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City recreation program going forward with some modifications

Apr 05, 2021 12:40PM ● By Linda Petersen

CENTERVILLE—The city is moving ahead with both a spring and summer recreation program, although just what it will look like will depend to a large extent on how the pandemic in Utah goes over the next couple of months.

While city officials canceled the annual Easter egg hunt because the traditional crowds would just be too risky, Little League baseball is going forward. Registration recently ended and the season will begin on April 13. The season will run through June. Concessions will be limited. Families are being asked to social distance.

City officials have determined that the only sports and classes allowed this year will need to be held outside. So, this means classes such as cooking, sewing and drawing, which are normally taught at Centerville Junior High, along with the babysitting classes that are held downstairs at City Hall, will be on hold through another season.

However, arts and crafts classes, along with some dance and yoga classes and summer reading will go on. Class sizes will be limited to 12 participants who will be socially distanced, and each child will need to wear a mask. 

“We’re just decreasing the class options and the class sizes,” Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Hansen said. “These are all the classes that we are going to be offering. It depends on how many kids we get signed up and how things go with COVID. This is just our base, this is what we could be offering, but there’s a chance maybe we won’t have enough kids signed up and we’ll have to cancel classes.”

Hansen said in a normal year all classes offered by the city are usually full to capacity. Registration opens May 3.

Soccer, sponsored by South Davis Recreation Center and played at Community Park will go on, along with tennis and basketball. Participants will not be required to wear masks.

“We’re trying to keep the programs and curriculum as normal as possible and we’re just trying to keep safe and sharing germs as little as possible,” Hansen said.

The city is also offering its traditional Movies in the Park at Smith Park which will begin in June. Social distancing between families will be enforced and masks will be required. Watch the city’s webpage and social media sites for information on dates, times and which movies will be shown.

No decision has yet been made about such festivities as the July 4 celebration although Mayor Clark Wilkinson did say in the March city newsletter that he hoped “some form of Fourth of July celebration” could be held.