Shakopee Community Center aims to reopen July 6
Facility anticipated to open with member services, reduced capacity
The Shakopee Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to reopen the Shakopee Community Center Monday, July 6, following the governor’s recent executive order permitting recreation centers to open at reduced capacity.
The prep time will be used to ensure the delivery of additional sanitation supplies, as well as necessary staff training due to additional health safeguards.
For the near future, the Community Center will open to members only; one-day guest passes will not be available. Members will not be billed for services until Aug. 1.
With the reduced capacity levels, the Community Center will be implementing a reservation system. Reservations allow the department to manage capacity at the state’s latest guidelines. Implementation of the reservation system is expected to take a few weeks.
The Lookout indoor playground, Kids Cove and Enigma Teen Center will remain closed due to challenges related to safely cleaning these facilities and maintaining social distance. Ṡakpe ti Lounge will also remain closed until further notice. The rest of the Community Center will be available July 6, including the indoor aquatic center.
In May, the city announced SandVenture Aquatic Park will not open for the 2020 season. Due to staffing considerations, there are no plans to open the park despite the state’s changed guidelines.
Frequently asked questions related to reopening
Why won’t the Community Center reopen June 10?
While the governor’s new executive order allows fitness facilities to reopen at 25-percent capacity beginning June 10, the Shakopee Community Center wants to ensure it has the necessary safeguards in place before opening the facility. Our reopening plan includes:
- Acquiring back-ordered sanitation equipment
- Re-hiring and training furloughed part-time staff regarding new sanitation and safety duties
- Recertifying lifeguards who were unable to attend necessary American Red Cross certification training that was canceled due to COVID-19
Other gym facilities are reopening sooner. Why is the Community Center waiting until July?
The city’s goal is to reopen the Community Center with full member services available. We believe a full reopening is a better service than a partial or phased opening. The extra time, which is consistent with other municipal recreation centers across the state, provides us additional time to ensure our facility is safe for guests. This also includes calling back part-time staff, adjusting staffing schedules and updating necessary staff training. Unfortunately, these steps take time, and we want to make sure we are prepared.
Why can’t one-day guests use the Community Center when we reopen?
Due to the state’s capacity guidelines, we are implementing a reservation system to ensure our facility stays within capacity limits and provides members with predictability. We do not want members showing up to use our amenities only to find the facility at capacity maximum. Therefore, we are temporarily limiting Community Center access only to members. We hope to open the facility to guests as soon as the state lifts capacity limits.
With the state’s new guidelines for pools, why isn’t the city reopening SandVenture Aquatic Park?
Last month, we made the difficult decision not to open SandVenture Aquatic Park for the 2020 season. This decision was based on many factors, including current state health guidelines limiting large groups, staff training and sanitation requirements. Even with the state’s new health guidelines, many of those challenges remain. Like many metro communities, we have determined it is best to focus on reopening the Community Center and looking at ways to ensure SandVenture is ready for 2021.