Techny Prairie Activity Center is opening January 1, using a reservation system and following COVID-19 Tier 3 mitigations.
Following is information for operating procedures with current restrictions.
The Northbrook Park District continues to closely monitor guidelines and orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Illinois (State) to make determinations to provide recreation opportunities and facilities to the community with modifications. We highly encourage these practices for programs, facilities and park use. Click here for the District’s COVID-19 protocols.
In order to track building capacity, reservations are needed to enter the facility. Use the instructions below to make a reservation for working out, walking the track, using the gym or touring the facility. If you need assistance, contact us at 847-897-6180.
Instructions for fitness floor and track reservations
Instructions for open pickleball reservations
Instructions for open gym reservations
Instructions for tour reservations
All employees, members, and participants visiting TPAC for any reason are required to conduct a self-assessment and should not attend a program or visit a facility if the individual:
- Is ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
- Has been in close contact* with anyone who has been exposed to, tested positive for, been diagnosed with or is suspected to have COVID-19
- Has tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been cleared to return
Reporting exposure to COVID-19 to the TPAC customer service representatives is a critical step to maintaining a healthy environment. Members and participants should report if they have received a diagnosis, are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact* to someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
*NOTE: Close Contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15-minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
As the Northbrook Park District prepares for opening TPAC, our top priority is providing a facility for members and staff that follows disinfection and sanitation best practices. In addition to the standard practices for businesses such as training employees, providing barriers at customer service desks, cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, and the availability of hand sanitizing stations, TPAC will also have the following procedures in place:
- A building design that meets the recommended CDC guidelines for increased ventilation and filtration.
- An Electrostatic Sprayer will be utilized daily to coat non-porous surfaces and hard-to-clean locations in member locker rooms, fitness floor, group exercise studios and throughout the facility.
- An online reservation system for the indoor track and fitness floor used to control the total number of building occupants at any given time while following the current State of Illinois guidelines.
- All employees will be trained with up-to-date protocols for cleaning and operations as defined by the CDC and State of Illinois.
Participation Plan for Fitness Floor, Stretching Area, Fitness Classes and Indoor Track
Though guidelines may change and adaptations may be required, procedures will include the following for members and employees while utilizing the fitness floor, stretching area, group fitness studios and indoor track. Changes will be communicated to members via email and updates to the website.
All Members and Guests
- Utilize the reservation system (available in December) to ensure the proper number of occupants at any given time.
- Arrive at the facility dressed and ready to work out, to minimize locker room use. Locker rooms will be accessible however showers will not be available.
- Limit personal belongings brought into TPAC and utilize lockers. Locker use is required for personal items other than phones and specific items needed to complete a workout.
- Check in at the fitness service desk upon arrival to the facility.
- Wear face coverings over the nose and mouth including while exercising. Exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering.
- Follow the physical distancing signage, designed to guide members and guests safely through the space.
- Utilize gym wipes and cleaning supplies readily available throughout the facility, disinfecting equipment and areas before and after use.
- Refrain from sharing equipment unless sharing with someone from your household.
As of November 20, the Illinois COVID19 Tier 3 mitigations prohibit in-person group fitness classes. However, options are available including:
Fitness on Demand
Fitness On Demand™ delivers high-quality livestream and recorded group fitness options to TPAC members, both onsite and on the go. This exciting option is included with TPAC membership (some exclusions apply). Click here for more information or email TPAC Supervisor Rachel Tandy at email@example.com to get started today.
Specialty Classes and Programs
The Winter Recreation Guide, scheduled to be released at nbparks.org in December, will include virtual options of specialty classes and programs. These classes will be offered to both TPAC members and non-members.
Fitness-To-Go: Coming Soon
Fitness-To-Go is a lending program for small fitness equipment such as hand weights and exercise bands for use at home. TPAC members will be notified when equipment is available for their virtual class. If additional equipment is available, non-members can also utilize the lending system when they are registered for a specialty class or program. Email TPAC Supervisor Meri Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The 6,000 square foot fitness floor has ample space to allow for physical distancing from others during workouts. In addition to the procedures noted in the All Members and Guests section, the following will be in place for the Fitness Floor.
- Select cardio and strength equipment may be marked as “Not In Use” to allow for physical distancing and sanitization.
- Smaller fitness accessories such as mats, balls and bands will be available for checkout and should be returned to a Member Associate after use for sanitization.
- Aisles between cardio equipment were designed to be 5 feet wide, allowing more than 6 feet between members when actively exercising. Final placement of equipment prior to opening will follow all guidelines for fitness facilities, minimizing direct or indirect contact of members.
- Cleaning supply stations will be available in convenient locations throughout the fitness floor for ongoing member use.