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Splash Pads open in Bourbonnais, Manteno, and Frankfort

Area Splash Pads in Bourbonnais, Manteno and Frankfort are now open to the public.  

All three opened this past Monday.

“Today we opened up the Splash Pad at Legacy Park, and also the Fountain on the Square.  It was after a lot of investigation through the Village Administrator talking to people with the State,” Manteno Mayor Tim Nugent said on Monday night.  “Making sure we could conform to the guidelines and the criteria that were established by the State of Illinois to be able to allow that.  We also coordinated with the Bourbonnais Township Park District, they opened up their Splash Pad today also at Diamond Point, so we did it in conjunction.”

Residents must follow CDC guidelines when in attendance.

Some area playgrounds reopened across Illinois on June 26th, with the exception of Chicago.  Chicago Park District CEO Mike Kelly told NPR last month, “With 600 playgrounds in Chicago, it’s just impossible for us.  It’s very hard to social distance in a playground.”

“If everything stays, fine, those two facilities will continue to be operating from 10 o’clock in the morning to 10 o’clock at night, unless something comes down from the State that says we can’t do that,” Mayor Nugent said Monday.

The Bourbonnais Splash Pad at Diamond Point Park will be opened from 10 a.m. to dusk daily.  In Frankfort, the Splash Pad runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  Residents in Frankfort are charged $2 for residents at $4 for nonresidents.

CDC Health guidelines at the pads include:

  • No more than 50 people allowed at one time
  • Face coverings must be worn when not engaging in water activities
  • Adhere to social distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when possible.

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