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Manteno preps community summer hot spots for time to ‘flip the switch’ on COVID-19

Residents of the Village of Manteno are looking forward to some of their favorite village spots opening up for the summer

On Monday night, the Village of Manteno announced community hotspots like the jump pillow, splash pad, and fountain are being prepared, however, they’re not accessible just yet due to COVID-19 precautions put forth by the State of Illinois.

“We’ve been getting several calls at Village Hall about the jumping pillow and the splash pad and the fountain. Obviously, with the restrictions the state has put on us, we have no immediate plans of opening that until it becomes safe to do so.” Village Administrator Chris LaRocque said Monday night. “

Mayor Tim Nugent added you’ll probably see them working on the areas, but it doesn’t mean they’re accessible yet. “We will be working on all of that making sure that the day we get the clearance we go ahead and flip the switch and get all those things going.”

“It’s unfortunate, I think everybody was obviously looking forward to that, but until the rules change, they’ll remain dormant. We do have them all ready to go if we ever get that order but for now, to keep everyone safe, they’re going to remain closed.” LaRocque said during Monday’s meeting.

Playgrounds in Manteno remain closed across Illinois due to IDPH precautionary measures.

“People go by they’ll see we have put the coverings, the blue coverings over the top of the jump pillow. They are working on the fountain to get that operational and we might be testing it out just to make sure everything’s working. But just because we’re doing that it’s not going to be going on until we get the clearance from the state. I suspect it’s going to be the whole month of June. We’ll see what happens at the end of June.” Mayor Nugent said Monday.  

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