EDWARDSVILLE — Now that the state has successfully entered its fourth phase of the Restore Illinois effort Friday, here is what that means for the city’s parks and recreation facilities, per Nate Tingley, parks and recreation director, and Trina Vetter, special events coordinator:
In general, people can gather in groups of up to 50 and must remain at least 30 feet away from any other groups in parks. Spectators at all sporting events are asked to wear face coverings when not able to maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
• Park restrooms are open and will be cleaned daily in the mornings Monday through Friday by parks staff; restrooms will not be cleaned on weekends
• Playgrounds are now open to groups of 50 or fewer, with each group staying 30 feet from others (parents must bring their own hand sanitizer and/or wipes). Anyone who uses a playground should wash or sanitize their hands before or after each use
• Basketball nets and sand volleyball nets will be up by Monday at all city parks. The 50-person maximum must be upheld at each court
• Yoga in the Park vacates virtual classes and returns to LeClaire Park on Saturdays at 8 a.m.
• Park pavilions may be rented for get-togethers of 50 people or fewer
• Children’s Art in the Park will take place virtually on Saturdays starting June 27 (except for July 4) and kits are available to the first 25 registrants at no cost and are available for pick-up at city hall
• A baseball tournament starts at Plummer Family Sports Park this weekend. Bleachers at Plummer will be blocked off; spectators are asked to bring their own personal chairs or blankets for seating. All park concession stands will be open to serve pre-packaged food and drinks
• Girls and adult softball leagues resume at Winston-Brown Park’s two fields, along with adult sand volleyball leagues. Adult softball will have a shortened season while girls’ softball and adult sand volleyball will play full seasons
• Vadalabene Park’s small and large youth softball fields are open after prep work this month
• The Wildey Theatre’s event rooms are open for gatherings of 50 people or fewer; the main theatre remains closed to concerts, movies, musicals, etc. until Phase Five
“The parks department is eager to open to the full extent available in Phase Four while keeping people safe,” said Tingley.
Vetter said the city’s fishing derby will take place July 18, with practice fishing lessons on July 14 and July 16. The mother and son superhero date night is tentatively scheduled for August, date to be announced.
Other Phase Four indoor and outdoor recreation requirements are:
• Select indoor recreation facilities like bowling alleys and skating rinks are allowed; indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks should remain closed
• Indoor recreation should be at 50 percent of capacity or 50 customers, whichever is less
• Activity stations should be spaced at least six feet apart
• Shared equipment should be disinfected before and after each use
• Clubhouses and other gathering places are allowed to reopen
• Ticketed events with seating available for all customers are allowed; general admission shows and/or events without seating are not permitted at this time
• Indoor theaters and performing arts venues should operate at the lesser of 50 guests or 50 percent of the overall space capacity
• Outdoor theaters should operate at 20 percent of space capacity
• Patrons should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when not seated
• Patrons from separate households should maintain a six-foot social distance
Two things that remain off-limits are the drinking fountains in all city parks and use of the splash pad in Leon Corlew Park. Park visitors must bring their own water or other beverages until the state reaches the fifth and final phase, or Illinois reopens. Tingley said re-opening the splash pad is a subject he and Mayor Hal Patton have been discussing with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Call the city’s parks and recreation department for reservations or more information at (618) 692-7538 or email them at email@example.com.