By Katy Peterson, Parks & Recreation Department
UPDATE (1/14/21): The recent rise in local COVID-19 cases has led the Parks and Recreation Department to delay the reopening of senior programs. We’ll re-evaluate the program every two weeks.
The Parks and Recreation Department is delighted to start 2021 by welcoming senior adults (ages 55+) back to our facilities. The staff has worked diligently on a smooth return to our programs in the safest possible way.
The Meyer Senior and Community Center and Lincoln Recreation Center open for limited programming on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Class sizes are limited to 10 and require advance registration. Programs include shading with colored pencils, Foreversize, line dancing, bingo, movie club, computer club, and basic jewelry making.
Members can rest assured that the Parks and Recreation Department follows CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines. Members must:
- Follow facility policies regarding behavior, hygiene, health practices, social distancing, and CDC recommendations.
- Wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.
- Register for programs and pass a wellness screening that includes a verbal questionnaire and temperature check when entering the facility.
- Enter the facility no more than 15 minutes before the scheduled class. When your class is completed, exit the building within five minutes to allow the staff time to sanitize appropriately and prepare for the next session.
- Bring their coffee, drinks, and snacks. Refreshments aren’t provided.
The changes will take getting used to, but we’re all looking forward to our new normal while welcoming old and new faces into our programs.
To learn more about our senior programs and protocols, visit cstx.gov/Seniors or call 979-764-6371.
Katy Peterson is in her eighth year with the Parks and Recreation Department. She previously served as the tourism and educational sales manager at Moody Gardens in Galveston. She also worked for The Texas A&M University System Offices, Treasury Services, and Department of Risk Management under Chancellor Robert McTeer for several years.