LINCOLN COUNTY — As Lincoln County transitions Friday from the “extreme” to “high risk” categories within Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority’s statewide COVID-19 levels, several area indoor recreation centers and swimming pools are pleased to be reopening for the new year.
Boone Marker, Lincoln City Parks & Recreation recreation supervisor, told the News-Times on Wednesday morning that beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, the Lincoln City Community Center plans to reopen its doors to the public.
“We’re excited to be back open, and we’re looking forward to helping people meet their 2021 fitness goals,” Marker said.
Just as it was prior to the county moving into extreme risk on Dec. 18, the community center will be available for use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (closed Sunday), with a maximum capacity of 50 people permitted at any one time. Drop-ins are welcome depending on community center capacity limits.
Starting on Monday, the Lincoln City Community Center pool will be available for 1-hour time slots made by reservation only. Hours for the pool are between 7 and 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
To make a reservation for use of the Community Center pool, call 541-994-2131. For additional information regarding physical activity opportunities in Lincoln City, visit the Lincoln City Parks & Recreation Facebook page or its website at https://www.lincolncity.org/parksandrec. Pool reservations will be available online Saturday and staff can take reservations by phone or in person beginning Monday.
The Greater Toledo Pool will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday. However, just as in Lincoln City, reservations are required to use the five-lane, 25-yard pool, located at 174 NW Seventh St. Swimmers can make pool reservations on the organization’s website, www.greatertoledopool.org or by calling 541-336-3181.
After securing a reservation, guests of the Toledo Pool are asked to arrive ready to swim and wearing a bathing suit. Guests will be permitted to use the facility’s showers prior to using the pool, but will be required to forego using the dressing room following the conclusion of their swim or other activity. Guests will be asked to exit the facility immediately following facility use.
Beginning Monday, the pool will require guests to wear face coverings upon entering the pool, though masks are not mandated while using the pool. Social distancing protocols will be established, including allowing only one swimmer per lane. In the dressing rooms, every other shower stall will be roped off and prohibited from use. Additional details about COVID-19-prevention guidelines and reservations are available on the facility’s website.
Because the pool was closed for six months, it’s offering guests a free, six-month membership. Those who had a membership when the pool closed will receive a free additional six months of membership privileges.
Spencer Nebel, Newport city manager, told the News-Times on Wednesday afternoon that the Newport Recreation and Aquatic Center will remain closed at least for the next two weeks.
“At this point, we’re planning to keep our facilities closed over the first two weeks that we’re in the high risk category,” Nebel said. “If we maintain that level in two more weeks, we’ll consider revisiting whether or not to open back up.”
He added that the increase in new case counts in Lincoln County this week has Newport Parks and Recreation staff wary of reopening, should the county return to the extreme risk level on Jan. 15.
“Looking at the current stats regarding COVID in Lincoln County, there’s a good possibility we’ll go back up to the extreme level, and it just becomes really disruptive for us to open up and have to close back down again.”