MANCHESTER — After closing most town facilities to the public and canceling recreation programs for the season, town officials announced Tuesday that certain buildings will reopen this month in a modified format.
The Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation announced Tuesday that some in-person programs can resume and facilities such as the Community Y Fitness Center will be reopened with modified hours beginning Feb. 22.
The Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center on Spruce Street will remain closed, with public access by appointment only. The Mahoney Recreation Center on Cedar Street will begin to offer activity programming on a modified schedule, and the Community Y Recreation Center also will reopen with a modified schedule.
Residents can register online or over the phone to find times when the facilities are available.
The Community Y Fitness Center will also reopen, but only by reservation. The fitness center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Residents can reserve an hour block of the space a week in advance. Even with the fitness center reopening, masks are mandatory when entering and exiting the facility and during the duration of the workout.
As has been the case, all of Manchester’s parks and trails are open for public use. Drop-in, unsupervised ice skating under the lights at Union Pond Park and Charter Oak Park when ice conditions are suitable is allowed. Tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, and playgrounds are all back open in the parks, though public restrooms remain closed.
Several recreation programs will now run on a modified schedule starting Feb. 22 as well, but all indoor youth and adult organized sports have been canceled for the time being.
Further, the Northwest Park Early Childhood Center and the Teen Center and offices will remain closed to the public with access to staff by appointment only. Small group meetings for the Youth Service Bureau will continue to occur virtually.
For questions, contact the Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation, at 860-647-3084 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.