Eugene Rec COVID-19 Updates
Updated July 23, 2020
Based on the Governors orders, beginning July 24, the following new mask requirements will apply to City of Eugene Recreation Programs:
- Face coverings will be required for all Oregonians ages five and up in indoor public spaces and outdoors when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
- Face coverings will be required even in cases of physical exertion indoors, and outdoors when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
For current information visit GetRec.org/pools.
Adult, Senior and Adaptive Programs
Limited Adult, Senior and Adaptive programs are being offered. Vulnerable populations to COVID-19 are encouraged to follow OHA and CDC guidelines for people who are high-risk. You can register online, by phone and there is a limited in-person option as well. Activities are available to view at GetRec.org/explore.
Youth & Family Programs
Limited programs are being offered. Check to see what is available on our online registration website.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued different sets of guidelines for private indoor gatherings (i.e. a dinner party in a private home) vs. indoor event venues including restaurants, churches and rental facilities like Eugene Rec’s. While indoor gatherings at private homes are limited to 10 people, event venues are allowed up to 100 people as long as safe operating procedures are followed.
We take safety precautions very seriously in our rental facilities and are requiring rental patrons to follow all public health guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including:
- Limiting the number of people allowed within the facility based on the size of the room/facility to ensure at least six feet of distancing between people;
- Requiring all participants to adhere to distancing and mask wearing requirements, both inside and outside;
- An on-site rental coordinator monitors all behaviors and ensures guidelines are followed by the rental group
- Individuals entering the facility must confirm they have not recently experienced symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to COVID-19
- A roster of all individuals within the facility is kept in the event that contact tracing is necessary
- Rentals are closed down if safety guidelines are not followed.
Update June 10, 2020
NEW - Participant Cards Required
We are now requiring all participants to register for a free participant card before activity registration. The card will allow you to quickly and easily check in when you arrive at Rec programs and activities – similar to the pool pass we have offered for years. It takes just a minute to register, is free and does not require any additional personal information.
Using the participant card will help to free up staff time and resources for more programming, as logging attendance was previously a manual, time-intensive process for staff.
The participant card is unrelated to COVID-19, but it does allow us to inform you if we learn that you have been in a program or activity with someone who has fallen ill. If a program participant or Lane County Public Health lets us know that someone is exhibiting signs of COVID-19, we will be able to quickly and easily view the attendance list of others in the program and let them know they may have been exposed. We will not release any information to others about your attendance, we will only use this information to contact you directly.
If you are planning on registering for activities on June 15 make sure you have a Participant Card first. Get Your Participant Card
New Registration Date
Registration for limited Adult, Senior and Adaptive programs starts at 9 a.m. June 15. Vulnerable populations to COVID-19 are encouraged to follow OHA and CDC guidelines for people who are high-risk.
Get Ready to Register
You can register online, by phone and there will be a limited in-person option as well:
- If you have registered with us before, make sure you have your login information.
- Not sure if you have an account? Visit our online registration and click "Log In/Create Account," then select "Log In with Email" and select "Forgot Password." If you have an account your login information will be emailed to you.
- Need to create an account? Visit our online registration and click "Login In/Create Account" then select "Create Your Eug Rec Account."
- Look for the phone number listed in your activity description. If there are multiple locations give one a ring and they can help you with all of your activities.
- In Person
- Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St.
- Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St.
- Sheldon Pool, 2443 Willakenzie Rd.
Activities will be available to preview at GetRec.org/explore this Friday, June 12 at noon.
Amazon Pool will be opening June 22 for lap swim and on-your-own fitness only. Lap swimming and fitness will require prior lane registration to participate. Drop-ins will not be taken. Register for Your Time starting at 9 a.m. June 15. Do you have your Participant Card? We are now requiring all participants to register for a free participant card before activity registration. Get Your Participant Card
We are hoping to have Sheldon Pool open with similar programming mid-July. We are hard at work planning how and when to safely add other programming. Thank you for your patience as we work out the details.
Childcare is now available at Sheldon, Petersen Barn and Amazon community centers until June 22. Children are in small groups, with physical distancing, sanitizing protocols and health checks all part of daily safety protocols. More childcare info.
