The Geneva Park District announced the reopening of both its BestLife Fitness Centers on Monday, June 29. Hours for both facilities will be 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Geneva Park District Executive Director Sheavoun Lambillotte said she and her staff had to be creative during the stay-at-home order, when they offered virtual classes and, during Phase 3, some limited outdoor classes and summer camp.
“Now, as we enter into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, we are extremely excited to allow our patrons and members back into our buildings,” she said. “While things may look a bit different, we are elated to have our resident’s back!”
Superintendent of Recreation Nicole Vickers said they designed plan to reopen using the guidelines for Health & Fitness Clubs in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and the Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
“We have made modifications to our fitness centers to maximize our members’ experience while maintaining a high level of cleanliness and safety,” she said. “BestLife Fitness members can expect to find strategically spaced out equipment, including the use of additional spaces throughout the community centers. These measures have been taken to help ensure safety remains the top priority while maintaining social distancing.”
During the closure, the Geneva Park District staff has performed a comprehensive cleaning of all facilities and has developed an approach to continue to clean and sanitize based on the guidelines provided through the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Plexiglass shields have also been installed at the front desk. There is no child care available at this time, and a mask must be worn, except when you are doing physical activity. Additional information can be found online at https://www.genevaparks.org/bestlife-fitness/. Indoor group fitness classes will resume the week of July 13.
In addition, the Geneva Park District is offering new aqua fitness, lap swim, and swim lessons at Mill Creek Pool. Pre-registration is required for all programs and is available at genevaparks.org.
Beginning the week of June 29, the swim lessons have been expanded to include New Parent/Child Preschool lessons for ages 3 to 5 years old with parent. Other options include Parent/Tot for ages 6 months to 3 years old and Private Swim Lessons/Stroke School for ages 6 and older.
The schedule is released on Thursdays and is also available at genevaparks.org. Spots are limited due to the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health, soearly registration is encouraged.
Several summer recreation programs can resume including youth volleyball, martial arts, tennis, dance, and All Star Sports classes. In addition, outdoor fitness options and summer camp continue to be popular and are available to sign up for on a weekly basis. All guidelines will be followed and pre-registration is required and can be done online at genevaparks.org.
Butterfly House Opens
The Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park will open Friday, July 3.
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. In addition, special senior only hours were added from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Peck Farm Park Butterfly House Guidelines require masks to be worn at all times. No food, drinks, strollers, purses, backpacks, bags, or other personal items are allowed.
“We ask all visitors leave all personal items, including food and beverages, secured in their vehicles,” Lambillotte said. “Social distancing must be practiced at all times and entry will be limited to eight visitors allowed at a time and a time limit will be enforced as visitation demands require.”
In addition, the Park District is now resuming rental requests for outdoor events at Island Park, River Park, and Peck Farm Park. All rental information can be found at genevaparks.org.
Birthday party reservations are also available for Stone Creek Miniature Golf as well as limited options at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center.
At this time, the spraygrounds at Moore Park and Hawks Hollow remain closed. As soon as new guidelines are released, staff will evaluate and communicate any changes, Lambillotte said.