7-01-2020:
As of Monday, June 29, our building, including our fitness center and gymnasium, is back open to the public.  Kickboxing will resume on Mondays only starting August 3.  Childcare will return on July 6th with increased safety precautions.  In following the stage 4 guidelines, we ask that anyone who enters the building to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.  This situation is ever evolving, and we understand that things can change at any time.  With that being said, we are moving forward slowly with offering fewer special events, programs, and trips than normal.  This link is filled with some of the exciting activities that we have planned for the remainder of the Summer and Fall.

6-26-2020:
Our playgrounds are now officially open today.  Our Community Center, including our Fitness Center, will be re-opening on Monday, June 29, following stage 4 guidelines under the Restore Illinois plan.  We are looking forward to being able to offer classes, programs, and trips again very soon.

5-27-2020:
In cooperation with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, The Godley Park District has made the appropriate changes to operations in accordance to Phase 2 & 3-Recovery. We are monitoring the progress as we move through these phases and we are prepared to adjust our operations plan as we get closer to Phase 4-Recovery.  As of today, May 27th 2020 our buildings are still closed and will remain closed until we are in the correct phase to reopen.  In accordance with the Restore Illinois plan, we are currently examining how we can safely re-open our programs and facilities to best meet the community’s needs. This includes daycare for essential workers, resident andsenior lunches, programs, fitness center, indoor recreation and our summer camps. Unfortunately, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions regarding all aspects of regular day to day operations. On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Godley Park District, thank you for your patience and understanding. We consider it a privilege to serve you. From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of the Godley Park District’s members and patrons has been at the forefront of all our decisions. The District has followed the recommendations provided by Federal, State and local agencies,such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health   We are all anxiously awaiting the time when you can visit the Community Center again, work out in the Fitness Center, participate in our programs, and play on the playgrounds. When that time comes, we will be here, and ready to provide you with memorable experiences in parks and recreation. Our staff and Board of Park Commissioners is prepared to make the appropriate changes as we get closer to Phase 4-Recovery. We will continue to keep you as informed as possible. We appreciate your patience and hope to see you soon. This very fluid situation requires constant monitoring. These plans are based on current guidelines, and as we have seen in the previous weeks and months can change rather quickly. We will continue to provide you with any and all updated information as soon as we have it.

Below are some answers to what may be some questions that will arise over the next weeks and months.  

Fitness Center: The fitness center will continue with suspended operations. The Phase 3-Recovery of the Restore Illinois Plan specifically states fitness operations are limited to one-on-one training and outdoor classes.

Playgrounds: Playgrounds will remain closed until we are in the correct Phase of Restore Illinois and following the CDC and Health Department guidelines.

Trips and Programs:  At this time, we are not taking any day trips which include lunch out an about, sporting events or casino trips.  Our Summer Country Fair with fireworks has been canceled along with our annual fishing derby.  As we move though the Phases of Restore Illinois our recreation staff will be working on getting trips and programs back up and running.  Once we know we are able to begin such programing we will be mailing out a condensed version of our District Program Brochure.  For any questions on trips and senior activities please contact Angie at angie@godleypark.com or 815-693-5462.  If you have questions on a youth program or a question on rentals please contact Christine at christine@godleypark.com   Please note this may adjust based on how the Restore Illinois Plan progresses.  

Summer Camp/Childcare:  At this time, we look to move forward with a plan to have camp begin on July 6th 2020. The Godley Park District wants to conduct the summer program as we have in the past but understands that camp will undoubtedly be very different this year. Social distancing, limited activities with social interactions and the removal of field trips are the start of how camp will change.  All child care and summer camp families will be contacted by Jill the week of June 1 to ensure continuation of services.  Since our child care center is required to run with a reduced number of children, priority will be given to those families currently enrolled and children of essential workers.  All other available spots will be given to families in order of registration confirmation and inquiry.  Any families interested in spots available should call or email Jill at 815-919-8008 or jill@godleypark.com. In person registration dates will be the week of June 22 with an appointment only. 

4-28-2020: Due to the extension of Governor Pritzker’s ‘stay-at-home’ order, our facilities will remain closed through May, tentatively returning back to normal operations on June 1st. All programs, trips, special events, and facility rentals have also been cancelled through May. We look forward to once again being able to offer great events later this Summer and in the Fall. As a reminder: our playgrounds, the gazebo, and pavilions are all currently closed; however, anyone is more than welcome to make use of our walking path or fish the pond as long as they are practicing recommended social distancing. While this extension is a bummer, we look forward to the days when we can see you all again. In the meantime, join us on Facebook every week day morning at 10:00am for a fun morning activity with Miss Jill or one of our daycare teachers.

4-7-2020: Refund checks have been issued for all cancelled classes, programs, and trips.
You should see them in the mail shortly.

3-31-2020: Due to the Governor's 'Stay at home' order being extended through April, our building closure will also be extended through April.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated as much as we can with this ever changing situation.

