The Colorado Mesa University (CMU) Hamilton Recreation Center reopened on May 11 under strict guidelines established by the medical and health experts on their Safe Together, Stronger Together task force.
One week after opening, Lynn Wilson, the director of Campus Recreation at CMU, said students and staff are taking their new responsibilities seriously. “They are happy we are open and have a new appreciation for what an amazing and important facility our recreation center truly is,” she said.
Further elaborating, Wilson shared feedback from patrons adhering to the reopening guidelines has been positive and they too are aware of the role they play in keeping the campus safe. “They are embracing the modified operations and precautions that have been adapted,” she said. “The cooperation and understanding are symbolic of what it means to be a CMU Maverick by taking responsibility for making a facility safe.”
Phase One of the Hamilton Rec Center reopening guidelines are as follows.
Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
30 people at one time
60-minute maximum workout time
To help keep track of the 30-person capacity guideline, Wilson incorporated a creative solution by using the wrestling team’s score clock at the front desk. “Patrons can see the number, and staff adjust that number as students enter or exit,” she explained.
Wilson shared the check-in process is deliberate, thorough and takes additional time but is necessary for sustaining a Safe Together, Stronger Together recreation community. Her advice to other rec centers beginning to reopen is to be prepared, and adapt and improve your plan based on new information and continually emerging best practices.
“You must be diligent in re-training staff and be clear with them that we are all part of defining what campus life looks like moving forward,” said Wilson. “Together, we will find creative solutions to be safe, strong and healthy.”
Bonus: Check out this video from InnoSoft for an inside look into Colorado Mesa’s reopening.