The recreation staff has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic to determine the best time to restart its programming. After closely examining all the data, from the ages and number of people who enroll in the programs to the availability of facilities to the uncertainty of when the state would deem it safe to resume gathering in large groups, the staff came to the difficult decision to cancel Camp Chippeewee, Summer Playground Camp, Sportz Zone, as well as Senior Lunches and the Fourth of July festivities, including the fireworks, this year.
“Looking at what we do and how our residents are used to enjoying the events, in large groups, clustered together, we could not in good conscience return to those programs and ensure the participants would be safe,” said Recreation Director David Donnellan. “So much of what we do happens closer than six feet to other people. It’s just not possible to keep people apart and run the same quality programs we enjoy. Additionally, the availability of indoor facilities for inclement weather and destinations for field trips just aren’t there.”
The annual fireworks and community day celebration, held every July 4th, is cancelled. “Even if we blocked off the park and other areas where we know residents congregate, there would be no way for us to prevent people gathering in groups at homes or in other places, such as the parking garages or ridgetops of our neighborhoods,” Donnellan said. “At this point, we wouldn’t be able to control that. Having the fireworks would be inviting those gatherings to happen. As long as public health officials tell us that behavior is not safe, we cannot do things to encourage it.”
Senior Lunches are cancelled until all restrictions are lifted. “We understand how much our active adults love these programs, but because that population is especially vulnerable to the virus, we have to be able to entertain them without putting them at undue risk,” Donnellan said.
The Mt. Lebanon Golf Course is open for play, with some new rules requiring social distancing and other safety protocols. Details are available here: www.mtlebanon.org/194/Golf-Course
Since indoor recreation is not permitted in the Yellow Phase, Mt. Lebanon recreation crews are taking down the surface at the rink and it will not open before August 1. That tentative date is dependent on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other recommendations from the state and county.
The staff will continue to evaluate other programs, classes and events to see if they are able to conduct those safely. Stay up-to-date by frequently checking mtlebanon.org/corona and click on the OPEN as well as the CANCELLATIONS and CLOSURES tabs.