March 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Steve Wilson
Executive Director
Wilmette Park District
Address: 1200 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, IL.  60091
Phone: 847-256-9617
Email: swilson@wilpark.org

Date: March 18, 2020

Wilmette Park District
Social Distancing: Parks & Open Spaces

In this uncertain time, we are fortunate to have access to open spaces and fresh air. The benefits of getting outside are numerous both physically and mentally. Spending recreational time in our parks can ease anxiety, reduce stress, expend excess energy and help see us and our families through the tensions of battling the COVID-19 virus.

With these benefits in mind, it is important to remain mindful and practice social distancing regardless of where we are. We must all take responsibility for our own actions, and that of our children, to ensure we are best employing the use of open space without putting people at risk. We want to make sure our community enjoys our parks while staying safe and healthy. Please practice the following guidelines when visiting our parks and open spaces:

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Maintain a 6 ft. space between yourself and others at the park at all times.

SUPERVISE YOUNG CHILDREN
Supervise your children to maintain distance from others visiting/playing at the park.

GROUPS IN THE PARK
Groups meeting with others at parks should still maintain the 6 ft. guideline between each person.

ALERT OF YOUR PRESENCE
When passing others, alert them of your presence to allow adequate space for you to pass.

STAY HOME IF UNWELL
If you, or a member of your household are feeling unwell, keep your neighbors safe and stay at home.

Please explain these guidelines to children and other family members who may visit parks without supervision. Make sure to sanitize and wash hands after spending time at the park. Unfortunately, we are unable to sanitize park and playground surfaces due to a lack of manpower.

To stay informed with the latest updates and news, check our website or our Facebook page.


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