Park District News & Announcements

Wood Dale Park District Update

Please click the link below to access a recording of the White Oaks Park Educational Presentation that was held on September 10. If you have any questions related to the project, please contact Ben Appler at bappler@wdparks.org.

https://youtu.be/p0_L8nyN6_M

**NEW** Click here to visit the Online Program Guide.

Click here to download the September-October Program Guide.

 

 

The Wood Dale Park District, in conjunction with School District #7, has developed the Kid Club program to support and assist families needing full-day care for their children both during, between, and after the times designated for remote-learning.

The program is designed for students in grades K – 5 attending Oakbrook and/or Westview schools.

The program will be offered Monday-Friday (5-day option only) with the following care options to select from:

Morning Care

7:00 – 8:15am - $99/month

Day Care*

8:15 am – 3:15 pm - $287/month

After Care

3:15 – 6:00 pm - $113/month

For more information, visit the Kid Club page here.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

To register, please call the Recreation Complex front desk at 630-595-9333 or email Dan, the program supervisor, at dlescher@wdparks.org.

 

 

 

 Phase 4 Re-Opening Plan Summary

(As of Friday, June 26, 2020 – information subject to change)

COVID-19 Statement and General Guidelines

The health and safety of our participants, families, and staff is paramount.  Guidelines and expectations, based on the recommendations of the "Restore Illinois" Plan, Center for Disease Control and health departments at the state and county level have been put in place to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19.   Please adhere to the following guidelines when participating in a Wood Dale Park District program or event or visiting one of our facilities. 

  • Social distancing will be encouraged at all times.
  • Adult participants or guardians in the case of a minor must fill out a symptom checklist prior to participation.
  • In the event a six-foot distance cannot be achieved outdoors, a face cover must be worn. 
  • Face covers must be worn inside facilities in public spaces.
  • There shall be minimal sharing of equipment. 
  • There will be no sharing of personal property.
  • Sanitizer will be available at each venue. 
  • Good handwashing techniques and frequency are encouraged.  
  • Indoor facilities and outdoor restrooms are on a strict cleaning and disinfection regimen.
  • Any individual exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave the facility.
  • Groups may not be greater in size than 50 people.
  • A log of all participants, families, and staff must be taken at each program and facility.
  • Additional program-specific guidelines may be put in place to supplement this information.


COVID-19 Program Participant and Facility Visitor Code of Conduct

  1. All program participants, spectators, and families should be aware of and familiar with the COVID-19 guidelines before participating in an event or visiting an indoor or outdoor venue. 
  2. All program participants, spectators and families, and indoor and outdoor venue users must follow the most recent COVID-19 guidelines and signage when participating in a park district program or visiting an indoor or outdoor venue.
  3. Each patron is responsible for their own personal protective equipment.  
  4. In the event, a patron doesn’t adhere to the specified guidelines they will be given one verbal warning.  If at that time the patron is still not in compliance they may be asked to leave.  If they refuse to leave the authorities will be notified.
  5. The Wood Dale Park District reserves the right to ask anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness to leave a program or venue.                                                    

Click here to view Program and Facility Updates

 

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.