After weeks of planning and preparation, Mansfield Parks & Recreation will begin the process of reopening the Mansfield Activities Center and Oliver Nature Park Nature Education programs on Wednesday, May 20, under the guidelines established by Governor Abbott in Executive Order GA-21. The MAC and all recreation programs have been closed since March 13 as part of nationwide pandemic shutdowns and will be easing back into operations as possible with current regulations.
The health and safety of guests is, as always, the number one priority. Accordingly, a number of changes and limitations are still in place to ensure staff and visitors are safe. Please review these changes and guidelines before returning to the MAC and contact staff if you have any questions.
The MAC will be open on its regular schedule starting Wednesday, May 20. The facility is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sunday.
As per the current restrictions, the MAC will be operating at 25% of the full capacity. Each classroom will also be following individual occupancy limits, and many class sizes will be reduced to accommodate.
In order to monitor the occupancy, all guests must enter from the front doors; rear entrance is for staff only. Seating in the gym and lobby area has been reduced to limit gatherings and reduce shared surfaces; guests are asked to arrive as close to class time as possible and have parents wait in the car when possible.
Sneeze guards have been installed at the front desk and additional hand sanitizing stations added throughout the facility for convenient use. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the existing low to no contact features at the MAC like automated entry doors and sink faucets to limit the exposure to shared surfaces.
Some procedures have adjusted to limit staff contact; masks will be worn when outside the lobby and interacting with guests or cleaning.
Many class sizes have been reduced to stay in accordance with occupancy and gathering limits. Some may also have slight operational changes to reduce or eliminate the use of shared surfaces like mats and group equipment. Please be patient with your instructors as they adjust to these changes.
Schedules have been adjusted to include more time between classes, allowing for staff to clean and sanitize rooms between programs and fewer participants gathered at one time.
Participants are asked to arrive as close to class time as possible to reduce gathering in the lobby, and come dressed for class to avoid changing in the restrooms.
Some high-touch and/or high-contact programs cannot adequately function under the current restrictions and will not return to our schedule until it is safe to do so.
Due to the capacity restrictions and shared equipment, gym sports have additional limitations. All players must bring their own equipment and follow capacity guidelines.
Basketball is limited to no more than two people per hoop, with a maximum of 12 in the gym at one time during full-court open gym. During half-court open gym, no more than six may be in the gym.
Pickleball allows single or doubles play, with a maximum of 24 in the gym at one time during full-court games. During half-court games, no more than 12 players may be in the gym.
Open Gym times are subject to change based on facility needs and a membership or day pass is required. Please remember, private training and organized practices or classes are not allowed in the gym during open gym hours.
A full schedule of classes and programs will begin June 1. Discount Day, when all programs are 15 percent off with online registration or 10 percent off for in-person registration, has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 21. Click here to search the full program catalog of options. A new Summer Recreation Guide will be released on Monday, May 18 with program descriptions and more information.
All rental bookings are subject to the state-mandated gathering limit. As such, rentals are not currently accepted. As that limit increases, rentals will reopen.
As a high-risk population, senior programs will not resume at this time. This includes regular daily activities as well as the 55+ classes and enrichment programs. Meal deliveries will continue, and more expanded programs will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.
Staff is currently in the process of evaluating the guidelines for day care and summer camps to determine when or if the Kids Zone Summer Day Camp program will be able to begin. As soon as a process is in place to operate the camp in a way that is safe for both the children and the staff, a new registration date will be announced.
Nature Education programs at Oliver Nature Park will resume in phases based on the participants and class setup. Classes that allow for social distancing and do not use shared equipment will proceed as planned with minor adjustments as needed. Staff will continue to reassess on a program-by-program basis and conduct each as best suited for the material and the current restrictions. Click here for all upcoming Nature Education programs.
After careful evaluation by city leaders, event organizers and emergency management, the City Council decided to cancel the 2020 Rockin 4th of July event. Please know this was not a decision made lightly, but one made in the best interest of the health and safety of everyone involved. Rockin 4th is always an amazing night of community and celebration, but there is simply no way to proceed with the social distance and cleaning protocols necessary to comply with the state restrictions and public health best practices. We are disappointed but stand by the importance of protecting our community’s health so we can all be around to celebrate many more holidays together in the future.
All special events this summer will be adjusted in accordance with the current guidelines for gathering size and social distance. Updates to events will be posted on the parks website and social media as decisions are made.
Adjustments will be made to all of these plans as needed stay in accordance with all future changes and restrictions as they are issued; please check our website or social media for the most current guidelines. We appreciate your patience with our staff and instructors as we all work hard to bring you the programs, enrichment and education you know and love from Mansfield Parks and Recreation while working hard to keep both staff and guests safe and healthy.