No appointment needed: Fairbanks Borough Parks and Rec facilities return to normal operation

Published: Jun. 7, 2021 at 3:40 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Borough Parks and Rec department announced that facilities are returning to normal operations.

According to Steve Taylor, Recreation Superintendent for the Parks and Recreation Department, various facilities required reservations. “All of our programs were a reservation based system because we had facility capacities in all of our locations. So by having reservations, we weren’t having to turn people away, walk-ins that were showing up... [it was] just an easier way of managing the flow of traffic. So reservations were kind of the way and we had reduced occupancy in all of the facilities.”

Now however, facilities like the Mary Siah Recreation Center, Hamme Pool and the Big Dipper Ice Arena are allowing drop-ins.

“As of, I believe it was right after Memorial Day, the mayor loosened up restrictions, essentially trying to open up access to the public for public facilities. I recommend people look at the schedule first and know what programs are being offered when; but yeah, everything is drop-in based at this point with all of our recreational programs. So rec skates, open swims, lap swims, those sorts of things are drop in-based now - no reservations needed,” Taylor remarked .

Locker rooms and showers are also open for use at these facilities. While masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, vaccinated individuals are free to not wear one. Lessons are also available, but there are some restrictions.

“It’s been a tough year and everyone. The public and staff [had] to be operating at reduced capacity. We’re excited to be offering swim lessons again. That’s still one area where we have a little bit of a restriction. For staff we’re still requiring a six foot distance between the public, so we’re not able to offer in-person instruction for swim lessons - so the younger kids still have to have parents in the water,” Taylor commented.

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