Summer camps will be offered this summer. Registration for camps that start June 22 opened Monday. Camps filled super fast but there are some spaces available primarily in preschool camps. Check to see what is available on our online registration website.
Update June 5, 2020
We are excited that Lane County has been approved by the Governor’s office to move into phase 2 of reopening. What does this mean for Rec pools and community centers?
- Pools: We are hard at work planning how and when to safely reopen our pools. Things will look a little different as we make modifications to align with Phase 2 guidelines for physical distancing and safety protocols, but we are excited to welcome you back soon. Thank you for your patience as we work out the details.
- Summer Camps: Registration for summer camps begins 9 a.m this Monday, June 8. You can preview camps and find registration info.
- Childcare: We still have childcare spots available for your little ones at Amazon, Petersen Barn and Sheldon Community Centers. Childcare runs through June 22. More childcare info
- Other Programming: We will be safely and gradually reopening programming for all ages based on Phase 2 guidelines. We will be sharing more as we plan for a June 15 program registration date.
Please check for updates on Facebook, Instagram, our website and in our e-newsletters. We can’t wait to recreate with you soon!
Update May 18, 2020
We are looking forward to helping make your summer the best it can be. We are excited to announce that Eugene Rec will be offering summer camps starting June 22 full of fun for your kids!
- Summer Camp registration begins at 9 a.m. June 8 and camps will start on June 22. Look for more information coming your way by the end of May. We are hard at work planning for camp modifications to keep your kids safe and healthy including physical distancing, mask wearing and diligent sanitizing. Because these safety measures will include having smaller groups of campers, we appreciate your understanding that we expect enrollment capacity to be limited.
- Childcare programs are now running at Sheldon Community Center and will soon expand to other centers. Call 541-682-5312 for information and registration for child care.
- Pools currently remain closed during Phase 1 of Lane County’s reopening. We are working on how we might safely begin swimming lessons and lap swimming at Amazon Pool during Phase 2. Sheldon Pool will remain closed, as current guidelines do not allow indoor pools to operate during Phase 2. Echo Hollow Pool will remain closed until renovations are complete later this year.
- Facility rentals, fitness classes and other Rec programming will gradually begin to restart; stay tuned for more information. We plan for the limited and gradual reopening of all our community centers after the start of Phase 2 except for Campbell, which is still undergoing renovations.
- Additional financial support is available for families with children impacted economically by this pandemic through our COVID Incremental Discount. (Please note this discount cannot be combined with the use of other Rec scholarship funds.) For more information, call 541-682-5654.
We have missed recreating with you and are excited to begin welcoming you back! We will keep you posted on our reopening news on our website and through future emails.
Update April 8, 2020
This week is typically one of the most exciting times of year for those of us here at Eugene Rec. For months we had planned on this Thursday being the start of registration for summer programs. Like usual, we were excited to share the newest camps for kids, brag about our latest dance classes and inform you about all the trips to those special summer places.
Unfortunately, as you are aware, we’ve had to stop recreating in our typical ways because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our beloved community is paramount, and it is with heavy hearts we are telling you we won’t be printing a 2020 Summer Rec Guide and are postponing registration for summer programs.
What does this mean?
We haven’t identified a date for registration yet, but we intend to give you at least two weeks’ notice so you have as much time as possible to plan. We know how important this is to you. This decision will come as it becomes clearer when we might be able to provide in-person programming again.
Instead of a printed Eugene Rec Guide we will have a fully digital production. You will still be able to log in to your Eugene Rec account and see all our summer offerings, and we will continue to design the guide for digital publication. Trust us. Once we are ready to roll, you’ll be the first to know. We understand you might connect with the guide on an emotional level and know not receiving a summer guide or being able to register for classes and camps will be uncomfortable or upsetting. We also know an online-only version doesn’t create the full access to our information that we strive for. We are working to solve those issues as we move forward.
