PRESS RELEASE: Carbondale Park District’s Response To COVID-19 (updated March 21)
CARBONDALE, IL – There has been a great deal of news this week regarding the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), a virus that causes respiratory illness and can easily spread from person to person. Our top priority is the health and safety of your families and the Carbondale community.
To reduce the spread of this virus, the Carbondale Park District is closely monitoring information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DCFS and the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 and enacting the necessary protocols.
- Schedule and programming changes:
- Alice Wright and Kids Korner childcare centers will be closed thru April 8,2020.
- The Life Community Center will be closed, staff will be available by phone from 8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday, call 618-549-4222.
- The Park District’s administrative offices at Hickory Lodge will be closed to the public.
- Parks will remain open. Individuals using the parks should comply with Social Distancing Requirements. However, playgrounds can increase the spread of COVID-19 and are therefore closed to the public.
- Hickory Ridge Golf Course will be closed effective Saturday 21, 2020 at 5pm.
The Carbondale Park District strives to provide recreational opportunities for the entire community. Explore our many beautiful parks this winter. Spend some time outdoors enjoying the quiet solitude of the winter landscape. Take time for fun! -Kathy Renfro, Executive Director
The Carbondale Park District Tree Memorial Program was established by the Carbondale Park District to allow a friend or loved one to be honored and remembered in a very special way – a living, growing tree. A tree will be planted on Park District property and the family notified. A permanent record will be kept of the donor, the honoree, and the site of the planting. The Park District will maintain the trees. Tree Memorial application forms are available at the LIFE Center. For more information, call 549-4222. A minimum donation of $100.00 is required. Gifts may also be made to the Park District’s general beautification programs.
The Resident fee is determined by your home address and whether or not you reside within the Carbondale Park District taxing area. Basically, you need to reside (live) within the Carbondale City limits. To prove residency you must present a current (unexpired) photo ID and proof of Carbondale address. Examples are: a recent piece of mail addressed to you (not junk mail), a bill in your name, or your property tax bill. Residency can be established at the LIFE Community Center.
Program fees are based on a minimum number of participants signing up. The minimum number of enrollees is necessary to cover the cost of offering the program. If less than the minimum number of participants required are enrolled at the registration deadline, the Carbondale Park District reserves the right to cancel that program. Those enrolled will be notified of the cancellation and will receive a full refund by mail. The maximum number of participants is determined based on safety, facility limitations, and quality assurance.
When a program is canceled by the Carbondale Park District, for any reason, a 100% program registration fee refund will be issued to each canceled program registrant.
A 100% program registration fee refund will be issued only if a request for a refund is made no less than three business days prior to the start of the program. A 50% program registration fee refund will be issued only if a written request for a refund is received prior to the second scheduled meeting of the program. There will be no program registration fee refunds given after the second scheduled meeting of the program except as defined under Medical Refund Requests.
A pro-rated program registration fee refund will be issued based upon the number of sessions remaining in the program only if a written request accompanied with medical documentation has been received identifying a medical problem which prohibits the individual’s continued program participation. Such written request for a refund due to medical reasons must be received within three business days following the completion of the last scheduled meeting of the program. No refunds will be given thereafter.
The Carbondale Park District assumes no responsibility for injuries or accidents occurring at programs or activities. It does not carry medical or loss of personal property insurance for program participants – the cost would make program fees prohibitive. It is advisable to review your own personal insurance plan to be certain that you and your family have proper coverage.
The Carbondale Park District will make every attempt to facilitate inclusion of individuals with special needs into all of our programs and activities. Inclusion within the Carbondale Park District means individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in the same recreation programs and activities as their peers. Reasonable accommodations are provided to enable an individual’s successful participation in a program. If you have questions about inclusion, please call 549-4222 to speak with the Recreation Coordinator.
P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326
Reservations, Registrations, Pool
2500 West Sunset Drive
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565
P.O. Box 1326
625 S. Lewis Lane
2727 West Glenn Road
1115 West Sycamore
108 N. Williams
2500 West Sunset Drive
101 N. Glenview
Board of Commisioners
Executive Director/Board Secretary
Clubhouse Manager/Golf Pro
Golf Course Superintendent
Superintendent of Recreation
Alice Wright Early Childhood Center Director
Superintendent of Childcare