Parks and Recreation
CITY OF BROADVIEW HEIGHTS PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE
AS OF 5/22/2020:
We are aware that the Governor has set specific dates that certain facilities and programming CAN open/resume. Along with these dates, come industry specific guidelines that we must be able to adhere to. We have been doing our due diligence in reviewing all of the various Parks and Recreation related guidelines to determine our re-opening plans. We are accessing each facility and program individually and will be providing updates on how we plan to proceed as the information becomes available. All plans are subject to change as needed. The most current updates are listed below.
RECREATION CENTER: Although recreation facilities are permitted to open on Tuesday, May 26th, The Broadview Heights Community & Recreation Center will NOT be opening on this date. We are currently finalizing plans to re-open our facilities in compliance with all established guidelines. When we do open, our highest priority will be to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for our patrons. We currently anticipate an opening date of Monday, June 22nd. Operations will be different when we open. The operating hours will be temporarily adjusted to 7am to 8pm on weekdays and 9am to 4pm on weekends. Facilities that will be opening with limited capacity will include: Fitness Center (the fitness equipment has been spaced out and there are now 3 different areas throughout the building offering fitness equipment), Track (limited to runners only, walkers will be permitted to use the lower level hallways), limited areas of the pool (no slide, basketball, rock wall, play features, steam room/sauna), and the gymnasium (limited to one person per hoop). New policies and procedures will be in place within each area. All visitors must adhere to the posted guidelines, mandates and safety recommendations. If there are issues with compliance, visitors may be asked to leave &/or facilities may be closed. We understand there are some members who would want to resume their membership as soon as possible and that there are other members who may not want to resume their membership now while the facility is operating under additional guidelines and reduced capacity. Due to that, as well as the restriction on the available facilities and the restrictions on capacity, there will be a new online registration system in place which will allow patrons to pay a drop in fee to reserve a timeslot to utilize the facility. Reservations will be limited to patrons 15 years of age and up. Memberships will NOT be extended and re-activated while we are operating under reduced capacity and with limited availability. All patrons who wish to utilize the facility during this time will need to use our temporary online registration system and pay a drop-in fee to reserve a specific time slot for a specific area within the building. More detailed information regarding the new operating guidelines, rules and policies and the registration system will be forthcoming.
MEMBERSHIPS: Memberships will continue to remain “on-hold” while we are operating under the reduced capacity guidelines. Once additional guidelines/mandates are lifted and the capacity is able to be increased, memberships will be extended by the amount of time we were closed/operating under limited capacity. If members prefer to cancel their membership and receive a household credit in lieu of the “hold” on their pass, they can request a household credit by completing the online refund request form and selecting “household credit”. The form is available on our website at www.bhrec.org and the direct link is available here: https://broadview-heights.org/FormCenter/Parks-Recreation-4/refund-request-form-73. Per our membership policies, there are no refunds on memberships. The current options are to continue to have your membership on-hold/then extended or to receive a household credit to be used for any future use of facilities or programs.
PRESCRIPTION FITNESS - PERSONAL TRAINING: Personal Training will be available when the facility is open.
GROUP EXERCISE (INCLUDING SILVER SNEAKER CLASSES): Updates on group exercise and Silver Sneaker classes will be posted as they become available. The Broadview Heights Group Exercise Passes continue to remain “on hold” and pass expirations will be extended by the amount of time we are closed/not providing classes. We will be working to bring the group exercise and Silver Sneaker classes back, while maintaining compliance will all established guidelines, as soon as possible.
SUMMER CAMP: Given the restrictions listed in the guidelines regarding Day Camps, we have determined that we will not be able to provide the typical enjoyable Summer Day Camp experience that our customers have come to expect. We have made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer Camp program for 2020. Refunds will be processed for all registered participants.
YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL/TEE BALL: We do not feel it is possible to administer these programs while maintaining compliance with all of the established guidelines for baseball/softball. Refunds will be processed for all registered participants.
TRAVEL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: We are awaiting additional guidance and more information will be released as it becomes available.
ADULT SOFTBALL: We do not feel it is possible to administer these programs while maintaining compliance with all of the established guidelines for baseball/softball.
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS SUMMER LACROSSE PROGRAM: Has been cancelled. Refunds will be processed for all registered participants.
SWIM LESSONS: If you registered for swim lessons that were to take place April through August, you have received a household credit to be used in the future. If you would like to request a refund instead of a household credit, you can complete the online refund request form at www.bhrec.org under “forms”.
MAYOR ALAI’S 5K AND THE COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST: These events are currently being postponed and we hope to be able to offer them at a date later than originally planned.
OTHER PROGRAMS/EVENTS: All other programs and events are still currently being postponed until further notice. We continue to work through the updates and will provide additional information as it is available.
FACILITY RENTALS: New facility rental contracts are not currently being accepted for 2020. We are awaiting additional guidance on rentals and more information will be released as it becomes available.
SPLASH PARK: The Splash Park will remain closed for the 2020 season.
OUTDOOR FACILITIES: City playgrounds, athletic fields, and basketball courts remain closed until further notice.
TENNIS COURTS: Will re-open on Tuesday, May 26th. Guidelines, mandates and safety signage will be posted. All visitors must adhere to the posted guidelines, mandates and safety recommendations. If there are issues with compliance, visitors may be asked to leave &/or facilities may be closed. Please review the tips and recommendations being provided by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for playing tennis safely prior to visiting the tennis courts: https://www.usta.com/content/dam/usta/sections/midwest/pdfs/general/18266_USTA_COVID19_PlayingTennisSafely-Poster%20v3.pdf
PICKLE BALL: An update will be provided as soon as possible.
WHILE VISITING OUR OUTDOOR FACILITIES, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Per an order issued by the Ohio Department of Health, ALL PUBLIC PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED.
- Athletic fields and basketball courts are currently closed.
- Tennis – see tennis court update above.
- The ODH is requiring that individuals must at all times or as much as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of 6 feet from any other person with the exception of family or household members.
- All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, with the exception of household or family members.
- Any gatherings of 10 people or more is prohibited.
- Stay home if you are sick and practice good hygiene. Wash your hands after touching surfaces. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Place garbage in trash receptacles.
Information regarding COVID-19 can be found at the Ohio Department of Health: www.coronavirus.ohio.gov
Please check www.bhrec.org for additional updates which will be posted as soon as the information is available.
We are doing everything we can to re-open facilities and re-start programs that we can while maintaining compliance with all State and Local guidelines. We thank you, in advance, for your patience as we work through this process. Questions or comments please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.