Durango Community Recreation Center reopens on Sunday – the Durango Herald


City is working to get the facility back on the pre-pandemic schedule

The Durango Community Recreation Center will reopen on Sunday, effective immediately. (Durango Herald file)

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Durango Community Recreation Center will be open on Sundays from now on.

“We will be open seven days a week now,” said Ture Nycum, director of parks and recreation for Durango.

From Sunday, the leisure center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the swimming pool open from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, the recreation center extended its opening hours for the climbing wall on Saturday. It will now be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Deputy recreation director Kelli Jaycox said reopening on Sunday gives the recreation center more time to schedule activities like pickleball.

Jaycox said the recreation center fitness classes have become very popular with more likely to be added in the new year.

The Parks and Recreation Department has stepped up operations at the recreation center after it was forced to close due to COVID-19 in 2020.

“As the capacity of the people we were allowed to have in the facility increased, we slowly increased our hours of operation,” Jaycox said.

Nycum said the hours are still not quite back to where they were before the pandemic. He said the recreation center was still closing about an hour earlier than before COVID-19.

“We will be going back to our normal hours, I just cannot respond when it could be,” he said. “We adapt as the community adapts. “

The recreation center has also attempted to add staff to accommodate the return to normal hours.

“Like every other business in the community that is experiencing staff shortages, so are we,” Nycum said. “We really need more lifeguards to relieve our current staff a bit. “

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