August 19, 2020

City Swim Center & Ice Arena Reopened September 1

The Roosevelt Swim Center and Roosevelt Ice Arena will open September 1 with some restrictions.  Both facilities have been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Roosevelt Swim Center and Roosevelt Ice Arena will open September 1 with some restrictions. Both facilities have been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

Facilities reopened September 1 with

changes in use, capacity limits

RAPID CITY, SD--The City's Roosevelt Swim Center and Roosevelt Park Ice Arena reopened to the public September 1 with changes in use and capacity numbers at both facilities.

            The facilities were closed March 18 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

            "The Swim Center and Ice Arena have been closed for a very long time and we know people have been patiently waiting to get back in the pool and on the ice," said Doug Lowe, City Recreation Director.  "Probably since the day both facilities closed, we've been eyeing when we could reopen and how we could reopen.

            "We have to take some very specific and important measures to allow the facilities to open and continue in operation, and do what we can to limit COVID exposure.  We can do our part but it's also going to take the cooperation and efforts of the patrons."

            Lowe says continued day-to-day operations of both facilities will depend on COVID exposure.

            "We are excited to get the facilities open again and welcome our patrons and visitors back," said Lowe.  "We want everyone to come back and have fun despite the necessary restrictions and limitations, and we look forward to getting our programs started again."

            Parks and Rec officials have been working on reopening plans for both the Swim Center and Ice Arena for several weeks.  Among the changes:

BOTH FACILITIES

*Patrons will be required to wear masks in the front desk and concession areas.

*Sanitation stations will be located throughout the facility

*Social distancing measures used in the queuing line to keep swimmers and skaters at a safe distance while in line

*No birthday parties will be scheduled until further notice.

*All season passes will be extended 180 days.

*Only one guardian allowed to accompany a child to program events

ROOSEVELT SWIM CENTER

*A maximum of 64 people allowed in the facility at any time, with limits on numbers at any certain time in the recreational pool's current channel, hot tub and 25-yard pool.

*Patrons will be required to arrive and leave in swimsuits (this policy will be revisited as it gets colder)

*The family changing area will be open for restroom use only.

*Men's and women's locker rooms and steam rooms will be closed. Water fountains and swimsuit dryers will not be available for use.

*Shared fitness equipment will be available for use with COVID cleaning procedures enforced.

*The basketball hoop, interactive play feature and water slide will be open for use.

*Swim Center programs will begin in October with land exercise, yoga classes and water exercise classes limited in size and in the amount of offerings.  Swimming lesson class sizes and offerings will be determined.

*There will be detailed disinfecting procedures in place for the bathrooms, family change locker room, benches, bleachers and rescue tubes

Other additions will include sneeze guards at both check-in stations and at concessions. Only pre-packaged foods will be sold at concessions and available only when exiting the facility.  Chairs and tables will be removed in the lobby.  All facility staff will wear masks and staff will have temperature readings at the beginning of each shift.  Lifeguards will wear masks while not actively lifeguarding on the chair and the lifeguard stands will have a six-foot box on the floor around each chair.

ROOSEVELT ICE ARENA

*A maximum of 100 people allowed in the facility at any time.

*Mezzanine area will remain closed.

*Adult hockey will not include spectators and participants cannot show up more than 30 minutes before game time.

*Sneeze guards will be in place in the concession area.

*All chairs and tables will be six feet apart in the lobby

*COVID cleaning procedures enforced.  There will be detailed disinfection at the beginning of each hour and will include bathrooms, benches and bleachers

*Facility staff are encouraged to wear masks but not required.

Ice Arena programs will begin in September with Learn to Skate programs limited to eight participants with no basic classes.

For more information or questions about the opening of the facilities and restrictions, contact the Roosevelt Swim Center at 394-5223 or Roosevelt Park Ice Arena at 394-6161.

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Thank you,

Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator

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