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COVID-19 Impact on JC Parks Programs and Facilities

Updated Guidelines Beginning May 4, 2020

As a precautionary measure to decrease the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many JC Parks programs and facilities have been suspended. All affected programs and facilities are listed below with current status. This status will be continuously updated to follow guidelines provided by CDC as well as state and local health officials. 

Program managers will continue to update participants of program status as more information regarding the outbreak becomes available. In the case of program cancellation or shortened session length, fees will be refunded or prorated. 

Guidelines for Games & Practices
JC Parks has developed COVID-19 Baseball/Softball Game Guidelines and COVID-19 Baseball/Softball Practice Guidelines for all teams, coaches, players, parents, and fans.  

The intention of JC Parks is to provide the information and guidance necessary to assure and protect the health and safety of everyone involved and mitigate the possible spread of the Corona virus while maintaining the integrity of the game of baseball/softball. We will comply with national, state, and local guidelines, including the Sports Recommended Guidance from the Cole County Health Department which states, “Individual baseball or softball games can be held due to low exposure rate on the field because of the lack of face-to-face contact for prolonged periods of time.”

Parks are still open and fresh air and exercise are good for you. We require that social distancing guidelines be followed. Park staff has increased efforts to sanitize surfaces but we are not able to guarantee safety. 

Facility/Park Status
The Linc* The Linc will reopen May 4 in three phases.
PHASE 1 (beginning May 4): fitness center and track will be open; exercise classes will be offered outdoors only (schedule may be modified).
PHASE 2 (date TBD): basketball courts will open; exercise classes will be offred indoors and/or outdoors.
PHASE 3 (date TBD): regular operations; summer facility hours will resume.

Temporary facility hours beginning May 4
Mon-Thur: 5 am - 1 pm; 4 - 8 pm (facility closed for cleaning 1 - 4 pm)
Fri: 5 am - 1 pm; 4 - 7 pm (facility closed for cleaning 1 - 4 pm)
Sat: 7 am - 12 pm
Sun: 10 am - 2 pm

Day passes have been temporarily suspended.
Physical/social distancing guidelines will be enforced.
No sharing of equipment; equipment will be cleaned and disinfected between each use.

Dates may be extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by further order.
Oak Hills Golf Center The golf course is open for play with restrictions.

As of May 4, the clubhouse, driving range, and practice areas have been reopened. Water coolers and ball washers are not available. 

A complete list of guidelines will be provided when guests check in for their tee times.
Washington Park Ice Arena Closed March 17 - May 31 (Closure will be used to perform ice and facility maintenance that was originally scheduled to occur June 15 - July 12.)
Pools Ellis-Porter Riverside Pool and Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center will open June 5. 
See "Programs" section below for program changes/cancellations.

Temporary facility hours beginning June 5
Sun-Sat: 10 am - 2 pm; 3 - 7 pm (facility closed for cleaning 2 - 3 pm)
  • Admission will be charged for each session
  • Attendance will be limited to 150 guests
  • Above details are subject to change at any time
Playgrounds As of May 4, all JC Parks playgrounds remain closed until further notice.
Restrooms/Water Fountains April 30 update: park restrooms are now open. Water fountains remain closed. 
Outdoor Courts As of May 4, outdoor courts (including basketball, tennis, and pickleball) will be open.
Dog Park As of May 4, dog parks at North Jefferson Recreation Area will be open. 
Baskets @ Disc Golf Courses As of May 4, all disc golf baskets will be open for play.
Programs Status
Baseball-Competitive   Practices began May 11. Games begin June 1. 
Baseball-Little League Practices began May 11. Games begin June 1. 
Baseball-Rec Practices began May 11. Games begin June 1.
Basketball-Summer Competitive Cancelled.
Country Dance Class Cancelled.
Day Camps Will begin June 1 following CDC guidelines.
(Cheer camp at Capital Kids will begin May 26.)
Golf Lessons-Beginning Adult Lessons starting April 1 are postponed.
Golf Lessons-Intermediate Adult Lessons starting March 31 are postponed. 
Hockey - Adult League League is suspended until further notice. 
Hockey - Youth House League March 25-April 22 league has been cancelled. 
Hockey - Learn to Skate Current session will be suspended after 3/16 lesson.
JC Parks Stars Suspended.
Judo/Jujitsu  Modified classes will begin May 4. 
Karate  April and May sessions have been cancelled. Classes will resume in July.
Kickball-Adult Spring League Suspended.
Pickleball Open Play Schedule depends on The Linc hours of operation. 
Pools - Junior Lesson Instructor Cancelled.
Pools - Junior Lifeguard Cancelled.
Pools - Learn to Swim Like a Mermaid Cancelled; may be rescheduled for July.
Pools - Little Splashers Cancelled for June.
Pools - Swim Lessons Swim level testing has been cancelled.
Session 1 (June 15-25) of morning and evening swim lessons has been cancelled. 
Saturaday swim lessons have been cancelled.
Adult swim lessons have been cancelled.
Private lessons are still on as scheduled. 
Skating - Capital Classics Remainder of 2019-2020 season is cancelled for competition and rec teams.
Skating - MOFSC Test Session Currently evaluating scheduled date of April 26. Decision will be made in near future.
Skating - Synchro Prep/Tryouts On as scheduled. Will reevaluate closer to program dates. 
Skating Lessons - Homeschool Mondays Session 5 is cancelled. Three weeks will be credited back to those registered ($30 for class/$15 for power). 
Session 6 has been rescheduled to April 20 - May 18 ($50 for class/$25 for power).
Skating Lessons - Homeschool Thursdays Session 5 is cancelled. Four weeks will be credited back to those registered ($40 for class/$20 for power). 
Session 6 has been rescheduled to April 23 - May 21.
Skating Lessons - Learn to Skate/Advanced Tues & Thurs Session 5 is cancelled. Four weeks will be credited back to those registered ($40 for class/$44 for advanced/$20 for power). 
Session 6 dates remain the same. We will reevaluate in mid-April.
Skating Lessons -Learn to Skate Sat Session 6 is cancelled. 
Softball-Adult Spring League Postponed.
Softball-Rec Practices began May 11. Games begin June 1.
Softball-Youth Spring Competitive Season is canceled, full refunds issued. 
Stars Night Out Suspended.
Start Smart Golf Lessons starting April 13 are still on as scheduled.
Start Smart Soccer Postponed.
Tee-Ball/Coach-Pitch Practices began May 11. Games begin June 1.
Twalkers March, April, May sessions cancelled. 
Volleyball-Adult League Postponed.
Volleyball-Youth League Postponed. 
Walk with Ease March, April, May sessions cancelled.
Special Events Status
MLB Pitch/Hit/Run and Jr. Homerun Derby, April 11 Canceled. They will not be rescheduled in 2020.  Please check back in 2021.
KidsFest, June 6 Cancelled.
Kids Fishing Derby, June 13 Cancelled.

* JC Parks and Lincoln University have decided to temporarily close The Linc effective Tuesday, March 17, starting at 7:00 pm. Credits will be issued to members based on the length of time The Linc is closed.