Beaches, Splash Pads, Playgrounds Open In LITH

Amie Schaenzer

LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL — Playgrounds, splash pads and beaches have opened or will soon open in Lake in the Hills, village officials said Tuesday. As part of Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reopening plan, many more businesses have opened and options are available for residents in the village.

On Tuesday, the village reopened the splash pad at Sunset Park, according to a news release from the village of Lake in the Hills. Both beaches in Lake in the Hills, Butch Hagele Beach and Indian Trail Beach, will open on Thursday.

In addition, all playgrounds in town, except for Edward William Hynes Park, which remains closed due to upcoming renovations, have opened. The following safety guidelines are in place for village playgrounds and splash pad:

  • Practice social distancing at all times at the splash pad and in all parks and playgrounds.
  • The splash pad and each playground have a limit of 50 individuals. If a playground or the splash pad already has approximately 50 people playing when you arrive, please wait patiently for a few to leave before joining.
  • Please wash your hands and your children’s hands before and after visiting playgrounds. Bring disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer to clean hands before/after play.
  • Stay six feet (or at least an adult arm’s length) away from others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food, water bottles, utensils, or cups.
  • Stay home if you have a fever (above 100.4F), coughing or shortness of breath, or are otherwise unwell. DO NOT USE playgrounds if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Village officials said separate guidelines are in place for beach safety and residents are encouraged to follow those guidelines:

  • Practice social distancing at all times and wear a face covering when not engaged in swimming activities.
  • Beaches have a limit of 50 individuals. If there are already 50 people using the beach when you arrive, please wait patiently for a few to leave before joining.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food, water bottles, utensils, or cups.

This article originally appeared on the Algonquin-Lake In The Hills Patch