SOLON, Ohio – Rich Parker, the city’s recreation director, says both outdoor pools will be fully operational this summer.
Parker, who also manages the Solon Community Center, shared this good news with the city council on Monday (May 17th).
The fun begins on Memorial Day weekend as the outdoor pool at the Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Parkway, is open May 29-31. Hours of operation for those three days are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Parker said.
The regular opening hours for the Community Center pool will be extended from June 4 to August 17, but have not yet been finalized, he said. Residents should check the city’s website, solonohio.org, for reservation times when that information is available.
The Solon Municipal Pool at 33655 Arthur Road will be open all summer from June 4 to August 17, Parker said. That pool will also remain open from August 19 to September 30, he added.
The Solon Municipal Pool was open for two months last summer, but with some restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outdoor pool at the Solon Community Center was closed all summer.
Masks required by June 2nd
Mayor Ed Kraus informed the city council on Monday that city officials decided to keep wearing face masks indoors, in town hall and other public buildings until June 2.
“Obviously things will change dramatically on June 2nd,” he said.
Governor Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday (May 12) that Ohio would lift its state mandate on face masks and all remaining coronavirus health care contracts except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities on June 2.
Indoor activities for seniors
Jill Frankel, the city’s senior citizen director, said the Solon Senior Center will resume limited indoor activities with a gradual approach in early June.
“We started personal outdoor activities in April and there was a lot of excitement for them just to come back in person,” she said. “The outdoors really is the safest place for everyone and we plan to do so in this milder weather.”
New software program
Frankel said the senior center is also looking forward to moving to CivicRec, the new membership and program registration software for the Leisure Department, Senior Care and Solon Center for the Arts, approved by the council on Monday.
“We believe it will be easier for the seniors who learned to register online earlier this year,” she said.
The software package was purchased through the municipal government’s cooperative purchasing program for general services at a price of $ 39,030 for the first year and $ 28,125 for the second year.
Ward 3 councilor Jeremy Zelwin said the city is looking for new online software for these departments as MaxGalaxy, the former recreational software program, needs to be replaced due to server problems and other factors.
The council also confirmed Kraus’ appointment of Stephen Fein to the city’s Charter Review Commission, representing Ward 6.
Fein replaces Brian Maiden, who resigned on May 11th after not attending any of its meetings since April 1st.
The commission has met four times since then and is due to meet again on May 25 at 7.30 p.m. in the town hall.
The city will hold a memorial service at Roselawn Cemetery on May 31 at 10 a.m. Vice Mayor Nancy Meany encouraged residents to attend “so we can honor our veterans”.
No meeting July 5th
The council voted to cancel its meeting, which was scheduled for July 5th, instead of postponing it to July 6th. The city observes the July 4th holidays on July 5th. Meany said a special council meeting could be scheduled this week if necessary.
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