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Rec department reopens

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee Recreation Department has reopened its doors, but it is not back to business as usual. Some services have not yet resumed.

The City Pool remains closed to the public but will offer limited access for certain uses.

"Swim team started back practicing," Tallassee Parks and Recreation director Tammy Merrett said. "We can't have swim lessons yet."

Water Aerobics classes will be offered at the pool beginning this week.

"It's going to be from 5:45-6:45 on Tuesdays. I think we can take up to 20."

The pool season traditionally runs from June 1 - July 31; however, having any type of season this year is in jeopardy, Merrett stated.

"We possibly could have a month of swimming. The kids enjoy it so much. It's sad they don't have these things to do, but we've got to be careful. With swim lessons, I'm hoping to have one or two sessions in July."

The weight and cardio rooms are open again and being cleaned regularly at the recreation center. The basketball gym is off limits. Tee ball has been canceled.

"Dixie Youth started back practicing," Merrett said. "With tee ball, our numbers are down. The (coronavirus) has affected so much. We didn't have enough to justify having the league. We're going to distribute all the checks back."

What will happen with upcoming programs remains to be seen. Soccer is scheduled for this fall.

"That's one of our bigger sports. Their numbers might have been bigger than tee ball. If high school opens back up, I think it will be a domino effect."