As public health recommendations continue to evolve, we have extended our facility closures and program cancellations to at least May 31. We will keep you updated as we learn the date when our community centers and pools will reopen. We continue to be available by phone or email, and we encourage you to reach out with questions. We will continue to follow guidelines from the City of Eugene Emergency Operations Center, Lane County Public Health, the State of Oregon and the Center for Disease Control on reopening and resuming programs.
All patrons who have paid for Rec programs and rentals occurring during the closure will receive a credit for use toward future Rec registration or rentals. If you would like to receive a refund instead, please contact your local Rec community center and let them know. Memberships can be extended or refunded.
In the meantime, we continue to have staff working on offering services and programming to you in unique ways. Already, our programmers are creating digital ways for our preschoolers to still get the education they need, fitness instructors are working on producing new ways to keep you fit at home and others are hard at work at finding virtual ways to teach classes. Some of you may have even already heard from a Eugene Rec staff member, just calling to check in. Stay tuned.
As a City it is our responsibility to maintain essential services and support our public health partners. Here’s a link to Eugene’s COVID-19 resource page, where you can all the information about what we are doing.
As Mayor Vinis shared in her weekly video update: “We don’t know exactly when it will get better, but we know that it will get better. And it will get better because of everything we are doing now, together.”
Update March 20, 2020
Temporary changes for community health
As public health recommendations continue to evolve, we have extended our facility closure and programming cancellation past our original date of March 30. We will keep you updated as we learn the date when our community centers and pools will be able to reopen. We continue to be available by phone or email and we encourage you to reach out with any questions.
All patrons who have paid for Rec programs and rentals occurring during the closure will receive a credit for use toward future Rec registrations or rentals. If you would like to receive a refund instead of a credit, please contact your local Rec community center and let them know. Memberships can be extended or refunded.
Update March 16, 2020
Eugene Rec will close all eight of its community centers and pools beginning tomorrow, Tues., March 17. The facilities are expected to reopen on Mon., March 30.
Since the recent temporary cancellation of Rec programming, facility usage has been low. We are now taking the additional precaution of limiting unnecessary public exposure and using the time to deep clean our facilities in preparation for future re-opening.
Staff will continue to be available by phone or email. The public is encouraged to reach out to local community centers and pools with any questions.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation in conjunction with our public health partners. For more information about COVID-19 visit Lane County Public Health’s website.
Update March 13, 2020
The health and safety of our community is the City’s top priority. In line with the recommendation from Governor Brown regarding the safety of public gatherings, the City of Eugene Recreation is taking the following actions:
- Eugene Rec will suspend all programs/activities from Monday, March 16 – Monday, March 30.
- All facility rentals are canceled from Monday, March 16 - Monday, March 30.
- Campbell Community Center will close from Monday, March 16 – Monday, March 30 due to the predominance of patrons over the age of 60. All other Rec Community Centers and Pools will remain open regular hours without programs/activities.
All patrons who have paid for Rec programs and rentals occurring March 16-30 will receive a credit for use toward future Rec registrations or rentals. If you would like to receive a refund instead of a credit, please contact your local Rec community center and let them know. Memberships can be extended or refunded. Credits will be automatically completed on all accounts by early next week; you do not need to take any action.
Employees will have the opportunity to continue regular duties from their facilities as long as they are healthy and utilizing recommended disease prevention practices.
The City of Eugene continues to focus on preparation and prevention to keep our community as healthy as possible, including:
- Increased office area cleanings, especially touch points like door handles and push plates in public areas;
- Public city facilities such as community centers, pools, the Hult Center and the library currently employ protocols for thorough daily cleaning and post-event cleaning;
- At the Eugene Airport, a robust cleaning/sterilization protocol is in place; terminal staff use a viricide several times a day to help disinfect contact areas throughout the terminal;
- Washing stations are being placed downtown, including in front of the Library;
Disease prevention practices are being posted in the City’s public facilities to encourage CDC prevention methods;
- Sick employees are actively encouraged to stay home and all employees are encouraged to follow disease prevention practices at work; and
- First responders have CDC-approved personal protection equipment and are following recommended protocols during dispatch and response.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation in conjunction with our public health partners and make updates to our plans as necessary.
For more information about COVID-19 visit Lane County Public Health’s website.