PALATINE, IL — The Palatine Park District announced Thursday that all playgrounds, ball/hard-surfaced courts and facilities are closed, in accordance with CDC recommendations and Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to shelter in place, according to a news release from the park district.
While parks and trails remain open, the park district said it's still not acceptable to be in large groups.
According to the news release, many people chose to disregard the governor’s order and therefore the Park District has received an "extraordinary amount of messages from concerned patrons about the volume of gatherings," Mike Clark, Executive Director of Palatine Park District said, in the news release.
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As a result, park district officials are taking further action to highly discourage those people who are ignoring the order:
- Closed signs have been posted near all playgrounds.
- Playgrounds will be roped off with caution tape.
- Basketball rims have been covered
- Tennis and pickle ball courts have been locked as well as the skate park.
- Soccer and lacrosse goals have been disassembled
- Drinking fountains have been shut off and will remain off until further notice.
"In order to complete these efforts and regulations, we must ask staff to leave the safety of their homes and expose themselves to surfaces that have been touched by thousands of people. Any of whom could be infected," Clark said, in the news release.
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Clark added that the park district is working cooperatively with the Village and the Palatine Police Department and are ready to assist with enforcement by dispersing people who do not follow the Governor’s order.
"All that being said, we implore any of you who took part in the discouraged activity to seriously reconsider your actions," Clark said, in the news release. "Please do not make us take the next step of closing down the community parks entirely. We want people to be able to get outside to get fresh air and go for a walk, but if this type of blatant disregard for the safety of others continues, we will be forced to do so. On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners, the Park District Staff, and all of our loved ones, please take this seriously! Do your part to flatten the curve and save lives!"