Is it true that Skokie parks are closed?

See Frequently Asked Questions about the Skokie Park District’s response to COVID-19.

From the Skokie Park District website:

Due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), all park district facilities, playgrounds and basketball courts have been closed, tentatively through April 7. 

In addition, in order to protect residents and patrons, all Skokie Park District programs have been suspended through April 7, with only essential staff reporting to work.

3.26.20 – Enforcement of park usage guidelines
In cooperation with the Village of Skokie and the Skokie Police Department, police will begin enforcing the Skokie Park District’s policy of non-usage of all park playgrounds and basketball courts.

Per the governor’s “stay at home” order and the park district’s current COVID-19 guidelines for visiting Skokie parks, which include staying at least 6-feet away from others and not using playgrounds or basketball courts, police will be responding to non-emergency calls regarding individuals and groups violating these park district guidelines.

In this difficult time for all of us, please be reminded that police responses to these violations may hinder their responses to emergencies; therefore, everyone’s compliance with these common-sense park guidelines is greatly appreciated.

To report COVID-19 park guidelines non-compliance, please call (847) 982-5900.

For Skokie Park District COVID-19 news and updates, visit www.skokieparks.org.

March 26, 2020 Update  - Enforcement of Park Usage Guidelines
In cooperation with the Park District, the police will begin enforcing the Skokie Park District’s policy of non-usage of all park playgrounds and basketball courts. Per the governor’s “stay at home” order and the park district’s current COVID-19 guidelines for visiting Skokie parks, which include staying at least 6-feet away from others and not using playgrounds or basketball courts, police will be responding to non-emergency calls regarding individuals and groups violating these park district guidelines. In this difficult time for all of us, please be reminded that police responses to these violations may hinder their responses to emergencies. Everyone’s compliance with these common-sense park guidelines is greatly appreciated. To report COVID-19 park guidelines non-compliance, please call (847) 982-5900. For Skokie Park District COVID-19 news and updates, visit www.skokieparks.org.

3.25.20
As part of the Skokie Park District’s current COVID-19 guidelines for those visiting Skokie parks, which include staying at least 6-feet away from others and refraining from gathering in groups, the district has disabled the goals and nets on all park basketball courts. While we want our residents to enjoy Skokie parks, we want them to do so responsibly. We look forward to opening up basketball play for all when things return to normal. Thank you for your patience during this extraordinary time.

3.20.20 – District remains closed due to state "stay at home" order
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. through April 7, 2020. Accordingly, the Skokie Park District will remain closed through April 7. Additionally, per the governor’s order, all Skokie Park District playgrounds and basketball courts are closed.

3.19.20 – Park Usage Guidelines
In this extraordinary time, the Skokie Park District sympathizes with all Skokie residents who rely on us for their outdoor recreational needs. We know that our parks provide a great source of relief for all of our residents – adults and children alike. 

With that in mind, we ask that while visiting Skokie parks, residents and guests please observe Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 guidelines, which include staying at least 6-feet away from others and refraining from gathering in groups. This also means avoiding playdates, picnics, pick-up games, and team practices. Also, per state order, all playgrounds and basketball courts are closed. Finally, and most importantly, if you are not feeling well, please stay home until you have fully recovered.

Thank you for your efforts to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Together, Skokie residents can limit the impact!

3.16.20 – Future Special Event Cancellations
The CDC recommends that through May 10, organizers cancel or postpone events that consist of 50 people or more. Therefore, the following Skokie Park District spring special events have been cancelled:

Note, ALL programs, classes and events have been cancelled through March 29.

  • Breakfast with the Bunny & Egg Hunt – April 4
  • Skokie’s Spring Greening Recycling - April 19
  • Diamond Dust Softball Tournament – April 25
  • Spring Flea Market, Oakton Center – April 25
  • Renaissance Festival, Skokie Heritage Museum – April 25
  • Weber Showcase – April 26
  • Earth Day, Emily Oaks Nature Center – April 26
  • Craft Fair at Oakton Center – May 2
  • Devonshire theater, music and dance shows through May 10 may be rescheduled or live streamed for ticket holders.

This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your efforts to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Together, Skokie residents can limit the impact! Read more.

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1. How have Village services been impacted?
2. Why was the ambulance crew wearing special gear when treating my neighbor?
3. Can I donate personal protective equipment, like face masks?
4. How can I participate in the Skokie Spirit Shines Through campaign?
5. What can I do to help my neighbors and the community?
6. How can I support small businesses in Skokie during this crisis?
7. Is there a list of Skokie restaurants and businesses that are open and offering carry-out, delivery or curbside service?
8. Do any businesses offer special shopping hours for seniors?
9. Is it true that Skokie parks are closed?
10. Are Village meetings and events canceled?
11. The Village of Skokie has declared a State of Emergency. What does this mean?
12. Is the water quality safe?
13. I heard that mixing a few household cleaners is good to disinfect against COVID-19. Is this true?
14. Where can I turn for financial assistance?
15. Is food available to those in need during this crisis?
16. Can my landlord show my apartment unit during the stay-at-home order?
17. Where can I report price gouging?
18. How can I stay connected to the Skokie Public Library?
19. Is my landscaper allowed to start working?
20. Is there special information for childcare centers, including home daycare operations?
21. Is there special information for dentists, orthodontists and other oral care professionals?
22. What about long-term care facilities in Skokie?
23. The Village of Skokie has declared a State of Emergency. What does this mean?
24. How can I stay informed?