The Kankakee Valley Park District exists to acquire, develop and maintain parks; promote the conservation of natural and historical resources, and provide recreational facilities, programs, and services for the benefit of all District residents.
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.
We have been waiting for the time to come to announce that we will be reopening some facilities and get back to recreation. While our community and citizens are of the upmost important to us, we want to ensure your health and safety while at our locations, therefore we will continue to follow all guidelines and recommendations from IDPH, DCEO, and the governor of Illinois. Moving to Tier 1, we plan to have the max capacity allowable within facilities and programs. We have listed below the two categories; 1) Meetings/social events/gatherings and 2) Organized group recreational activities, to highlight the restrictions we will be under.
We have taken this opportunity to modify our programs and facilities to ensure as many programs may run under the restrictions safely. We will continue to provide you with outdoor activities and special events, and virtual programming options. Remember our Parks and trails are open.
Bird Park Administrative office is by appointment only at this time. Please call us at 815.939.1311 Monday through Friday between 8:30am- 4:30pm for assistance. Please check on our website for up-to-date information as schedules, facility openings, office hours, etc. may change as needed.
1) Meetings, social events and gatherings (including weddings, funerals, potlucks, etc.)
2) Organized group recreational activities (including sports, but excluding fitness centers*)
*Level 1 No Contact practices, and trainings Only
*Level 2 Intra-team scrimmages allowed, with parental consent for minors; no competitive play
*Level 3 Intra-Conference or Intra-Ems region or intra-League play/meets only: State- or league- championship game/meet allowed for low risk sports only
*Level 4 Tournaments, out of conference/league play, out of state play allowed; championship games allowed
See DCEO sports Safety Guidance for activities in each risk level and risk level current play
• Recreation, fitness center and outdoor activities (not included in the above exposure settings) follow Phase 4 guidance
Rentals for the following buildings may not exceed a capacity of 25.
Goselin, Bird Park, and Jeffers (capacity of 10 only for Jeffers).
Rental of Gym for 1 group of 25 (1/2 gym) or 2 groups of 25 (full gym). *No contact practice, trainings only. No competitive play. Depending on activity planned for gym, specific restrictions may apply. Specific Programming in the gym will return.
Offering classes, special events, and open skate. Maximum capacity for on ice is 50 with groups no larger than 25 and maximum of 25 spectators in the upstairs spectator area. Hockey in groups of 25 with max on ice capacity of 50. Intra-team scrimmages allowed, with parental consent for minors; no competitive play. Locker room availability in the coming days.
Open 7:30 am – 11:00am Monday through Friday for walkers. No more than 25 people at a time, must be 6 feet apart, wear a mask at all times and follow the directions in the room to walk in the same direction. Closed on national holidays, weekends and special events.
For your health and other patrons, please wear a mask and stay 6 ft apart while at any of our facilities.
Governor Pritzker announced Tier 3 mitigations this afternoon. This means all indoor group sports and recreational activities including those at the Rec Center and Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena will be suspended as of 12:01 am, Friday, November 20, 2020. We will not be able to proceed with any rentals of our buildings at this time. While we are deeply saddened that we are unable to provide indoor recreation, we will take this opportunity to provide you with outdoor activities, virtual options, along with our parks and trails remaining open.
Bird Park Administrative office will be by appointment only. Please call us at 815.939.1311 Monday through Friday between 8:30am- 4:30pm for assistance. Check out KSD 111 Facebook page for a listing of their food truck visits to our parks!
Aunt Martha's IGrow program will be hosting an Arts & Crafts Drive-Thru on Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the parking lot infront of Bird Park Playground. They will be providing craft bags for expecting parents and children 3 and younger.
Stay home. Stay safe. Stay well.