Park District News & Announcements

Wood Dale Park District Update


 

Phase 4 – Return to Tier 2 and Recreation!

The Illinois Department of Public Health has granted clearance for Region 8, which includes DuPage County, to return to Tier 2 mitigations. According to the State of Illinois, Tier 2 mitigations may be applied to regions that are experiencing a sustained resurgence of COVID-19 or regions that have been under more stringent Tier 3 mitigations but have not yet achieved metrics that allow for a resumption of either Tier 1 or Phase 4 Restore Illinois activities. If a region again experiences a sustained resurgence of COVID-19 with Tier 2 mitigations in place, a return to stricter measures may be necessary to curtail the further spread.

Now that Region 8 is ready to return to Tier 2 safely, The Wood Dale Park District is prepared to resume limited operations with adjustments in place to maintain a safe environment in which to gather and play.  We are excited to welcome the community back to limited in-person, indoor programming while adhering to guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation activities and facilities.

Ongoing updates will be featured on the website and on social media. Further information may be obtained by calling the Recreation Complex Front Desk at 630-595-9333.

Some rules will remain…

  1. Face coverings will be required at all times when at any indoor or outdoor park district facility or participating in any in-person park district program.  There are no exceptions.
  2. Social distancing is required. Please remain a minimum of six feet away from other individuals, both inside and outside.
  3. Anyone exhibiting signs of illness, testing positive for COVID-19, or having been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is not allowed in any park district facility or program. 

General Information

  1. Registration is now available and can be done online and in-person. We highly recommend utilizing online registration. If you need assistance, please call 630-595-9333
  2. Watch for the February-March program guide coming soon on the website for an entire list of programs to keep you and your family active this winter and watch for new programs on social media.

Program and Facility Update

The Mission of the Wood Dale Park District is to serve the community with quality recreational experiences that provide a fun and healthy lifestyle.  While COVID-19 has limited our offerings, we are pleased to announce that the Governor announced that the State of Illinois will be moving to Tier 2 mitigations as January 18.  The new guidelines impact many Park District programs and facilities. Below is a status update for our major programs and facilities:

Recreation Complex

Registration Desk

Front Desk Hours (effective January 20) - Monday-Friday 8:30 am-7:00 pm

Indoor Track and Fitness Studio

Fitness Studio hours are 8 am – 7 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Indoor Track is only available to members of the Fitness Center.

Reservations are required for each area. No walk-ins allowed.

There is a 90-minute limit for each area.

Reservations can be made the day before your visit by phone Monday-Friday 8:30 am-7:00 pm. For same-day reservations, please call for availability.

The facility will continue to operate at 25% capacity.

Gymnasium

The gymnasium is open for Fitness Studio members, Kid Club and Rainbow Playschool, Baton, and rentals.  No playing of basketball games is allowed.  Shooting at individual baskets or playing one-on-one is allowed but no full games, but reservations must be made.  There is a 90-minute time limit for each reservation.

Fitness Classes

In-person, indoor fitness classes will start the week of February 1.  A Spin & Strength class will be offered on Tuesdays from 6:00-6:45 pm and a Boot Camp class will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-6:45 pm.  Both will be held at The Woodlands at White Oaks.  Tai Chi is held Thursdays from 11:00 am-Noon at the Recreation Complex Please check the website and social media for more information. Registration is available in-person at the Recreation Complex

Di Bella Dance

Di Bella Dance classes are being held in-person.  Please contact the front desk or email dlescher@wdparks.org for more information.  You can also view and register for the classes offered in the nine-week session online.

Kid Club

Kid Club will resume Wednesday, January 27, following the School District 7 schedule.  Registration is open. To begin the registration process, email dlescher@wdparks.org with your requested start date and the time of day that care is needed.

Rainbow Playschool

Rainbow Playschool will resume Wednesday, January 27.

Other Programs and Rentals

Programs will resume gradually.  New and returning programs will appear on the website and on social media.

Rentals are available for up to ten people.

