The Town of Normal is adjusting its summer events schedule and closing public pools due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Both Fairview Family Aquatic Center and Anderson Aquatic Center will be closed for the duration of the summer. Season Pool Passholders will receive a communication from the Town outlining their options. All swimming related programs will be canceled as well.
“Since last summer, we have invested time and resources in getting ready for our 2020 season. This pandemic has presented risk factors and uncertainty, causing us to make the difficult decision to delay opening our aquatic centers until Spring 2021. In the current environment, we cannot see a way to open in a cost effective, friendly, safe, and healthy way,” said Doug Damery, Director of Parks & Recreation. “This is one of our favorite times of the year, but our main priority is the safety of our patrons so we must forego an aquatic program this summer.”
Plans for the Town’s annual Fourth of July celebration and Sky Concert fireworks display have been canceled, although parks will remain open. Residents are encouraged to use the recommended social distancing and personal hygiene practices outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Playgrounds will remain closed.
Concerts that were scheduled for the Uptown Circle and Connie Link Amphitheatre will be canceled through July. Uptown Normal will not host any festivals in June or July, including Make Music Normal and the Sugar Creek Arts Festival which is an annual fundraiser for the McLean County Arts Center.
“While we are sad to cancel our traditional Sugar Creek Arts Festival, in its place we are looking to present a one-day virtual event on Saturday, July 11 with direct links to participating artists’ websites,” said Doug Johnson, MCAC Executive Director. “We will share updated information very soon.”
The Children’s Discovery Museum will remain closed for general admission through July, or until large groups are permitted to gather but limited camp programs will be available, and the Museum Store remains open with a full inventory of educational toys and games available for curbside pickup. Proceeds from store sales support the Museum’s mission to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. CDM memberships will be extended once the Museum reopens.
“We are hard at work developing new ways to safely reach our families with playful learning,” said Beth Whisman, Director of Cultural Arts and the Children’s Discovery Museum. “We plan to keep fundraising for our new exhibit and free outreach for kids this summer. We hope the community will support our efforts and look for a reimagined Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Fest fundraiser in July.”
Limited registration for all summer programs with the Town of Normal will continue, but program sizes and schedules are subject to change according to the state guidelines for reopening. Updates will be posted on www.normalparks.org and www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net, as well as social media posts for Parks & Recreation and the Children’s Discovery Museum.