Park district clarifies closures

ROCHELLE — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker has issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay at home beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. through April 7.

The statewide order is comprehensive and will impact all aspects of life within Illinois. Persons may only leave their residence for specific, limited reasons. Based on definitions provided by the State of Illinois, park districts are non-essential and therefore, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District office will be closed during this time.


However, the order specifically states that individuals may leave their residences to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking. Therefore, individuals may access all district parks and outdoor recreation areas if they comply with the social distancing requirements defined in the order.

But all playgrounds within the park district boundaries, including KidsGround, are closed as a result of the order. Executive director Jackee Ohlinger said that, while parks and outdoor facilities remain open, notices have been posted on fences or other structures so individuals avoid crowding or gathering in large groups.

That includes the park's dog park, which is open; however, residents are reminded to avoid crowding and to practice social distancing.

All park district programs, leagues and classes through April 7 are closed. Please know that at this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 within Ogle County. Those currently enrolled in programs will receive a prorated credit on their account for any classes affected. Private rentals during this time have also been cancelled. All deposits will be refunded. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 815-562-7813 or e-mail [email protected].

Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider. This remains a dynamic situation and we will update our decisions and recommendations on a regular basis.