Duck Creek Quarry Park is now open, but the beach area is open limited hours and primarily for Howard residents with a wristband. Due to very high water levels that have shrunk the usable beach area and larger-than-normal expected crowds resulting from the closure of other local pool facilities, the Village Board voted 5-4 to open Duck Creek Quarry Park with the following conditions:
- The entire park is now open. The beach area will have limited access between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. only. The beach will be closed outside of those hours.
- All beach users over the age of 5, including swimmers, floaters, sun bathers, and picnickers, must have a wristband to enter the beach area. The reusable, customized wristbands are free, good for the entire season, and are available now for residents to pick up at Howard Village Hall.
- A photo I.D. and/or proof of residency is required to pick up a wristband. Village Hall is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Village Hall will be closed Monday, July 6 in observance of Independence Day. Please plan ahead, as wristbands will not be available at the quarry.
- Adult heads of household may pick up wristbands for all members of their family, as well as up to two additional wristbands that may be used to bring resident or non-resident guests. Adult children residing with their parents will only be allowed to pick up one band for themselves. Minor children are unable to pick up wristbands without a parent or legal guardian. Please note: Lost or misplaced wrist bands cannot be replaced.
- The remainder of the park and the trail will be open to all visitors and for all uses, except swimming/floating, during normal park hours. Fishing is allowed throughout the park. Non-motorized boating, paddle boarding, etc. should launch from the dock, and dog swimming also is designated in that area. Those activities are not allowed on or from the swimming beach.
- Please follow the rules, be safe, and enjoy this beautiful resource. Security personnel will be checking for wristbands, patrolling the park, and writing citations for violations.