Valley Community Center opens with restrictions

Published 7:55 am Tuesday, May 12, 2020

On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced a change to the safer at home order. One of the changes allowed for athletic facilities to open their doors for the first time since the middle of March.

A couple of hours after Ivey announced the change, the Valley Community Center posted on its Facebook that it would be open for the first time since March 17. As of Monday, the center is open to members only.

Starting out, the community center is open Monday through Friday. It will close twice during the day to clean the facility.

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The weight room and the walking track open at 6 a.m. and is open until 11 a.m. before closing for an hour and a half to clean. It will open for two and a half hours before closing again at 3 p.m. to clean. It will open again at 4 p.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. when the center closes for the day.

The pool is open from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

“We’re just slowly doing this, to let people get back in the routine and see how it goes,” Recreation Director Laurie Blount said. “We didn’t want to open and then all of a sudden get so crowded that people got crazy. It’s a weird thing. It’s a learning curve.”

The different workout classes that the Community Center instructs are still open. The times and days are the following:

AM Fit Mix runs from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. It will be held outside.

Noon Bootcamp runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Evening Bootcamp runs from 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday

Dance2Fit runs from 6 p.m. to close on Tuesdays and Thursdays

SilverSneakers Cardio starts at 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

SilverSplash starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

In the weight room, people are instructed to finish their set and wipe down the equipment before another person can use a machine or the free weights. All people must maintain 6 feet of distance as well.

The basketball courts and the athletic fields will remain closed until Ivey announces they are to open.

The showers and the hot tub will also be closed. Water fountains are also closed, but if you have an empty container, the staff will fill the container up according to the Valley Recreation and Parks Department Facebook.

“If she says we can open up earlier, we will, but we don’t want to do anything that will jeopardize people’s health, so we’re going as slow as she’ll let us,” Blount said.