Des Plaines Park District

COVID-19 Information

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Posted June 27

The Des Plaines Park District will opened their playgrounds today, except for Centennial and Lake Park Playgrounds as they are fenced off and will be opened on Monday.  In the next week, we will be removing Playground Closed signs at our 36 Playgrounds and opening our basketball courts along with installing swings that we removed.  The guidelines for playgrounds require social distancing and no more than 50 on a playground.  The Des Plaines Park District asks your help to slow the spread of COVID-19 by being responsible.  If you plan a trip to one of our playgrounds, parents bring wipes or sanitizer and use before and after child is on the playgrounds.  The Governor, IDPH, DCEO, and our residents have done a great job in slowing the spread of the virus and we need to continue to follow guidelines in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois.  As a community, we need to work together for the safety of one another.  Thank you

Don Miletic, Executive Director

Update 6.15.20

The Des Plaines Park District is excited to provide many opportunities for our residents once again.  As Phase 3 allows for the limited opening up of facilities and programs, we eagerly await Phase 4.  Planning is underway as we continue to monitor the guidance provided by the Governor, CDC, and IDPH.  We have been working diligently to deliver quick turnaround by determining requirements and planning to provide recreation for all, in a safe manner.  Your favorite facility, activity, and program status can be seen here.

Golf Operations
Courses are open for foursomes every ten minutes with restrictions.  Book a Tee Time at Lake Park 18-hole par three or see the many options The Golf Center has to offer, including the popular daytime or evening 9-hole, par 3 course or the unique driving range with automated tee up system. Visit GolfTEC, Club Casa Cafe, and Dream Golf Pro Shop, all open for business.

Summer Care Camps
Camps have been underway at a number of locations since Monday, June 8.  These altered small group camp programs are looking forward to pool visits beginning in late June.  Click here for Information & to Register for Summer Camp 2020 being held at our Arndt Park, West Park, Leisure Center, and Prairie Lakes locations.  We offer camps that are 1 to 3 weeks per session and half to full day programs based on your child’s age and interest with options to meet your schedule. Camps are available now through August 14.

Pool Operations
Our neighborhood pools Chippewa & Iroquois will see Lap Swim and Swim Team starting Friday, June 19.  Register for a pass or pay a daily fee to participate in lap swim 7 days a week at either pool or register to be a part of the modified swim team practicing at Chippewa.

We are preparing to invite open swim in Phase 4, expected to begin June 26.  For details on pool passes with adjusted fees or updated schedules for these pools, visit  Open swim is expected to see capacity limits due to guidelines and enhanced cleaning requirements.   In order to offer pool time to as many people as possible, schedules have been modified to include 3 group swim times each day, with capacity limits (to be determined based on guidance). This will require pass holders and daily participants be admitted on a first come, first served basis. At the end of each swim session, all guests will exit and get in line to re-enter the pools for the next swim session.

Due to the shortened season and anticipated capacity limitations the District made the tough decision to close the popular Mystic Waters Aquatic Center this season.

We are excited to see the New Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center Plans become reality with an 8-Lane, 25-Yard Lap Pool for lap swimming, competition, swim school and open swim; Wellness Pool, with 3 lanes for lap swimming and aqua exercise classes in a warm water environment; Splash Pad, providing safe and fun water play for ages 2–12 and non-swimmers; Multi-Purpose Party Room; Locker Rooms and Family Changing Rooms.  This location will be the new home of our Des Plaines Park District Warriors Championship Swim Team!  Grand Opening is scheduled for July 18.  Jump right in with brand new memberships now available.

Lake Park Marina
Relax and cruise around beautiful Lake Opeka by renting Paddle Boats, Kayaks, and Boat Mooring options available.

Mountain View Adventure Center
Mountain View Adventure Center miniature golf, batting cages, and skate park all open to the public.

Prairie Lakes Community Center & Administrative and Leisure Center
These facilities remain closed until Phase 4.  Memberships for the Prairie Lakes Fitness Center and ALC Health Club have been frozen.  Once we are able to return, limitations to amenities should be expected. In the meantime, we have adapted our fitness offering to outdoor fitness programs which are underway at West Park.  These classes require registration and no discounts are available at this time.  Information and registration can be found at  One-on-one workouts with our personal trainers have also returned, and will be located in the Prairie Lakes Fitness Center.  We look forward to welcoming our fitness members back soon with modified conditions, as soon as allowable.  Additional details will follow once guidance for a safe return is available. New passes for Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center are still under construction and targeted for completion prior to opening to the Public in Phase 4.  These will not be open for sale online at this time.

Many programs began this spring and continue into the summer with limitations to groups of 10 people and under.  Virtual programs continue.  Some outdoor programs have begun.  Youth and Adult Athletics guidelines continue to be monitored for future expansion.  Indoor programming will become available soon.  See our Program Guide for details.

Playgrounds & Parks
•Playground equipment remains closed at this time.
•Tennis and Pickleball locations throughout the district are open with restrictions.  Single and double play is now available.  Restrictions of no more than 10 people within the fencing should be adhered to.
•Sand Volleyball Courts at Lake Park have reopened with the same 10 person social distancing guidance.
•Basketball courts remain closed, and will begin opening in the weeks to come.
•Cricket, Baseball, Softball, and General Fields are open for DPPD programming and permitted practices.

Park Shelters and Facility Rentals
Currently, we are not accepting any reservations for park shelters, facility meeting room rentals, or parties.  Once we return to regular business hours we will begin taking reservations upon entering phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan with limitations expected.

Community Gardens
Garden Plots are open to those who have secured plots for this season.  Open plots are Still available, click here. Follow the posted guideline


If you have a question about our policies during this shutdown, please email

To our Fitness Center and Health Club Members: We understand that closing our facilities means you are unable to enjoy your memberships. We are NOT processing any EFT payments while we are closed. If you have prepaid for a membership, we will automatically extend your membership for all of the weeks we are closed.
To our Creative Corners, School of Dance, and Artistry in Motion families:  We are NOT processing any EFT payments while we are closed.
To our Golf Center Members: If you have prepaid for the Course and Short Game Membership, we will automatically extend your membership for all of the weeks we are closed. If you have the All You Can Hit Membership we are NOT processing any EFT payments while we are closed. If you have a Bonus Certificate from our Holiday Promotion, the expiration date has been extended from March 31 to June 30, 2020.

NOTE: Any EFT payments that were processed prior to our initiating the stop order will be AUTOMATICALLY refunded. Look for the refund on your credit card or bank statement.

Rentals and Parties: If your facility rental or party was scheduled to take place during the weeks we are closed, we will refund the entire cost or try to reschedule your event.

For all events that were scheduled to take place during the closure, refunds will be issued AUTOMATICALLY. You DO NOT need to request a refund.
We are making every effort to provide timely refunds to participants of the programs and events that have been cancelled. We greatly appreciate your patience.

All of us at the park district hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.