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For Immediate Release
News Date: January 04, 2021

Residents Can Beat the Winter Blues by Signing Up for Columbus Recreation and Parks Winter Programs

COLUMBUS, OH – Don’t let the cold weather keep you at home. Beat the winter blues by staying active and connecting with others through Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Winter Session programs and activities.

Residents of all ages can access a range of activities, including dance classes, sports skills and drills, arts classes and fitness centers. Community centers will also continue to offer Active Learning Points where students can receive assistance with and complete schoolwork. Many activities are low- or no-cost.

“The pandemic has been stressful for everyone, impacting our physical and mental health. I’m excited we’re able to continue offering a safe place for the community to engage in a variety of activities,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “Our mission is to connect our community with nature, wellness and creativity, and that’s incredibly important during this pandemic.”

The Winter Session runs Jan. 19-March 13. Beginning Jan. 4, residents can view and register for activities online at bit.ly/CRPD-Register. Those without internet access can register by calling or stopping by their local community center. A list of community centers is available online at bit.ly/CRPD-CommunityCenters

The health and safety of participants and staff is the department’s first priority. Robust safety protocols continue to be in place, including:

  • Registration and class size are limited.
  • Access to facilities is limited to registered participants and staff, with the exception of those who are onsite for in-person registration.
  • Participants must perform daily well checks at home. If anyone is feeling sick (cough, fever, nausea, runny nose, etc.), they must stay home.
  • Staff will perform temperature checks on participants when they arrive.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times unless otherwise noted.
  • Social distancing–staying six feet away from others–must be observed at all times, with an understanding of the challenges and limitations for social distancing with very young children and individuals with disabilities.

View the full list of COVID-19 precautions for all Columbus Recreation and Parks Department facilities online at columbus.gov/recparkscovid19/.

“Our safety protocols have proven to be effective in the last six months,” said Rakosky. “Because residents and staff continue to follow these protocols diligently, we’re able to continue our programming safely.”    

Parks and trails continue to serve as a safe and accessible way to get outdoors. Although the winter weather is cold, it is important to follow all safety protocols–practice social distancing, clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer and stay home if you are not feeling well.