Rec Center works toward opening

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Memorial Day holiday, while set aside nationally to honor those fallen in the line of military service, has also traditionally been observed locally with family reunions and cookouts to celebrate. Most of those traditional gatherings are changing as we know it this year, due to COVID-19.

There are no plans to open Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Center for Memorial Day weekend, according to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Alsup.

“Plans are subject to change; we are working toward a Phase 1 opening of the Recreation Center on Monday, June 1, which would include the track, exercise room, and exercise classes,” he said.

Alsup said, any openings have to be done in conjunction with the City of Shelbyville administration and federal and state guidelines. Several executive orders have been delivered to municipalities this spring, but it seems parks and recreation facilities and programs, since most activities require close contact, are reopening in phases.  

“Those guidelines for opening pools are restrictive and late in the reopening phases, but no decision has been made at this time as to the summer season for the outdoor pool,” said Alsup.