The Crystal Lake Park District building sign is seen March 28, 2019, in Crystal Lake.
The Crystal Lake Park District building sign is seen March 28, 2019, in Crystal Lake.

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All indoor Crystal Lake Park District facilities are closed through April 7, and the Hound Town Dog Park is closed until further notice.

In a news release, the park district said key card holders will be emailed when the dog park reopens.

Because of the shut down of the park district's administrative office, they are unable to issue new boat gate key cards until the office tentatively reopens on April 8. For those 2019 key card holders who have not renewed yet, key cards for both 2019 and 2020 will remain active at this time.

Online, mail-in, fax-in registration also is available.

The Lippold Park Family Golf Center will have a tentative delayed opening day of May 9. Registered programs are canceled or postponed until through April 7. These canceled pre-registered special events include Breakfast with the Bunny, originally scheduled for April 4 and the Doggy Egg Hunt on April 5. Drop-in special events that have been canceled include Scouting Around on April 4, the Community Clean-Up day on April 18, Craft like a Pioneer: Candle Dipping on April 18 and American Heritage Merit Badge on April 21.

Park district staff will be in contact with registered participants regarding program make-ups, rescheduling or refunds. Public parks will remain open, though the park district encourages the public to follow social distancing guidelines and not congregate. Outdoor courts (tennis, basketball) will remain open, but this is subject to change, the news release said.

All playgrounds and Lippold Park Skate Park are closed, however.

According to the news release, park police will remain on duty. To report any park damage or if they need Park Police assistance, people can call the nonemergency number at 815-356-3620

Park district staff will be working remotely and available via phone and email from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The parks department staff will monitor properties and facilities, albeit with a reduced crew.

"The District is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely and receiving frequent updates from our federal, state and regional public health partners," according to the release. "The district will continue to evaluate and make decisions based on the guidance from these trusted sources."

In a Nixle alert, Lake in the Hills Police said to comply with Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order. Playgrounds, the village's basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts and skate parks will be closed until April 7.

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