The Solon Community Center and the Solon Center for the Arts opened last week with modified operations, city staff said last week.

During Safety and Public Properties Committee, department heads outlined the first few days of re-opening since the buildings were closed in mid-March under a statewide mandate to stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

“We have experienced success with a phased re-opening and look to open other areas moving forward, but we want to make sure we do it safely,” Director of Recreation Rich Parker said.

Mr. Parker continued that about 100 people each day came to the community center, the majority of which utilized the indoor pool.

Residents must make reservations to use the indoor pool so the department can control the number of users in regard to state guidelines. The recreation department plans to keeping the number at about 48, Mr. Parker said. The lap pool is open to reservations, with one person per lane and two in the currents stream.

“It’s been a great couple of days and we look forward to the days ahead as we master this,” he said.

In addition to those using the pool, others are coming to visit the fitness center, including using the cardio and weight machines, Mr. Parker continued.

Still closed within the center are the outdoor pool, locker rooms, free weight room and track. There is a family locker room available, he added.

The Arthur Road Municipal Pool opened Wednesday and is open by reservation from 1- 8 p.m.

Reservations can be made by visiting the city’s website at solonohio.org.

At Arthur Road, lounge chairs will not be provided so people are encouraged to bring their own.

In other areas of recreation, the Friday movie in the park began last week at the Solon Community Park, requiring people to stay within safe guidelines and in their cars with spaces being marked out.

The art center and dance studio opened with modifications as well, as well as camps with limited numbers of students, Tracy Sullivan, director of Community and Cultural Enrichment, said.

Kids are coming to camp in masks, and temperatures are being taken, she continued.

“The kids are having a blast being back and around other kids,” Mrs. Sullivan said.

“We are looking forward to continuing it over the summer,” she said.

The Solon Senior Center remains closed with virtual programming and City Hall is slated to open next month.

Councilman William I. Russo said he appreciates all the effort of city staff in coordinating things so as to accommodate the community, while meeting state guidelines.

“I know it has not been easy,” he said. “Kudos to you and your staff to make it happen.”

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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