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The DeKalb Park District has removed swings from playgrounds, nets from volleyball court and put covers on the rims to basketball hoops to discourage violations of the stay at home order issued by governor JB Pritzker in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parks and trails remain open in both Sycamore and DeKalb, but playgrounds, golf courses, sports courts and facilities are closed. Flags have been removed from the golf courses as well and signs are being posted throughout the parks and facilities noting the closure of these amenities.
"We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during this high-stress time of a public health emergency," DeKalb Parks District board president Phil Young said in a statement. "We also know that our parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.”
In a news release the district recommended refraining from using parks or trails if exhibiting signs of illness and following CDC guidelines on personal hygiene. It also said to prepare for water fountains and restrooms to be closed, not to gather in groups of 10 or more, stay 6 feet or more away from other individuals and warn other users on trails of your presence by warning them.
The release also recommended activities to do in the park, suck as kite flying, drawing with chalk on trails, playing catch with a Frisbee or football, going on a scavenger hunt, bike riding, hiking, birdwatching, yoga, photo taking, dog walking, and wildlife observation.
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