Eugene Rec COVID-19 Updates
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.