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DeKalb summer camps to start with restrictions on Monday

The DeKalb Park District said that summer day camps will be offered beginning June 1 with major modifications over previous years.

All camps will be housed at the Sports and Recreation Center, 1765 South 4th Street. The facility will be divided into four spaces, allowing for ten campers and two counselors per space. Each of the groups will not interact, with the bulk of social distancing camp activities being performed outdoors in the adjacent Kiwanis Park.

Both staff and campers, as well as the facility, will undergo a rigorous disinfection routine and all individuals are required to wear face masks while indoors and outdoors (when 6 feet or less of physical distancing cannot be maintained). Field trips will not be permitted at this time

“We feel confident that we can safely offer summer camp this season within the guidelines presented by the CDC and IDPH,” stated Superintendent of Recreation, Greg Bruggeman. “Our experienced camp counselors have fun activities planned that still allow for physical distancing, but will still provide that memorable camp experience.”

Phase 3 restrictions do not allow for the opening of dog parks, skate parks, or any playgrounds. June events such as the Municipal Band Concerts, Movies in the Park, and Music at the Mansion are all postponed through June 30th and on hold until further notice. Golf courses have opened driving ranges, putting/chipping greens, and allow foursomes, with expanded cart rental options.

Summer baseball, softball, and t-ball has been canceled. Staff is considering options for an extended fall season if possible. Phase 3 also does not allow for the opening of Hopkins Pool. District officials will continue to evaluate whether or not we will open the pool with modifications if the region moves into Phase 4 sometime in July. Tennis courts at Hopkins Park are now open with restrictions.

To learn more about Summer Camp, to register, or receive details on how to receive either a refund or household credit for canceled summer programs, please visit The DeKalb Park District will also continue to offer a variety of virtual programs, both free and low-cost, in the ‘Virtual Community Center’ portal available on the District website.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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