Parks. People. Progress.
The Kankakee Valley Park District was established in 1925. The District serves the 36,000 residents of Aroma Park and Kankakee Townships.
It is governed by five elected Park Board of Commissioners, and employs 10
full-time staff and approximately
70 part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers.
April 1, 2020
Due to Governor Pritzker’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, all Kankakee Valley Park District facilities will now be closed until further notice. The parks will remain open for walking, running, and biking. We ask that anyone attending a park location follow the CDC social distancing guidelines as follows:
•Use personal hygiene prior to heading out — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer.
•Do not head out if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
•Observe social distancing of at least six feet from others even when walking, hiking or biking.
•Warn other users of your presence and as you pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
•Note that public restrooms are closed — be prepared before you leave as well as when planning your park visit.
•Bring water or drinks — There are no public drinking fountains
•Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
We are committed to the health and safety of our community and thank you for your continued patience and understanding. For more information about COVID-19, visit the cdc.gov website.
March 31, 2020
Please be advised that people are not honoring, respecting nor following the social distancing rule therefore we are forced to close the Kankakee Valley Park District Basketball Courts and Tennis Courts. We have repeatedly requested and reminded our community of the importance of the governors shelter in place and social distancing.
It is our sincere regret that this has to happen as this is a last resort to assist our community in staying safe and healthy in addition to following the governor's orders of shelter in place.
March 27, 2020
Kankakee Valley Park District continues to temporarily suspend all operations and has closed all facilities, playgrounds, and outdoor fitness equipment until April 7, 2020, with the exception of essential services (baseline maintenance of parks and facilities) in support of Governor Pritzker’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and the Park District is committed to following the state’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus.
In a time like this, it is important to get out and get fresh air. Our parks will remain open to take walks, exercise, and fish per the stay-at-home order issued Friday, March 20, 2020. If you choose to enjoy our parks, the Park District reminds you to follow CDC guidelines which calls for social distancing. The playgrounds are closed until further notice by order of Governor Pritzker's Executive Order 2020-10.
In the meantime, please follow us on social media: visit Facebook for a variety of Do-It-Yourself at home activities to keep having fun and to stay fit.
During this time, if you should need to contact us, please visit www.kvpd.com and click on the “Contact” button on the top of the homepage. We will strive to respond to your inquiries within 24-48 hours during normal business hours, Monday – Friday; 8:30am to 4:30pm. You may also leave a message for us by calling our main phone number at 815-939-1311.
Keep watch for the Summer Brochure as we will be offering something for everyone! We look forward to returning to serving you and your family as soon as possible.
Wishing you good health.
Friday March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued a new Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay at home (with exceptions) from Saturday March 21, 2020 5:00 pm through April 7,2020.
The directive prohibits any gathering larger than 10 people per the CDC. It includes residents from socializing in-person with people outside their homes, even small parties and casual gatherings should not take place. While this is a stay at home order, you may enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking and may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas providing you comply with the Social Distancing Requirements of maintaining a distance of 6 feet as defined in the order.
Per Illinois Executive Order 2020-10, all district playgrounds are closed to public use until further notice.
March 19, 2020
Our first and most important responsibility is to safeguard the health and well-being of our community members, participants and staff. To that end, we will continue to follow the guidance and direct recommendations from our Illinois Health Department and the CDC when considering any cancellations or closures. We will continue to keep in close touch with this department.
Our administrative team has had many conversations on how we will react if or when the virus touches our community. While continuing to do our best to be proactive- including and even greater intensity of daily cleaning of our facilities, there may be situations that will do warrant difficult decisions. Once again, in these cases, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of participants and staff, supported by the latest recommendations and directives from our public health officials.
With all of the schools closing and increased measures throughout the country to proactively limit the spread of the coronavirus, balanced with the CDC’s recommendations regarding social distancing, and not yet social isolation, the Kankakee Valley Park District will be closed to the public until April 5th.
All programs (outdoor and indoor) have been canceled until further notice. Our parks, trails, walking paths and boat launches remain open. Please practice social distancing. While not mandatory but highly recommended remain 6 feet away and with 10 or less people.
Please stay at home when you are sick.
Please keep your children at home if they are sick.
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Please cancel all non-essential meetings.
• Additional cleaning and sanitizing must continue to take place
• Practice social distancing whenever possible
• Limit personal interaction as much as possible.
We will continue to look to the experts in this area for guidance in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. This includes local, State and federal health departments. We gather all of the facts available to us. We follow the direction provided to us. We use our best judgment to provide appropriate service while protecting you, your families and the dedicated staff of the Kankakee Valley Park District.
March 16, 2020
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, mandates and recommendations from the state, Illinois Public Health Department and CDC all our facilities will be closed through March 30th. This includes the Bird Park Administration Office, Rec Center & Ice Valley Centre. The Board Meeting for March 23rd has been cancelled. All administration staff are telecommuting and therefore can return your calls for any future business questions or concerns. Our Maintenance Department staff will be working on a reduced schedule. Please leave your name, phone number and nature of your call. We will call you back. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Stay well.
March 13, 2020
The health and safety of our patrons is our number one priority and this decision was made to help support the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing. Kankakee Valley Park District's Civic Auditorium, Ice Valley and Rec Center will be closed from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22. Kankakee Valley Park District administration facility will be open at this time. Refunds will automatically be given for missed programs and facility rentals during this closure. We are closing as a public health precaution, response to the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to avoid crowds in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Park District will continue to assess conditions and notify the community when programs and operations resume. Information will be emailed and posted to our website and Facebook pages.
We encourage everyone to follow the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health websites for more news and information.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (815) 939-1311.
March 12, 2020
The Health and Safety of our community members is of the utmost importance to us. There are currently no active and/or confirmed cases in Kankakee County however, we have spoken with and will continue to closely monitor information and updates from the KCHD, DPH and the CDC on the situation with the COVID-19 virus. At this time our programs, classes and events are still taking place as planned.
In following the standard recommendations from the CDC and other sources named, we have posted signage in our facilities, recommend staff and patrons stay home if feeling ill, and are following the CDC cleaning guidelines.
More information regarding the COVID-19 can be found at:
Kankakee County Health Department (KCHD) – https://www.kankakeehealth.org/
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) – http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html