In collaboration with our neighboring school districts and park districts and out of an abundance of caution all Chicago Ridge Park District facilities will be closed beginning March 16th for the health and wellness of our patrons and staff.
At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among patrons or staff at the Chicago Ridge Park District. As COVID-19 continues to spread in our state, our country and worldwide, Chicago Ridge Park District wants to do everything in our power to protect the health and wellness of our patrons, staff and their families. As a country we are beginning to exercise the practice of “Social Distancing.” We are doing our part in this effort as we also take steps to limit the transmission of this virus.
As this remains a very fluid situation, we are unsure at this time when the Chicago Ridge Park District will reopen. Throughout the week, additional information can be found at Chicagoridgeparks.com.
Chicago Ridge Park District will continue to monitor all appropriate guidance from local, state, and federal health officials. We will provide regular and timely communication with the entire Chicago Ridge Park District community as we move forward. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued partnership in keeping our patrons, our staff, and our community healthy.
President of the Board of Commissioners
Chicago Ridge Park District
The Chicago Ridge Park District understands and appreciates that members of our community are concerned about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its potential impact on the health of our patrons, staff, and families. With this in mind, we want to share some of the most pertinent and up-to-date information about the virus that has been disseminated by healthy organizations and agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage county health Department (DCDH).
The health risk that COVID-19 poses to the general public in Illinois and across the United States is low. However, our state and country are engaged in a strong public response to this situation in an effort to detect new cases in a timely manner and prevent the spread of the virus. The belief is that enacting strong public health measures now will help blunt the impact of the virus.
The IDPH does not recommend the use of masks or gloves, or the cancellation of programs or mass gatherings. However, the agency is recommending that any people returning from mainland China should stay home for 14 days starting from the day they get back.
While there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection, there are steps that people can take to protect themselves against any respiratory virus. These steps include
Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used instead.
Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Staying home when you are sick.
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
While there are no special sanitizing processes that are necessary or recommended for slowing the spread of respiratory illness, we have been and will continue to perform routine cleaning and disinfecting in our buildings.
Please know that we are strongly committed to the health and safety of our entire Park District community. It is because of this commitment that we will remain vigilant about keeping our buildings clean, and will provide you with updates about COVID-19 as we receive them. In the meantime, below are lings to information about the virus that we thought you might find helpful:
Rob Pratl, President of the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Ridge Park District, announced that the Park District will be adding two roof Solar PV Systems – one at Frontier Park Fieldhouse and one at Freedom Activity Center. The systems will offset nearly 40% of the facilities’ annual electricity usage in year one. The expected 1st year energy production of 221,085 kWh combined is enough to power 25 homes on clean, renewable, locally produced electricity. The system will produce enough clean energy to prevent over 132 tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere annually, while reducing the District’s energy consumption and environmental footprint.
The system will have 471 solar panels that will be installed by Windfree Solar, a commercial and residential solar installer who has been changing the world over the past 10 years and has completed over 400 installations in Chicagoland.
Park District Director, Kevin King, stated that the Park District is taking a big step in fulfilling their stewardship of reducing pollution and scaling down their carbon footprint. Upon completion of the project the Park District and Windfree Solar will host a “solarbration” open house for the community, detailing the project’s specifications and benefits, thereby educating everyone on the benefits of solar power.
The project will be financed through a PPA agreement provided by Sustainable Capital Finance, a solar finance company specializing in public sector/non-profit financing at no cost to the Park District. This agreement will lock in an electricity rate below the District’s current rate with no escalator for 25 years enabling the Park District to save tax payer dollars while helping the environment.
The Chicago Ridge Park District is proud to announce its Standard & Poor’s rating has been raised from ‘A’ to ‘A+’! In an article published On Thursday, April 25, 2019, The Reporter Newspaper quoted S&P Global Ratings credit analyst, Blake Yocom as stating, “The upgrade reflects consistent positive performance and maintenance of very strong cash reserves while all other credit characteristics have also improved…The stable outlook reflects our expectation that the district will maintain mostly balanced operations and very strong cash reserves across its general and recreation funds.” Way to go CRPD!