TWINSBURG – The Twinsburg Fitness Center, after nearly three months, has reopened to the public, with limitations in place due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. In addition, the city’s outdoor pool will reopen, with limitations, on June 15.
"Our Fitness Center staff have put numerous measures in place to protect our members and meet the State guidelines for Fitness Center operations," said Mayor Ted Yates. "First couple of days, everything is going well. Attendance is low but we expect that to pick up throughout the summer."
The mayor added that city hall also reopened June 1, and many of the city staff has been recalled.
The fitness center will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; it will be closed from 1 to 3 p.m. for deep cleaning. It will be open noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays. The center will only be open to fitness center members 16 years and older. There will be no guests or drop-ins allowed. Those with a 24/7 pass will have their fee credited to their parks ad recreation account, and members who are 15 years and younger will have their membership frozen.
Those with memberships who wish to return to the fitness center must fill out a form and turn it in; otherwise, memberships will remain frozen.
Several features will be unavailable, including the Kid Park, the Burg Café, Synergy Room, Spinning Room and Party Room. There will be no vending machines, and no aerobic or fitness classes. The training zone will be reduced, and there will be no basketball or sport play on the courts allowed.
The indoor pool will be open for lap swim, therapy and individual exercise.
Water fountains will be limited to the touch-free bottle filling units. Locker and shower facilities will be unavailable. Restrooms and sinks will be open.
For more details, visit www.twinsburgfitness.com/ online.
Yates said that the city is "currently working through all the guidelines" but is planning to open its outdoor pool facility June 15.
"We have been in communication with other community pools," he said. "There will be some restrictions. Those who have passes, we will honor those passes."
The city will allow members to reserve a 2 1/2 hour time slot each day at the pool. Reservations can be made each Saturday starting at noon for the upcoming week. Open swim time slots are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 2 to 4:30 p.m.; or 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Reservations must be made online those wishing to reserve a time must have a Parks and Recreation account.
To make a reservation and create an account, visit https://twinsburg.activityreg.com.
For assistance, call 330-405-5757.
After each reservation time slot, the facility will close for deep cleaning then re-open for the next time slot.
At this time there will be no guests or drop ins allowed. Social distancing is required for those not residing in the same household. Those at the pool not in the same household should stay six feet apart.
The water slide and The Burg will be closed for the summer, and the basketball hoop will be unavailabe. The Banana Bucket tree will remain off to dissuade congregating in that area of the zero depth pool. The Diving Board will be open.
Locker-rooms will be for restroom use only.
For details and pass prices, visit www.mytwinsburg.com/165/Water-Park online.
Twinsburg Community Gardens
The gardens have not been affect by the pandemic and are open for registered gardeners.
Twinsburg Dog Park
The Dog Park is open with current social distancing measures in place.
The three city-owned tennis courts (Chamberlin Park and Birchwood Park) are open with social distancing measures in place. The tennis courts next to the outdoor pool are owned and operated by the Twinsburg School District.
The Pickleball Courts at Glenmeadow Park are open with social distancing measures in place.
All city playgrounds are currently closed until the governor or the Summit County Health Department allows playgrounds to open.
All city basketball courts are currently closed until the governor or the Summit County Health Department allows these courts to open.
All park restrooms remain closed. Currently, the COVID-19 guidelines require the city to clean and sanitize the restrooms every 2 hours which, according to information from the city, is not possible.
Shelter and Community Rentals
Rentals will all be evaluated a month in advance of the booked rental. As of May 27, the guidelines allow for rentals, but with extremely strict regulations. Until these regulations are relaxed, the city will cancel all rentals a month in advance.
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