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Post Date:05/21/2020 5:24 PM

WESTERVILLE ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE TO REOPEN/RESUME FACILITIES, PROGRAMS

Outdoor Pool to Remain Closed on Franklin County Public Health Recommendation

(WESTERVILLE, OH) -- The City of Westerville Parks & Recreation Department announces its facility reopening schedule in response to recent announcements from Governor DeWine.

Reopening Tuesday, May 26

  • Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts
  • Skate Park
  • Dog Park

Reopening Monday, June 15 with limitations

  • Westerville Community Center

NOT opening for the 2020 season based on the recommendation from Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

  • Highlands Park Aquatic Center

Remaining CLOSED until further notice

  • Westerville Community Center indoor pool
  • Everal Barn
  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball courts
  • Thomas Knox Hockey Rink
  • Hanby Park Splash Pad
  • Senior Center
  • Park Shelters
  • Water Fountains
  • Sports Fields (contact sports)

NEW cancellations for summer programs

  • Summer Day Camps
  • Summer Adult Sports (softball)
  • HPAC Swim Lessons
  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series
  • Lunch Box Music Series
  • Summer Theater
  • Westerville Jazz Series

On Thursday, May 14, Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced a schedule allowing certain parks and recreation facilities to reopen or resume. On Tuesday, May 19, the state’s stay-at-home order was lifted, although the limit for gatherings remains at no more than 10 people.

The difficult decisions to modify, cancel or otherwise close facilities were made based on a number of factors, with public safety guiding all considerations.

“Westerville Parks & Recreation has been planning its schedule for many weeks, carefully considering the implications on the safe management, maintenance as well as budgetary impacts of various programs and activities,” said David Collinsworth, Westerville City Manager. “In the final analysis, the health, safety and welfare of the public and our staff was the preeminent concern.”

The decision to close HPAC for the season was among the most difficult, but guided by the recommendation of FCPH.

The recommendation from FCPH, along with guidelines from ODH, require a number of modifications and practices to minimize risk of COVID-19 contagion and accommodate social distancing. These conditions would require significantly reduced admissions for visitors each day, as much as 82% below capacity. The customer service implications of inequity and access to a public facility is a major factor in the consideration. 

Limited hours of operations would also impact visitors. Administrators also determined a shortened season would not make sense for operations based on pool preparation, staff hiring and training requirements.

While portions of the Westerville Community Center remain under construction, completed portions are expected to reopen with a series of precautions and limitations. The modifications for this facility opening June 15 include: 

  • Temperature checks for all visitors and staff entering the facility
  • Face coverings must be worn by visitors and staff
  • Social distancing will be strictly enforced
  • Facility capacity will be 50% of occupancy
  • No locker storage will be provided; patrons will be required to keep their belongings with them at all times. 
  • Fitness areas will be frequently disinfected (by user) and strictly enforced
  • No games will be allowed in the gymnasium for social distancing compliance. No shared equipment. 
  • Single-file only use on the track for walking and jogging
  • Similar to HPAC, the pool operation is required to meet ODH mandates and guidelines, as well as FCPH restrictions.The pool will remain closed until approval of license/permits issued by FCPH.
  • Remaining closed at the Community Center: childcare (Sprout’s wait room); locker rooms; playground; water fountains, climbing wall; adventure play; social and common areas.

The City will keep the following facilities closed under social distancing requirements as it relates to group events, programs and sports. Other programs and classes will be evaluated every two weeks. 

  • Everal Barn
  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball courts
  • Thomas Knox Hockey Rink
  • Hanby Park Splash Pad
  • Senior Center
  • Park Shelters
  • Water Fountains
  • Sports Fields (contact sports)

Lastly, these programs/events cannot comply with the social distancing guidelines and requirements, so they are canceled for the 2020 season.

  • Summer Day Camps
  • Summer Adult Sports (Softball)
  • HPAC Swim Lessons
  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series
  • Lunch Box Music Series
  • Summer Theater
  • Westerville Jazz Series

Future announcements and schedules will be announced on the City website: www.westerville.org. 





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