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COVID-19 UPDATE

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thank you to our program participants, families, volunteers and employees while we have been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.  Over the past few weeks, we did not want to prematurely cancel any programs and had remained hopeful that we would be able to postpone and just get a later start than usual; especially with our spring sports.  Unfortunately, we are now at the point where it is evident that the best course of action is to officially cancel our spring Youth Track, Little League Baseball, Ponytail Softball and Outdoor Soccer programs.  The future is still uncertain, but if at all possible and interest is there, we will be looking into the possibility of offering some sports programs during the summer.

In regards to registration fees for these programs, household credits will be issued and those funds will be available for use in payment for any future WSRPD activities, programs, facility rentals, etc.  If a refund is preferred, please submit a request in writing (include the participant’s name and program) to info@wsrpd.com.

In addition to spring youth sports, we will be issuing credits for any fees paid for activities (youth, active adults) that were cancelled backdating to March 14, 2020.  Classes that were in progress (March 2020) will be credited at 50% of fees paid.  This includes Fitness Classes, Dance, Karate, Gymnastics and Staying Fit.

Recreation Center memberships will remain “on hold” and will resume once we are able to resume operations.

Preschool will continue with distance learning and activities and we are available to students and parents via email, Facebook and phone.  Further updates will be provided at a later date.

As of now, we are still taking things day by day and will continue to be closed through the month of April.  We will reevaluate our situation at that time and keep you posted on our status.  We appreciate your support, understanding and patience and can’t wait to see you again!   If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us at 763-4246 or info@wsrpd.com.  Take care and stay well!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 all West Side Recreation & Park District offices, buildings and non-essential services will close until at least April 14, 2020 in response to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.

The following facilities and programs will be closed to the public until further notice:
•  District Office
•  Recreation Center
•  Community Center
•  Skate Park
•  Public restrooms located in District parks
•  Rentals and reservations

The following services will be continue until further notice:
•  Phone assistance via the District Office and Recreation Center
•  District Office phone hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm and Friday, 8am-1pm
•  Recreation Center phone hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
•  Community outreach and referrals via the West Side Outreach & Learning Center in partnership via First 5 Kern
•  Meals on Wheels to-go meals and deliveries
•  Parks: Drop-in use only (restrooms will remain closed)
•  Board Meeting: March 23
•  Basic park and building maintenance

We will keep you posted in the event of any changes to the above. Please give us a call at 661-763-4246 or 661-765-6677 or email us at info@wsrpd.com if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you!

 

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March 13, 2020

West Side Recreation & Park District has been serving the community on the westside for over 60 years. Safety and the cleanliness’ of our facilities/programs has always been paramount. In light of the situation surrounding Covid-19, we have and will continue to make steps to ensure the safety and the well-being of the community that visits the Recreation Center and other facilities is our central focus. With that being stated; ALL essential functions of West Side Recreation & Park District will continue unless something changes and/or notice from the State of California is given in the future. Unfortunately, however all non-essential programs and facilities will either be minimized, postponed and or shut down starting today (March 13, 2020) and we will re-evaluate March 29, 2020. Please see the following information as it relates to essential and non-essential:

STAYING OPEN/CONTINUING (Essential Programs)

1.  Senior Nutrition will continue to offer packaged meals for seniors to pick up and take home. In addition, those seniors that can not make it to the center, Meals on Wheels will continue to deliver and remain operational. Congregate meals however are being suspended until further notice. If you have questions and or need assistance regarding Senior Nutrition please contact (661) 763-1535.

2.  Our partnership with First 5 and our ongoing effort as the West Side Outreach & Learning Center will continue, which includes Preschool. With that being said if there our families in need please visit the Administration Building located at 500 Cascade place during normal business hours.

3.  Consultations/minimized activities with clients involving health and wellness located at the Recreation Center.  (Personal training appointments and West Side Outreach & Learning Center consultations only.)

4.  Reservations and/or Facility rentals will be discussed and/or determined on a case by case basis.

5.  Parks: The community can utilize Parks but please see the below comments regarding health and safe practices

POSTPONED/SUSPENDED (Non-essential)

1.  Youth Track
2.  Youth Soccer
3.  Little League Baseball and Softball
4.  Classes
5.  Recreation Center normal hours and events (including use of gymnasium and weight/cardio rooms)
6.  Community and youth events
7.  Senior Activities and Bingo

Recreation and Park District staff will be on site at the Recreation Center from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 7 days a week and Administration Building staff will be on site as mentioned earlier from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us at (661) 763-4246 or (661) 765-6677.

We appreciate your patience and grace with us. Thank you!

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  What We Know & What We are Doing

To Our Valued Customers/Community:

COVID-19 is believed to spread in similar ways as the common cold, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. A health care provider can give you instructions for seeking care, including options for testing, while minimizing the risk of exposing others. While overall risk of catching the disease is low, our professional personal trainers and rec center staff at West Side Recreation follows every precaution for reducing the spread of infectious diseases at all times, not just during periods of high risk. Our teams are closely monitoring developments on the outbreak and are taking the appropriate steps – consistent with CDC and WHO recommendations – to help support the ongoing health and safety of our employees, patients and clients. Rest assured, all surfaces and equipment used have always and will continue to be disinfected after each patient encounter, an on-going protocol through our “wash-in wash-out” program.

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we are advised to screen all new clients for recent travel to any location confirmed by the CDC to have confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. Any travel completed between December and now is considered recent travel. If a patient/client reports that at least two weeks have passed since their return from one of the CDC-reported countries and no symptoms have presented, our physical therapy and performance team can proceed with the appointment. We also advise clients who are experiencing acute respiratory illness, including symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, to remain home and reschedule appointments.

Rest assure, your West Side Recreation team values your health and is always diligent in disinfecting our facilities, bathrooms, equipment, and most importantly ourselves.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
You can protect yourself from COVID-19 infection the same ways you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.
* Sanitize your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time. Alcohol gel works well in most
situations (like after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose), but hand washing with soap
and water should be performed after going to the bathroom, before eating, or when your
hands are visibly soiled
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (putting a tissue
on a table contaminates the surface of the table with germs)
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
* Stay home when you are sick
* Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a cleaning spray or wipe
* Avoid travel to high-risk countries

The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website, which is being updated frequently.

Based on the guidance we’ve received from various health agencies, our own preparedness and the current state of our operations, we are confident our essential programs and activities will continue unless otherwise directed by the State of California.

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