Elgin Opens Playgrounds But Urges Safety Precautions

Elgin Opens Playgrounds But Urges Safety Precautions

The city of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department opened city-owned playgrounds Monday, July 6, but is also installing signage to encourage good hygiene and other safety measures.

“It’s prudent that parents, guardians and childcare providers practice good sanitation and explain the safety precautions to children if visiting a playground,” said Elgin Parks and Recreation Director Maria Cumpata. “Have fun, but safety first.”

The city of Elgin urges the public to take safety precautions if using the playground equipment:
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use frequently.
  • Wash your hands after use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If over the age of two, wear a face covering if feasible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you feel ill or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Recent guidance from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity regarding Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan allows for local units of government to determine whether or not to open playgrounds. Playgrounds are limited to 50 persons at a time and individuals are to follow social distancing guidance and all other applicable Illinois Department of Public Health guidance.

The city of Elgin has 74 parks, 46 which have playgrounds. At this time, both the Festival Park and Eastside Recreation Center splash pads remain closed. Restroom facilities at Lords Park, Wing Park and Festival Park are open.

For more information, please contact Communications Manager Molly Gillespie at 847-931-5613 (O) or 224-762-0516 (C) or visit www.cityofelgin.org/parks.

About Elgin Parks And Recreation

The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department strives to enhance the quality of life for all of its residents by protecting the unique natural resources of the area and the historical identity of the city while enriching the health and wellness of those that live, work and visit Elgin.

The department maintains 77 parks and green spaces, 10 community recreation facilities, an urban forest of more than 60,000 trees and a wide range of amenities ranging from the Lords Park Farm Zoo to the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin.

SOURCE: Elgin Parks And Recreation news release