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(Idaho Falls, ID) – The City of Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Department is getting back to business, starting Monday, following the closing of many of their facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wes Deist Aquatic Center, Recreation Center and the Skyline Activity Center will all reopen to the public beginning Monday, June 15.
The Aquatic Center began filling their 300,000 gallon pool on Tuesday and will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Staff will encourage visitors to come dressed to swim, as locker use will be limited due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions. Amenities with commonly touched surfaces, such as the diving boards and slides, will also not be available for the time being.
Lap swimming, swim teams, fitness classes and public swim time will be available starting Monday; however, swimming lessons will not be available Monday but will be scheduled in the future. Use of the pool on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will also be reserved for seniors or others who may be at high risk for COVID-19. The outdoor children’s pool will also remain closed for the time being.
The Recreation Center along Memorial Drive will also be reopening for business Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the facility will be asked to use hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be provided to clean and sanitize equipment after each use.
Patrons will also be asked to maintain as much social distancing as possible and to use face coverings where they are feasible. There will also be restrictions on the numbers of players allowed at the same time in the lobby, racquetball courts, the weight room and the gymnasium. Visitors with signs of illness, or who have been in recent contact with anyone with COVID-19 are asked to not visit the facility.
The Skyline Activity Center will be open for meetings and classes that can maintain social distancing, but not for parties and other recreational events. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on Parks and Recreation facility availability, hours of operations, programs, classes and events, visit www.ifrec.org and sign up for the city’s weekly Discover Idaho Falls online newsletter.
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Media Note: For more information or to arrange an interview with city staff, please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer Bud Cranor at 208-912-8306.