Park District Slowly Adds Fall Activity Plans
By ANNE LUNDE
Journal & Topics Reporter
The Rosemont Park District has officially closed its Lange Park splash pad for the summer and staff is trying to expand its activity offerings for the fall season. That’s difficult when face masks, social distancing, frequent temperature checks and thorough cleaning of facilities and equipment are required between each activity.
Barry Recreation Center and Dunne Park have open gym during their normal hours but no classes.
Lange’s adult and senior ceramics and its clay studio (ages 16 and up) are limited to five people per class so each student has an individual work table. Yoga is being offered for six at a time for those 16 and older.
Keeping rooms and equipment clean for a program like Moms and Tots has led to suggestions on alternating days. A fall activity schedule is being developed and should be available soon.
Some really popular events are probably not going to be the same. The indoor Haunted House is not likely but there are hopes to find a substitute.
At Barry Rec, the splash pad had to be turned off early because mechanical difficulties arose. The repairs had to wait until the travel embargo was lifted so the expert, due later this week, can repair the water pressure.
Other projects approved include removing two dying ash trees by the Lange ball fields and pruning another, a total of $646.
The board passed a resolution in conjunction with a federal option made available to employers this year which would allow it to defer payroll withholding till the end of the year.
Because the park district’s payroll system is handled through the village’s payroll system, the park district will not defer the withholding, to match the decision by the village. Park Director Karen Stephens will work with the district accountant and payroll consultant.