Dear Residents and City Recreation Users,
The past few months have been unlike any other in our lifetimes. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic forced enormous changes to our daily lives—from work, to education, to social connections, to errands and to our play.
The pandemic caused tremendous change in City operations, too. One significant change was the closure of our valued Recreation facilities and programs. With the aim to slow the transmission of the virus, the Public Health Orders have prohibited gatherings of people beyond a household living unit, with few exceptions. This severely impacted the Recreation services that the City can provide, and since March, we’ve closed our community centers and halted our classes, sports and childcare programming. Looking to future months, we are still unsure what we will be able to provide. Our programs must be compliant with Public Health Orders, safe for our attendees and providers, and cost-effective for the City to operate.
For now, we are continuing our pause on our Recreation services while we see what is possible. Nearly three-quarters of our services are childcare—particularly around the school year. How public education will be delivered in the 2020/21 school year is still under study and development. Whether and how the City will be able to operate our beloved childcare programs and other Recreation classes under the public health restrictions will be evaluated through the summer. We will provide updates as our future becomes clearer.
We know the effects the closure of our programs have on our program users’ families. We are sorry for the disruption and inconvenience this has caused you. We miss being a part of your and your children’s lives.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in these uncertain times.