Contractual programs (gymnastics, Kid Rock, Tot Rock, Magic, Ice Skating)

Programs will be held in-person.  Registration is available.  Any future modifications to the program will be made by the agency/business hosting the program.

Salt Creek Golf Course

Weather dependent, golfing will be available. Visit their website to book a tee time online or call 630-773-0184

No indoor restaurant or bar service will be offered.    

Curbside Pick-Up Dinners are offered on select dates:

Skirt Steak Taco Dinner, Friday, January 29, $14

Rib Dinner, Friday, February 12, $22

Rigatoni Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Friday, February 26, $19.50

Rentals are available for up to ten people

The Woodlands at White Oaks Park

Rentals are available for groups up to ten people. 

Parks and Park Amenities

Basketball courts, playgrounds, trails, and outdoor exercise are open.

Dog-Friendly Area

The Dog-Friendly Area is Open to pass holders.

The Beach Waterpark

Status for 2021 yet to be determined.

Senior Citizen Programs and Trips

Programs are suspended until further notice.

 

Capital Project Update

July 9, 2020

Dear Residents,

Wood Dale is very fortunate to have a site within its boundaries that allows for the preservation and appreciation of nature.  White Oaks Park is an invaluable asset to the community.  To further the effort to showcase and improve this site, the Park District has embarked upon a three-phase plan for its redevelopment.  This post is to keep you updated as we launch Phase #2. 

After the approval of the Comprehensive Community Action Plan in 2015, the planning for White Oaks Park began when landscape architects were hired to prepare a concept plan for the park.  Altamanu, a land planning and architecture firm with strong environmental stewardship experience, conducted community planning focus groups in 2016 to gain ideas on what the park re-development should include.  Ideas came forth from vested residents including neighbors living near the site, current users of the park (dog area, scout area, trails, etc.), and other stakeholders in the community (police, city, school district, etc.). 

Public input and further study of the site laid the foundation for decisions to be made on the re-development.  Once a solid and workable plan was determined, the Park District focused its energy on securing funding for the project, which led to the issuance of General Obligation Bonds and the creation of a financial partnership with the City of Wood Dale.  The Park District also secured an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant from the State of Illinois.

Phase #1 began in the Spring of 2019 and was completed last fall with the construction of The Woodlands along with some other site improvements on the west side of the park.  With Phase #1 completed, the Park District was able to move into Phase #2 and placed the work out to bid earlier this year.  The bidding process was successful, and the lowest responsible bidder was selected and placed under contract for construction last month.  As a result, Phase #2 construction has started.  Phase #2 improvements include.

  • Children’s Playground - an active play area for children and families to enjoy in proximity to The Woodlands
  • Park Shelter and Game Area - a passive or active gathering place for patrons of the park, adjacent to permanent Bocce and “Bags” courts
  • Scout Camping Area & Camp Fire Council Ring - an improved camping area relocated further into the woods that includes a campfire council ring
  • Exercise Trail & Stations - manmade and natural exercise stations and obstacles of diverse sizes and levels of difficulty along a new interior trail.
  • Wetlands, Trails, and Boardwalk (phases #2 & #3) - Since the park consists of nearly 1,000 trees and many acres of dedicated wetlands, the plan calls for proactive measures to protect these areas and enhance them.  Trails leading around these areas will be improved and interpretive signage will be added to help educate visitors to their purpose and significance.  A boardwalk will be added to take patrons through the wetland in a manner that protects and upholds the wetland and forest integrity.

Phase #2 construction is slated to last until December.  As a result, the eastern 2/3 of the park is fenced off and closed, for everyone’s safety.  The parking lot, Dog-Friendly Area, and The Woodlands will be open, with COVID-19 guidelines enforced. 

The Park District is planning to conduct a community education meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 pm on Zoom to present the environmental improvements being made and address any community questions.  Please be on the lookout for more information.

We hope you are all as excited about the improvements being made to White Oaks Park as we are.  We appreciate your support as we go through the construction process.