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Nash Recreation Center will reopen on July 8

OPD playgrounds, dog park, splash pad, shelters open June 26

Alexis Breeden, of Oregon, waits for cool water to spalsh down on her head at the Oregon Park District's Splash Canyon in 2019. The free splash park is a popular spot when tempearatures climb.
Alexis Breeden, of Oregon, waits for cool water to spalsh down on her head at the Oregon Park District's Splash Canyon in 2019. The free splash park is a popular spot when tempearatures climb.

The Oregon Park District will reopen its Nash Recreation Center on July 8 following a months-long closure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

OPD’s playgrounds, dog park, splash pad and shelter will reopen on June 26 in accordance with the state’s fourth phase of its reopening plan starting. Gatherings of 50 people or less will be allowed in phase four. In-person outdoor activities began earlier this month with social distancing and limited participants. 

“The Park District is taking a proactive stance to keep our community, participants and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” OPD Executive Director Erin Folk said in a press release. “We are currently operating and will continue to operate within the applicable parameters set forth by the Governor’s office, the Center for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health.”

OPD will be using reduced program sizes, frequent handwashing, staggered program times, increased equipment cleaning and program modifications going forward to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Signs will be posted to remind all users of social distancing recommendations. 

Nash will re-open with capacity limits and social distancing requirements as identified by IDPH. A new reservation system will be introduced to allow users to schedule a use time for the pool, fitness center and gym. This technology will assist with operations and limit group sizes. 

Reservations can be made by calling 815-732-3101 or at www.oregonpark.org beginning July 1. 

To help users better understand the new procedures, OPD has created a ‘We Play Safe’ document to outline expectations at www.oregonpark.org. 

“These procedures are new and may take time for our users to adapt, but we are here for you and ready to assist in any way we can,” Folk said. “We want our residents to understand, we take very seriously the well-being of our community and nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our participants and guests.“

“However, we also understand that the suspension of access to our recreation programs and facilities has resulted in a negative effect on our community’s overall physical and mental wellness,” Folk said. “We know that it’s time to get back to recreation in Oregon and we look forward to welcoming you back on July 8.”

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