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Huntsville Parks & Recreation to begin reopening May 4

Facilities will reopen with specific rules for activities and social distancing
Credit: City of Huntsville
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala — Huntsville's Parks & Recreation facilities will begin to reopen on Monday, May 4.

General information

Activities cannot include more than 9 people in a gathering must adhere to 6-foot social distancing between people not from the same family unit. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks or facial coverings, and new guidelines will be strictly enforced by City of Huntsville staff.

Park restrooms will remain closed.

What's allowed:

  • Outdoor archery at designated archery facilities
  • Running/walking/biking where routinely permitted
  • Disk golf
  • Dog park use
  • Remote control aircraft/watercraft at locations designated for those activities
  • Skateboarding at designated skate parks
  • Tennis and pickleball (outdoor only)
  • Utilizing a bench while maintaining social distancing between individuals not from the same family unit

What's not:

  • Soccer, lacrosse, and football (including casual play, competition and group training)
  • Softball, baseball, and kickball (including casual play, competition and group training)
  • Basketball (including casual play, competition and group training)
  • Volleyball (indoor and outdoor)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Youth camps

What's still closed:

  • Weight rooms
  • Splash pads
  • Pavilions and park restrooms
  • Playgrounds
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities

Municipal rec center and athletic facilties information

  • Municipal recreation centers and athletic facilities will be open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. for limited activities where appropriate group size and social distancing can be maintained. Williams, Challenger, Goldsmith-Schiffman, Metro Kiwanis and Merrimack which are closed.
  • Parks and Recreation staff must monitor all activities continuously to ensure adherence to the standards. Visitors not following City staff directives will be directed to leave the facility.
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities will remain closed.
  • Room rentals for private events, including athletic court areas, are limited to activities meeting state-mandated group size limits and social distancing standards. As room sizes vary between facilities, limitations for each specific room will be established and prominently posted.
  • Special programming organized by Parks and Recreation Department will be limited to those that adhere to State-mandated size and distancing standards and that avoid the use of shared equipment and materials.
  • Conducting any special programming requires the approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation prior to planning and advertising the event.

Aquatics Centers reopening information and rules

Facilities are open with the following facility-specific instructions:

Huntsville Aquatie Center (Instructional Pool)

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Adult Swim Only: Lap or individual water exercise maintaining social distance standards.
  • No more than one patron per lane.
  • No water exercise/aerobics classes, Red Cross classes, or swim lessons will be conducted.
  • Locker rooms can be used to rinse off before entering the pool. Patrons will not be allowed to return to the locker room after swimming to shower. They will need to dry off on the deck and leave the facility.
  • Maximum time in water is one hour.

Huntsville Aquatics Center (Legacy Pool)

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Lap Swim Only
  • Swimmers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
  • No more than one patron per lane.
  • No water exercise/aerobics classes, Red Cross classes, or swim lessons will be conducted.
  • Diving boards are closed except for scheduled, coach-led training sessions.
  • Locker rooms can be used to rinse off before entering the pool. Patrons will not be allowed to return to the locker room after swimming to shower. They will need to dry off on the deck and leave.
  • Maximum time in water is one hour.

Huntsville Aquatics Center (Competition Pool)

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Lap Swim Only
  • Swimmers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
  • No more than one patron per lane.
  • No water exercise/aerobics classes, Red Cross classes, or swim lessons will be conducted.
  • Locker rooms can be used to rinse off before entering the pool. Patrons will not be allowed to return to the locker room after swimming to shower. They will need to dry off on the deck and leave.
  • Maximum time in water is one hour.

Richard Showers Center Pool

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Adult Swim Only: Lap or individual water exercise maintaining social distance standards.
  • No more than one patron per lane.
  • No water exercise/aerobics classes, Red Cross classes, or swim lessons will be conducted.
  • Diving board is closed.
  • Locker rooms can be used to rinse off before entering the pool. Patrons will not be allowed to return to the locker room after swimming to shower. They will need to dry off on the deck and leave the facility.
  • Maximum time in water is one hour.

Click here for the City of Huntsville COVID-19 resource page.

Click here for State of Alabama COVID-19 information.

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