The Ottawa Recreation Commission is set to reopen the Goppert Community Center and activities beginning Tuesday.


ORC officials said it is important to understand that reopening the ORC will be on a trial basis.


"There will be an increased risk of exposure to our patrons and staff," they said. "The ORC has been working diligently to develop a plan to reopen as safely as possible."


The staff is following the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA) guidelines to reintroduce parks and recreation services and programs, while protecting the community’s health and safety.


This plan was designed to mitigate the risk of exposure and ensure the health and wellness of the community, ORC officials said.


Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday Kansas entered Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Plan on Friday. The ORC will gradually reopen during Phase 2. Here are the general guidelines for Phase 2:


• Patrons entering the facility are recommended to wear a face mask but are not required.


• Social distancing strategies will be implemented.


• Intensified cleaning/disinfection schedules will be implemented throughout the facility by ORC staff.


• Hand sanitation and cleaning stations will be located throughout the facility.


• Signage will be posted throughout facility.


• Occupancy capacity per active zone is 15.


Upstairs Fitness Area (Phase 2)


• Equipment will be spaced to enhance social distancing guidelines.


• If equipment is unable to be spaced, use of some equipment will be blocked.


• Patrons and guests should help and clean their equipment before and after use.


• All free weight and loose equipment during this phase will not be allowed — jump ropes, foam rollers, exercise balls, etc.


• Current facility age requirements apply for the fitness area.


• Patrons and guests should adhere to the taped lines on the track to help with social distancing.


Gymnasium (Phase 2)


• Distancing signs will be posted


• No basketballs will be allowed to check out for the gym (patrons are allowed to bring in their personal basketballs).


• No pickup games allowed during this phase.


• Bleacher use will be limited.


• Youths entering the building 14 years or younger must have a parent with them to enter the facility.


Hours of Operation (Phase 2)


• Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.


• Tuesdays and Thursday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.


• ORC will not be open on weekends during this phase.


• Rentals will not be allowed during this phase


Phase 3 and Phase Out Programs (June 8)


ORC staff will continue to put together plans for programs and activities with the anticipations of providing these in Phase 3 and Phase Out. Programs and activities include baseball/softball camps and clinic, soccer camp, volleyball camp, summer camp, fitness classes, personal training, PATH and pickleball.


The ORC has dedicated commitment to opening our operations in a safe and protective manner, officials said. During each new phase of Gov. Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra Plan, the ORC will review all guidelines/restrictions in place and revise them as needed.