 1a individuals. Phase 1b includes members of the general public aged 65 and older, police, firefighters and other essential workers.

Cook County Department of Public Health has the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit their website for full details and click here for information specific to the COVID-19 vaccine and older adults.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has adjusted its mitigation metrics, moving Regions 8, 9, 10 and 11 to Tier 2. Region 8 is DuPage and Kane Counties, Region 9 is Lake and McHenry Counties, Region 10 is Suburban Cook County, and Region 11 is Chicago.

Read the full press release here and visit the IDPH website for information about mitigation and resurgence metrics.
The Village of Palos Park has received a complaint regarding our Active Net Registration software. The Recreation Department utilizes Active Net as a recreation management software. Active Net is a software system utilized by hundreds of Recreation Departments and Park Districts nationwide. The Active Net system allows the Village to offer and manage registrations/rentals, build waitlists, and provides the ability to communicate with participants in one flexible system. There is no extra fee for our residents or any users to sign up for classes or programs through the Village using the Active Net registration software.
As a company, Active Net does offer an optional membership subscription, this program is called Active Advantage. Active Advantage is a premium membership, offered exclusively through Active Net, not the Village of Palos Park. The Village does not require residents to sign up for Active Advantage to register for our programs or classes. Residents have complete registration access through the Village website using the Active Net software we subscribe to.
For information regarding Active Net Advantage, to request membership or a refund, please contact Active Net directly at ActiveAdvantage@ACTIVE.com.
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

The 2021 Palos Park Police Department Manteno Polar Plunge for Special Olympics has regrettably been canceled. PPPD officers were gearing up for this event, but like so many other events this year, COVID-19 concerns have forced organizers to cancel. A remote/at home plunge will be held for those interested.

While the 2021 event will be missed, as it draws thousands of people each year to raise money for state and local special Olympic programs, a prominent Palos Park businessman and philanthropist has donated $50,000 to help kick off the 2021 Special Olympics fundraising season. It is the generosity of donators like this that the work of the Special Olympics can continue to allow children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through inclusion, socialization, exercise, and friendly competition.

Palos Park Officer Frank Franczak, who manages the program, said, "We all work together because of our love for the Special Olympians and we are going to continue that. It is an honor to be part of Special Olympics Illinois."
Metra All-Day Pass and Single-Day Weekend Pass

Metra is extending its $10 All-Day Pass offer through February 28, 2021, continuing to give its customers a flexible and affordable fare option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The All-Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on any and all Metra lines all day until 3:00 am the next morning. The pass was introduced on June 1, 2020 and is currently used by about a third of Metra riders.
Read more on Metra's website.

Metra is also offering a new bargain for weekend travelers with an unlimited-travel Saturday or Sunday Day Pass. This new pass will allow unlimited travel across the entire Metra system on either Saturday or Sunday for the price of only $7.00. The single day weekend pass is in addition to Metra's existing $10.00 weekend pass and will be available for purchase beginning February 1, 2021. Read more details here.

*Please note that Metra trains are still operating on alternative weekday and weekend schedules. Alternative schedules for Metra train lines can be found here.
Recreation Department Winter Brochure

The Winter Recreation Guide is now available online. Registration may be made in-person, by mail, by fax, or online. If you are an existing customer with us, phone registrations will be accepted (by credit card only). Registration is open now.

Recreation Center
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
8901 W. 123rd Street
phone: (708) 671-3760
fax: (708) 671-3767
The Village of Palos Park provides the following options for residents and customers to contact us via email, or over the phone for most day-to-day services, inquiries, credit and debit payments. Payments may also be dropped at the drop boxes at the Kaptur Center and the Metra Station.

Contractor Registrations and building permit forms can be found on our website and can be emailed to permits@palospark.org.

Permits for our Public Works department can also be found online and emailed to publicworks@palospark.org.

Direct Debit forms are also available to have your utility bill directly debited from your bank account on the day your bill is due.

You can reach the Village Hall at (708) 671-3700. Please visit our website at www.palospark.org.
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