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Playgrounds owned and maintained by the Oswegoland and Fox Valley Park Districts are among the facilities closed by both agencies in accordance with Illinois Gov. JB Prtizker's March 20 stay-at-home order intended to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 corornavirus.
Pritzker's order is scheduled to expire April 7, but may be extended.
In a post on the agency's website, the Oswegoland Park District lists the following facilities that are closed until further notice: Playgrounds, courts, skate parks, sports fields and other areas where group activities/sports typically occur.
Other district facilities closed: Boulder Point, Civic Center, Prairie Point, South Point and the Little White School Museum in Oswego, Fox Bend Golf Course including the driving range in Oswego all programs, events, rentals, practices and games including affiliate groups.
Oswegoland Park District-owned parks and trails, however, remain open, but only for individuals involved in dispersed recreation and who social distance themselves from others.
The website post continues: "If utilizing our parks and trails, it is crucial that you follow CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommendations for social distancing due to COVID-19. This means keeping a 6-foot distance from others and limiting group gatherings to less than 10 people. We encourage you to enjoy fresh air and outdoor recreation through “dispersed recreation” by participating in outdoor activities away from others. Parents, please communicate this to your children. For more information, visit CDC.gov."
The park district owns and maintains 64 parks across 1,290 acres in northeastern Kendall County.
In a press release posted on its website, Friday, March 27, the Fox Valley Park District announced that all of its facilities including playgrounds, parks, trails and athletic fields are closed through April 7.
The agency serves an estimated 236,000 people who reside in Montgomery, North Aurora and Aurora.
The Stuart Sports Complex located north of Route 30 on Montgomery's far west side is among the facilities owned and maintained by the agency.
The release states, "Residents who choose to use open spaces for health and wellness during this event are encouraged to practice social distancing. Do not gather in groups. Refrain from using these public spaces if you are exhibiting symptoms."