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Elk Grove officials announce cancellation of Play, Picnic & Party event

Collaborative family event scheduled for July and hosted by Village, Park District and Library cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Post Date:05/11/2020 4:00 PM

Officials from Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Park District and the Elk Grove Village Public Library today announced the cancellation of the Play, Picnic & Party event that was scheduled for Sunday, July 19.  Officials cited ongoing concerns over large public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic as the primary reason for the cancellation.

“We would like nothing more than to bring Elk Grove families and kids together for a day of fun activities.  We are all looking forward to the day when we can gather safely.  But, unfortunately, we are not there yet.  We will get there in the months to come, but it is just too soon to begin hosting large scale events,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson.

The event traditionally has featured live music and recreational activities for kids and adults alike.  However, because large public gatherings could contribute to the spread of the disease, officials said safety must guide decisions about future events.

“When planning any family event, the health and safety of all participants is always the top priority,” said Elk Grove Park District Board President John Waltz.  “We’re all very disappointed to have to cancel the event, but we made the decision with the health and wellbeing of the community we serve first and foremost on our minds.”

The annual family event which has taken place in Elk Grove Village annually since 2016 will resume in the summer of 2021.

“It saddens us to have to put this year’s event off because we know it will disappoint so many kids and families who come out to enjoy the festivities,” said TR Johnson, Elk Grove Village Public Library Board President.  “As soon as we are able, we will turn our focus toward making sure the 2021 edition of Play, Picnic & Party is the best one yet.”

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