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Coronavirus

DeKalb Park District issues guidelines for using parks, trails during pandemic

The Harris family (L-R) Alivia, 10, Tandy, Mason, 6, and Larry, from DeKalb, get some some fresh air Tuesday as they cross a bridge over the Kishwaukee River near Hopkins Park in DeKalb. Many experts say that getting outside and exercising are great ways to stay mentally healthy during the stay-at-home order in Illinois.
The Harris family (L-R) Alivia, 10, Tandy, Mason, 6, and Larry, from DeKalb, get some some fresh air Tuesday as they cross a bridge over the Kishwaukee River near Hopkins Park in DeKalb. Many experts say that getting outside and exercising are great ways to stay mentally healthy during the stay-at-home order in Illinois.

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DeKALB - The DeKalb Park District issued guidelines earlier this week to utilize the open parks and trails while following safety guidelines.

The district pointed out that all parks and trails remain open, while playgrounds and other physical park amenities such as benches, grills and park shelters are closed for public use.

The district added that to safely use parks and trails, six feet of space is similar to the length of a yoga mat or adult bicycle. Also, they warned residents not to touch playground equipment or other frequently touched surfaces, use the parks alone or with individuals that live in the same household, and avoid crowded areas.

Swings are gone from playgrounds, nets have been removed from volleyball courts, and rims on basketball hoops have been removed or covered. Flags have been removed from golf courses and signs have been posted throughout the parks and facilities, noting the closure of these amenities.

Under the advice of local healthcare officials, the dog and skate parks at Katz Park has been closed until further notice. Dogs are still permitted on-leash at all parks, but it is more important than ever that owners pick up after their pets, the release states. Ballfields and soccer fields should only be used by people adhering to safe physical distancing guidelines and only by people living together in the same household.

"The physical and mental health benefits of our parks and open spaces are more important now than ever," said Phil Young, Board President for the Park District. "But we have to all work together to keep DeKalb’s parks open. We urge the community to follow the safe social distancing guidelines so that we can all enjoy the benefits of our parks.” 

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