NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week gyms and fitness centers following required safety guidelines can begin to reopen on May 26. In North Olmsted, Mayor Kevin Kennedy said the city’s recreation center will open its doors June 1.
“We’re going to start to reopen the rec center in early June under strict Cuyahoga County Health Department guidelines,” Kennedy said. “We’ll be taking temperatures of both members and employees at the door. We will obviously be cleaning the place every minute of the day.”
More than two months have passed since COVID-19 forced the North Olmsted Recreation Center to close.
During the closure, North Olmsted Rec Commissioner Betsy Drenski has been in contact with other parks and recreation professionals, as well as Gov. DeWine’s task force assigned with reopening gyms and fitness centers.
“We’re excited to be able to bring back a small amount of normal to our patrons,” North Olmsted Rec Commissioner Betsy Drenski said. “We feel we can safely open the fitness area and pools. We’re working now to space equipment, clean and prepare guidelines that will be shared next week.
“The pools will open June 15 and — again — we are working on guidelines for that area. Fitness is an essential tool for many people to stay well. We’re looking forward to being able to offer this again.”
What remains to be seen is how many rec center members return to the facility. One amenity not expected to open until later this summer is the ice rink, which is currently undergoing a $2.2 million renovation project that includes improvement of the roof and building envelope, HVAC and humidification systems, lighting, interior insulation, rink floor, dasher boards and the warming area.
“We look forward to seeing our patrons and staff as everyone has been missed,” Drenski said. “We’ll keep working as we begin to reopen to bring back other programs and facilities safely and as guidelines allow.”
Kennedy added, “We’ll just play it by ear, because we don’t know exactly how it’s going to go. We all just need to take personal responsibility for ourselves, and do what we feel is comfortable for ourselves and families.”
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