Crescent Park

Playgrounds at parks such as Crescent Park will re-open in coming weeks, according to the Chicago Park District. Visitors are advised to follow safety guidelines posted on signage as to remain safe during the pandemic. (Review photo)

The lakefront, city playgrounds and indoor aquatics that are managed by the Chicago Park District will re-open soon as the city recovers from the COVID-19 crisis.

The Chicago Park District announced the news on Feb. 23, saying the re-opening process will occur in upcoming weeks.

Public access points to park space east of Lake Shore Drive will re-open as snow removal and clean-up occurs after a long stretch of snow storms. Large gatherings are prohibited, and visitors must socially distance.

The park district also said it is preparing to open over 500 outdoor playgrounds and nature play spaces in coming weeks, and expand outdoor-recreation activities for children 12 years old and younger.

Playgrounds and nature play spaces are not sanitized, but visitors should follow signage installed at each location.

Indoor pools will offer limited programming in the spring. Registration begins March 8, and programs will run from April 5-June 13.

Such amenities have been closed for several months, even as some businesses and city services re-opened.

“We are thrilled that lakefront, playgrounds and indoor aquatics programs can safely reopen,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly, of Morgan Park. “The district is busy preparing these facilities to open as soon as possible. Although these restrictions are being lifted, we must continue to be diligent with the safety protocols that have been instrumental in our progress.”

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