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COVID-19 Response and Precautions


Updated: 4/1/20

The Rock Island County Forest Preserve District is closely monitoring the developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Illinois and around the world, keeping the safety of our staff and park visitors top-of-mind.
 
At this time, here are the steps we are taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is a fluid situation, so please check back for updates in the coming weeks. 
 
Effective immediately, no organized events or programs hosted by the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District will take place until further notice.  
 
We ask that you not visit any of our parks if you are experiencing, or you have been exposed to someone experiencing, symptoms such as cough, sore throat, fatigue, fever, shortness of breath, etc.  
 
Should you choose to visit our parks, we urge you to follow all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and state officials.

The Forest Preserve Office located at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve is currently closed to the public. If you need to contact District staff, we highly encourage phone calls or emails rather than in-person contact or appointments. You can find our staff directory here.
 
Loud Thunder, Illiniwek, Dorrance Park and Martin Conservation Area
Trails at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Martin Conservation Area and Dorrance Park will remain open weather pending. For status of trail closures you can visit the Loud Thunder or Illiniwek Facebook pages, or call us at Loud Thunder (309-795-1040) or at Illiniwek (309-203-1404).

Here are a few steps trail users can take to practice social distancing:
  • Do not use trails if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above
  • Wash hands prior to heading to the trails, bring hand sanitizer with you on the trails
  • Follow the CDC’s recommended social distancing of six feet from other people when walking, hiking or biking in our parks.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence – when you pass allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass 
  • Bring water – public drinking fountains are NOT recommended at this time
  • Do not leave any trash or personal items behind in the park – please take them with you to protect our staff
Playgrounds are closed at all parks until further notice.

Due to Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" executive order 2020-10 issued on March 20, 2020, then "stay at home order extension" executive order 2020-18 issued April 1, 2020, the opening of camping season will be postponed until May 1, weather pending. 

Indian Bluff Golf Course
Due to Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" executive order 2020-10 issued on March 20, then "stay at home order extension" executive order 2020-18 issued April 1, 2020, Indian Bluff Golf Course will be closed until May 1, 2020. If changes occur, this web page as well as the Indian Bluff Facebook page will be updated.
 
Niabi Zoo
For most recent COVID-19 updates from Niabi Zoo, please visit, www.NiabiZoo.com/coronaresponse.
 
Thank you for your continued support of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District! We will keep this page updated with developments as they are available.