2020 Announcements


8/7/2020 - COVID Update 

The PDF document below contains up to date decisions made by the Park Board of Commissioners at various meetings. The document will be updated as new decisions are made.  Information from the Restore Illinois Plan Phase 4 was used as valuable guidance in making decisions.  More general information on the Restore Illinois Guidelines can be found at https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/.

2020.08.07 Decisions.pdf


8/3/2020 – HYA Flag Football

Harrisburg Youth Athletics (HYA) has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Flag Football Season.  Concerns about the health and safety of participants, volunteers, and all community members were at the forefront of the decision.  Also, the recently updated Restore Illinois Phase 4 Youth and Adult Sports Guidance does not allow Flag Football games to be played at this time.  We look forward to providing Flag Football next year and thanks for all the local support to HYA.


7/20/2020 - HYA Baseball/Softball Updates

Harrisburg Youth Athletics (HYA) has come to the difficult decision that we cannot guarantee we will have HYA Travel Teams for the 2021 Baseball/Softball Season.  With the rise in other organization travel teams in our area, we have had a difficult time competing with them to fill our travel team rosters.  HYA does not want to guarantee a travel team and then not have enough players tryout to fill the roster.  This, along with players not fully committing to the HYA Travel Teams, has been an issue lately.  If any travel group would like to remain or form an HYA Affiliated Travel Team for the 2021 Season we would gladly consider that request.  Please contact the park office if you would like more information.


7/18/2020 - COVID Update 

The PDF document below contains up to date decisions made by the Park Board of Commissioners at various meetings. The document will be updated as new decisions are made.  Information from the Restore Illinois Plan Phase 4 was used as valuable guidance in making decisions.  More general information on the Restore Illinois Guidelines can be found at https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/.

2020.07.17 Decisions.pdf


6/29/2020 - Park Pool Update

Bill Trees Memorial Park Pool will continue to remain closed for the 2020 Swim Season. Concerns regarding the health and safety of patrons and employees as well as several operational difficulties to overcome were the basis of the decision making process.  We are disappointed that these measures must be taken, but we want to remind everyone of our commitment to the park pool and we look forward to having the pool open next year.


6/26/2020 - Park Pool Update

Bill Trees Memorial Park Pool will continue to remain closed until further notice. The pool operates under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  At the time of the Special Park Board Meeting on June 26, 2020, the IDPH had not released formal guidance in regards to opening pools to the public during Phase 4. Once the guidance from IDPH becomes available, there will be a Special Park Board Meeting called to make a final decision on the pool.


5/29/2020 - Park Pool Update

Bill Trees Memorial Park Pool will remain closed while our region is in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The pool operates under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  At the time of the Special Park Board Meeting on May 29, 2020, the IDPH had not released formal guidance in regards to opening public pools.  The insurance provider for the park stated not to open the pool until there is guidance from IDPH.  Under Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, groups of 10 or less individuals would be allowed to gather with social distancing and face coverings.  It would be difficult, if not impossible, to operate under these restrictions in a public swimming pool environment.  The opening of the pool will be reassessed if/when there is official guidance from the state/IDPH on safe operation of public pools.


There will be another Special Park Board Meeting on June 26, 2020 (the first day our region can potentially enter into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan) to reassess the Restore Illinois Plan and any updated guidance regarding safely opening public pools