Palm Coast - Palm Coast Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the phased reopening of the Community Center to the public on Monday, Sept. 28. Normal operating hours of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. will resume at that time.

"I am happy to see another one of our beautiful amenities open to the public," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "The Community Center is so important to our residents and this safety plan protects our community while allowing these vital services to continue."

The reopening will take a phased approach. Programming will not be immediately resumed; however, Parks & Recreation is extending invitations to select previous program participants to act as focus groups. They will provide valuable feedback about the overall processes that have been put in place.

"This reopening plan is something that our department has not taken lightly," said Lauren Johnston, Director of Parks & Recreation. "We've made many changes to ensure a safe environment, such as protective glass and foot pulls on the restroom doors. We want to make sure we keep it safe and clean, while also providing our residents with fun recreational opportunities!"

Visitors and employees entering the Community Center must be medically screened through temperature checks and a brief medical questionnaire. They must also wear a mask/face-covering in all common areas and where six feet of distance cannot be maintained between people.

There will be a new, one-way entry and exit flow in effect - handicap accessible exits will still be available. When limited programming resumes, it will be offered in a block schedule format, to protect vulnerable populations and limit the chance of spread. No more than 50 persons will be allowed in the building at one time. Room layouts have been updated and will be specifically set to allow for social distancing. Staff continue to adhere to enhanced cleaning schedules.

To view the Parks & Recreation fall activity guide, including virtual programs, please visit palmcoastconnect.com/s/parks-and-rec.

To watch the reopening video that outlines what to expect at the Community Centert, please visit https://youtu.be/CHKWTsRmV10.

Please remember to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for washing your hands, social distancing, and facial coverings.

The City of Palm Coast will continue to update its reopening strategy in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, Florida Department of Health, and Governor DeSantis.

Visit Palm Coast Connect at www.palmcoastconnect.com for the latest City of Palm Coast updates and local testing locations. There you can submit questions or concerns to customer service or call them at 386-986-2360.

COVID-19 health-related questions or concerns should be directed to your regular healthcare provider or the Florida Health hotline at 866-779-6121.

COVID-19 business concerns should be directed to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation at 866-532-1440.