Due to the extension of the stay at home order through April 30th by Governor Pritzker, we will be cancelling all of our in-person programs during this time.  Our facilities will remained closed and will re-open on Monday, May 4th. Kensington Preschool, Grand Avenue Preschool, Historical Society and Jo’s Footwork will also remained closed at this time.  

Summer program registration for residents will begin at 8:30 am on-line.  A couple of staff will be in the office to answer phone calls with any registration questions. If programs need to be cancelled, you will receive a pro-rated or full refund.

Staff will be processing Session 2 refunds the week of April 6th.  We hope to have our Session 3 programs begin running the week of May 4th.  Any classes missed will be pro-rated and refunded.  Should the stay at home order be again extended, refunds for Session 3 would be processed after the session ends.

Staffing in the office will be limited during this time. Emails and messages to the front office staff will be returned when possible.  If you have an urgent matter during this time, contact the Director of Recreation, Aleks Briedis, at or leave a message at 708-246-9070 x425.  He will return your message as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Stay safe!

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Dear Grand Avenue families, thank you for your undying patience, support and understanding in these trying times.  We know many of you are losing jobs and having your own struggles.  Please know that we miss you all.  We will probably never take our jobs and caring for your children for granted again.  Hope to be back in business soon!

Mary, JoAnn and all of our wonderful staff.

In these trying times, Jo’s Footwork Studio will remain caring and giving studio for those in need of dance education. We stand by the Western Springs Recreational Center and abide by the social distancing rules.  Our dance education will continue through online classes until we are told we can resume in the studio. Stay healthy, stay safe! We are all in this together! We appreciate the continued support of the community. 

Jay Fagan

Jo’s Footwork 


The Historical Society will also keep the Water Tower Museum and the Archives located in the Grand Avenue school building closed until May 4.


Due to COVID-19, the Western Springs Recreation Department will be cancelling all activities, programs and rentals starting Monday, March 16th.  We are tentatively slated to resume our programs on Tuesday, April 7th.  Additional information will be distributed prior to that date.

The Recreation Center and Grand Avenue Community Center will be closed to the public during that time.  Kensington Preschool and Grand Avenue Preschool may still be open.  Jo’s Footwork will be closed.  Montessori will be closing on the 17th. They will be sending out their own information. 

The Recreation Center will still be a polling place on Tuesday, March 17th.

The Recreation Department will be answering phone calls and e-mails next week.

During the closure we will be disinfecting and deep cleaning our facilities.


For the safety of our Senior population, we have cancelled all Senior Center programs.

If the Western Springs schools close, we will not have Open Gym at the Recreation Center.

Currently Open Gym will be available over spring break (March 23-27), however we will reassess next week.

We have also moved the polling location in the Recreation Center from the upstairs classrooms to the gymnasium, which has an entrance from the outside.  Election Day is Tuesday, March 17th.


We have received a few questions about the Recreation Department’s response to COVID-19. Please be assured that we are staying current with the situation village wide. The Village’s web site will continually be updated

Currently, the Recreation Department has enacted the following:

We have contacted our cleaning services contractor and instructed them to be extra vigilant with cleaning and disinfecting of our facilities.

Our internal staff is disinfecting touchpoints (door handles, staircase railings, elevator buttons, etc.) multiple times a day.

Additional hand sanitizers for public use have been ordered and will be installed once received.

Encouraging program participants who are sick, not to attend the programs.

Closely monitoring information from the CDC and Cook County Public Health Department and following their guidance:

The Village’s website also has additional information:

If you are uncomfortable participating in our programs, during this time, we will pro-rate refunds to programs and waive the cancellation fee.

We also encourage that the elderly or those with immune system issues should not attend our programs or events, per the CDC.

Thank you and continue washing your hands.