PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT NEWS

MPRD COVID-19 UPDATE - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

4/1/2020

Dear MPRD Family,

We wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update and some valuable information about the COVID-19.  As it relates to MPRD specifically, we offer the following updates:

• The Annual Egg Hunt, Sponsored by Dominos has been cancelled this year.
• Adult fitness classes, Adult Open Gym Basketball and Wee Love Music programming has been suspended through April 30.
• Indoor/outdoor facility rentals are cancelled through April 30.
• The Youth Volleyball Clinic has been postponed.

• Staff is working on alternative schedules for tball, baseball and softball, at this time no decision has been made on these programs.
• Parks will remain open, but playgrounds are closed, please practice social distancing per the CDC guidelines.

A number of our adult fitness instructors are offering virtual classes during this time, we encourage you to check them out!

Our office will remain open to the public, but in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we encourage our customers to use email and phone communication as much as possible to conduct business with MPRD. We also encourage customers who have program registrations to either register online, mail in your payment/form or use our drop box at the front of our office at 218 S Lake of the Woods Road.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience regarding this matter. We are committed to providing the best service possible for our participants and staff.

Do you have questions and concerns about coronavirus Covid-19? Please visit these helpful links to stay informed:

Champaign County Public Health: http://www.champcoprepares.com/

Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/…/diseases-and-conditions/disea…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

  

MPRD Update 3.23.2020 - Monday, March 23, 2020

Although our MPRD offices and playgrounds are closed, admin staff are working remotely to serve you as best as possible and our parks are open and operating. As always parks are good for your health! Please follow the social distancing guidelines!
 
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Mahomet Parks Are Open! - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mahomet Parks Are Open!

 

Guidelines are rapidly changing as it relates to COVID-19 and how it affects our lives every day. It is important to remain informed and follow the directives and guidelines as they continue to update and change. 

 

Numerous closures have occurred in local park and recreation programs and facilities in Mahomet. These are outlined on the respective websites of the Village of Mahomet Parks and Recreation Department, mahometrecreation.com, and the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, ccfpd.org. While all gatherings, events and programs have been suspended, currently the local Mahomet parks, preserves, multipurpose pathways and trails remain open. Per the CDC guidelines, while visiting the parks social distancing is not only encouraged but expected.

 

"We encourage practicing social distance guidelines set forth by local, state and federal agencies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stay indoors. In fact, spending time outside is a great way to strengthen your immune system and ease the stress that we’re all feeling right now," says Dan Waldinger, Park and Recreation Director. “Our local parks and path system are open and a great option, but even spending time in the yard, shooting hoops in the driveway or biking in your neighborhood are simple things that can positively impact your mental and physical well-being”.

 

“We’ve received so many positive comments from individuals who are happy to see that the Forest Preserve District trails and natural areas are open and available. We’re all feeling the need for fresh air, sunshine, and connection with nature – now more than ever,” added Mary Ellen Wuellner, executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

 

It’s important to note that research shows, the exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical well-being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

 

Sited sources of health benefits of parks:

https://time.com/5539942/green-space-health-wellness/

 

https://www.childrenandnature.org/2020/03/16/10-nature-activities-to-help-get-your-family-through-the-pandemic/?mc_cid=831655f09b&mc_eid=2220193a18

 

https://www.nrpa.org/blog/keeping-a-safe-social-distance-in-parks-and-on-trails-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

 

COVID-19 Public Health Information:

Champaign County Public Health: http://www.champcoprepares.com/

 

Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 

Mahometrecreation.com
ccfpd.org

MPRD COVID-19 UPDATE - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/16/2020

Dear MPRD Family,

We wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update and some valuable information about the COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation and we are taking direction from our State and County public health officials along with the CDC. As it relates to MPRD specifically, we offer the following updates:

• The Annual Egg Hunt, Sponsored by Dominos has been cancelled this year.
• Adult fitness classes, Adult Open Gym Basketball and Wee Love Music programming has been suspended through April 17.
• Indoor/outdoor facility rentals are cancelled through April 17.
• The Youth Volleyball Clinic has been postponed.
• All other programs are being assessed and as more information becomes available, we will make announcements as promptly as possible.
• Parks will remain open, please practice social distancing per the CDC guidelines.

Participants involved in the affected programs will be contacted via email regarding refunds/credits/etc. due to our cancellation or postponement per program.

Our office will remain open to the public, but in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we encourage our customers to use email and phone communication as much as possible to conduct business with MPRD. We also encourage customers who have program registrations to either register online, mail in your payment/form or use our drop box at the front of our office at 218 S Lake of the Woods Road.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience regarding this matter. We are committed to providing the best service possible for our participants and staff.

Do you have questions and concerns about coronavirus Covid-19? Please visit these helpful links to stay informed:

Champaign County Public Health: http://www.champcoprepares.com/

Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/…/diseases-and-conditions/disea…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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