Bunny Breakfast & Annual Egg Hunt CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

3-22-2020: As mandated by Governor Pritzker, the Godley Park District staff will be complying with the 'stay at home' order.  Communication to our patrons will be limited during this time, please be patient as we all do or part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
Check back frequently for updates on our website and Facebook.

3-21-2020:  As mandated by Governor Pritzker, the Godley Park District  playgrounds are closed as well as the outdoor basketball court.

Check back frequently for updates on our website and facebook.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

3-16-2020:  The health and safety of Godley residents and our users in nearby Villages and Cities is of the utmost importance to the Godley Park District.

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, effective end of day Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, all Godley Park District facilities will be closed and all programs as well as rentals will be cancelled. While we understand the disappointment these closures will cause, we believe this is a proactive decision to protect the health and well-being of our community.

Please be patient as our great staff works through this process.

We will provide updates as we have them, and we look forward to seeing you again at the Godley Park District.

For more information, Please check our website and Facebook page.  www.godleypark.com

Building Closed March 17 - March 30

Bunny Breakfast & Annual Egg Hunt CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

4/28/2020:
Due to the extension of Governor Pritzker’s ‘stay-at-home’ order, our facilities will remain closed through May, tentatively returning back to normal operations on June 1st. All programs, trips, special events, and facility rentals have also been cancelled through May. We look forward to once again being able to offer great events later this Summer and in the Fall. As a reminder: our playgrounds, the gazebo, and pavilions are all currently closed; however, anyone is more than welcome to make use of our walking path or fish the pond as long as they are practicing recommended social distancing. While this extension is a bummer, we look forward to the days when we can see you all again. In the meantime, join us on Facebook every week day morning at 10:00am for a fun morning activity with Miss Jill or one of our daycare teachers.

4/15/2020:
Legal Notice - Tentative Budget

3/31/2020:
Due to the Governor's 'Stay at home' order being extended through April, our building closure will also be extended through April.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated as much as we can with this ever changing situation.

3/21/2020:
As mandated by Governor Pritzker, the Godley Park District  playgrounds are closed as well as the outdoor basketball court.

Check back frequently for updates on our website and facebook.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

(3/13/2020) Memo regarding Covid-19:
Each day brings new information regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The purpose of this communication is to let our residents know that the Godley Park District is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) relative to the current situation. For the time being, we are focused on ensuring that our staff and patrons are aware and take preventative measures to protect themselves from getting sick or stop the potential spread of illness to others.

Regarding cleaning and maintenance of Park District facilities, current guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health states, “At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness.” We follow standard processes for routine cleaning and disinfecting and are taking efforts to be even more vigilant than ever during these challenging times.

Please help prevent the spread of germs by practicing good hygiene. If you or any members of your family become ill, please stay home and do not participate in Park District programs or visit our facilities until you are well. As always, particularly at the Park District fitness center, the wiping down of exercise equipment after use is strongly encouraged and welcomed. Additionally, if you become aware of a “housekeeping” matter that requires attention, please contact a staff member. The CDC recommends taking the following measures, which are similar to those used to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The Godley Park District strongly encourages anyone who suspects they may have the coronavirus to contact a medical professional

 

Emergency Closing information: In the event of severe weather, the closing of our building or cancellation of programs or events will be published on our website and our Facebook pageBuilding closing information will also be aired on the following radio stations: WCSJ 95.7 FM in Morris WCCQ 98.3 FM in Joliet Star 96.7 FM in Joliet Q-Rock 100.7 in Joliet WJOL 1340 AM in Joliet

GPD in the Morris Herald News for Melissa's Closet & Crystal's Jewelry Box Godley Park District was once again the host site for Melissa's Closet & Crystal's Jewelry Box.  There was such a great turnout this year, and we are proud to be part of the event.

Working Together! Exciting news about the Godley Route 66 Mining Museum!  Together with the help of the Board of Commissioners from the Village, Park District, and the Museum Curator, Monica Mack, updates and improvements were made to the museum.  Stop by and explore the museum while enjoying the new improvements.  You'll  find signs donated by Route 66 Scenic  Byways, a bench for relaxing, plants, shrubs, and trees.  We were able to install sidewalks that are ADA accessible and make drainage improvements around the museum to prevent future flooding.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this project a reality.  Because of you, future generations will be able to experience the history of Godley and the mining industry.

Godley Cookbook

Looking for a great Christmas gift? Godley Park District’s cookbook is now on sale! Books are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Godley Park District Animals.

 

july 2020

16jul(jul 16)10:30 am(jul 16)10:30 amGodley Resident Luncheon

22jul(jul 22)10:30 am(jul 22)10:30 amLunch Out & About

 

Proud sponsors of our special events:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Sistek Sales
Pepsi
Godley Public Water District
Holohan Heating & Sheet Metal
Shopwerks Inc.
Exelon Corporation
Countywide Plumbing
A & J Signs
Bedford Sales
South Wilmington Sportsmen’s Club
Brant Excavating
MG2A
Jon’s Bait Shop
Underground Pipe & Valve
MJS Communications

 

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