Park District News & Announcements

Wood Dale Park District News Update:





April 30 Update - Closures to Continue through May

Based upon Governor Pritzker’s announcement to extend the Stay-at-Home Order through the end of May, the Wood Dale Park District will be extending the closure of all District facilities through May 30, except for the Salt Creek Golf Club.

Although the Park District is unable to serve our community face-to-face with recreation programs, staff will continue to offer online Virtual Recreation Programming for our community during this time. To check out our offerings, please visit

This extension will impact the Wood Dale Park District in the following ways:

  • All May programs and events are cancelled, and rentals are cancelled or postponed.
  • Salt Creek Golf Club, under the new Order, will be open starting May 1 at 1:00 pm, with strict social distancing guidelines.
  • The Beach Water Park will be closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • As our staff looks to reopen, they will focus on programs and events to best meet the community’s needs, including day camp options, adult fitness, parks, and golf.
  • District parks remain open only for walking, hiking, running, and biking, if park users comply with social distancing requirements.
  • Playgrounds, courts, and fields are closed.
  • District facilities, except for the golf course, will remain closed through May.

We will continue to monitor information from local, state, and national authorities to determine the next steps.

Please be sure to keep an eye on this web page for additional updates.


Effective at 8:00 PM on Friday, March 20:

Following Governor Pritzker’s announcement this afternoon of a statewide “stay at home order”, we wanted to provide an update to our Wood Dale community.

The closure of District facilities will extend to April 7 and all District playgrounds, including the Dog-Friendly Area, will be closed beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm until further notice per Illinois Executive Order 2020-10.

However, please note that District parks remain open for walking, hiking, running, and biking as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements.

We will continue to monitor information from local, state, and national authorities to determine the next steps if we need to extend our closure beyond April 30.

Be sure to keep an eye on this webpage for additional updates.

During this time, our Recreation team will be serving and engaging with the community through Facebook by posting and sharing virtual recreation activities. Check out our Facebook page today at to join the fun!

We look forward to serving you in person again in the near future.

Effective at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 16:

Wood Dale Park District community members,

Based on the rapidly evolving situation of COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials, Wood Dale Park District will be suspending all programs, events, and trips from Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 6. In addition, effective at 7:00 pm CST on Monday, March 16, all facilities will be closed for public access and use, except for parks, playgrounds, and the White Oaks Park Dog-Friendly Area for the same time period or until further notice.

The Wood Dale Park District Recreation Complex, 111 E. Foster Ave., Wood Dale remains a designated polling facility and will be open to voters on Tuesday, March 17 during normal election hours.

 This decision was not made lightly and not without careful examination and consultation with key authorities and our elected officials in Wood Dale. The decisions made and hereby communicated are based on the most current information provided and available from the organizations listed below.   

  • Center for Disease Control
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • DuPage County Health Department
  • Park District Risk Management Association

While the Park District has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are exercising an abundance of caution.

This is an evolving situation and the Wood Dale Park District will continue to provide updates as information becomes available at Please note that this information is subject to change at any point based on new developments.

Please make sure that you place your health and wellbeing, as well as that of your loved ones as your greatest priority. 

Effective at 6:30 PM on Friday, March 13:

All Wood Dale Park District programs, services, and events are suspended through Wednesday, March 18, except for Gymnastics classes held at Gymnastics ETC.  Rainbow Playschool will be suspended until Monday, April 6.

From Monday, March 16 – Wednesday, March 18, the Fitness Center and Walking Track will have modified hours from 5:45 am – 7:00 pm. Salt Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse will remain open during this time. The Wood Dale Park District Recreation Complex remains open as a designated polling place on Tuesday, March 17.

This action is taken as a public health precaution in response to the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to avoid crowds to slow the spread of COVID-19. They also encourage social distancing, avoidance of crowds, respiratory etiquette, and enhanced personal hygiene. We highly encourage these practices in these facilities.

The District will re-evaluate on Wednesday, March 18 and will update the public of the status going forward on the Park District homepage at,, and District social media pages.

This information is effective as of Friday, March 13 at 6:30 PM and is subject to change at any time. For more information visit the District website at


March 12, 2020

Response to COVID-19

The health, safety, and well-being of our staff and customers remains our primary concern. The administrative and management staff of the Wood Dale Park District continues to monitor the news and advisories concerning the coronavirus. Aside from staying in contact with other taxing entities in the area, we are staying abreast of information provided by the following agencies:
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • DuPage County Health Department (DCHD)
  • National Recreation and Park Association

Disinfection of the Public Spaces

Our Parks & Maintenance Team is paying increased attention to cleaning and disinfecting all classrooms, restrooms, eating areas and buses. Anti-bacterial wipes are available at the front desk and at various locations throughout the building, as supplies can be obtained.

Personal Hygiene

Staff & patrons are encouraged to utilize enhanced personal hygiene methods.  We know just how important it is to practice proper hygiene, including following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue and properly dispose of the tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds

We will continue these preventive measures and stand ready to add any others that may be recommended by health professionals in the future.

Remain at home if feeling ill or having symptoms

Staff are being told to stay at home if they are feeling ill or showing any signs of any of the symptoms associated with COVID – 19.  Participants and patrons are also being reminded that if they display any symptoms of the virus including fever, shortness of breath or cough, that it is in everyone’s best interest for them to remain at home as well.

Program Postponements and Cancellations and Facility Closings

Assessment of programs, events and facilities will be done on a per-case basis.  Every effort will be made to contact participants in programs, but cancellation information is also available on Wood Dale Park District Facebook page and on the Park District website at

Part of our job is to provide patrons with quality recreation programs, services, and facilities. At the end of the day, we are all in this together and we are all trying to continue to maintain our daily lives as best we can.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss this more, please contact Kristina Sromek Griffin, Deputy Director of Recreation Services at 630-948-0282.



Wood Dale Park District will assume management and operations of the Golf Entertainment Center, formerly TopGolf, in the Summer of 2020 and anticipates opening in the Fall of 2020.

The Golf Entertainment Center is the placeholder name for the facility until a name is established.  The latest Wood Dale Park District venue will be part of Salt Creek Golf Club and will offer patrons increased golf and social opportunities with exciting amenities. These two venues will work together to provide golf instruction, practice opportunities, and space for community meetings, social and corporate events, and private rentals. Stay tuned and check back for more information and updates!

-Wood Dale Park District

Please view the official press release here.

The Park Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, November 6 where Commissioners voted to approve a lease termination agreement with TopGolf Wood Dale.  As a result of this action, TopGolf will be vacating the facility and the park district will be taking over ownership and management of the driving range and all other amenities (restaurant, bar, etc.) of the facility.  Dates of transition and are still undetermined but we expect to be operational in the Fall of 2020.

As a condition of being the recipient of an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant for assistance in the funding of the second phase of the White Oaks Project, an Archaeological Survey needs to be performed of the site.    This requirement stems from historic preservation legislation relating to public concern for the rapid loss of our prehistoric and historic heritage in the wake of federal and state development.  The purpose of the survey is to determine if prehistoric or historic resources are present.  The survey includes a field investigation of the project area (White Oaks Park).  Please be advised that surveyors are scheduled to perform this work in the last week of March.


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