Reimagining Mason

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Keeping Mason safe will take a community effort. We are asking residents and businesses to remain responsible and diligent in following COVID-19 protocols.  Together, we can retain our culture of wellness.

“We can go back to Normal, or Move Forward”
John Friedman

The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to dramatically and irreversibly change many aspects of our lives.  As we reopen and return we can use this unintended and unexpected experience and thoughtfully and carefully implement the lessons we have learned to drive us to even greater achievements.

Concepts and ideas learned from COVID-19:

  • Emergency Preparedness. COVID-19 helped us more fully test and develop the City’s emergency preparedness plans.
  • Established the Nifty Yiftee Mason Come Together gift card system to strengthen promotional opportunities for Mason’s small businesses.
  • Virtual recreational programming.
  • Additional connectivity with seniors, veterans, and the community.
  • Updated and provided more complete contact information for employees, businesses, and residents.
  • Pandemic Daycare provided the opportunity to establish plans and procedures for daycare operations.
  • Expanded mobile technology including remote access to the City network and resources, Zoom, laptops, jet packs, iPads, smart phones, email distribution lists, LogMeIn, and file sharing.
  • Improved remote security software.
  • Established Video software technologies.
  • Updated City policies to be more reflective of current workforce.
  • Electronic submittals and virtual inspections.

During the pandemic the City re-prioritized resources to critical operations including Fire, Police, Wastewater, and Pandemic Daycare operations. And, unfortunately residents have seen a reduction in the services they have come to enjoy.  The Mason Incident Command Team has implemented a return to work plan including safety considerations to reopen and restart services and facilities. City resources are being directed to the backlog of work. As a result, normal routine schedules for services, including brush, park mowing, and inspections have been delayed. Crews are working diligently to restore routine schedules as quickly as possible.

The Community Center facility opened on June 15. Please click here for reopening FAQ’s.

The reopening of the Center and activities will be done in a cautious and purposeful manner. We are establishing protocols and procedures as cautionary measures for our members. Members will be encouraged to follow these protocols. Ultimately, members should evaluate what is in the best interest of themselves and their family for returning to the Center. We encourage members to check out our virtual and other Community Center programming opportunities. Please follow City of Mason Recreation for activities and programs to get involved with at home.

We can’t wait for you to see the changes we have made at the Center!

During the Community Center closure, we have been able to take advantage of completing some exciting projects for our members including:

  • Installed a new Gymnasium floor.
  • Resurfaced the walking track.
  • Repaired water valves in the locker rooms to provide consistent hot water in the showers.
  • Tile repair was completed in the pool and locker room areas.
  • New wall mounted fans installed in Studio B.
  • New rack with weighted barbells added to the Fitness Floor.
  • Pools were drained and cleaned.
  • Completed Senior Center renovations including two restrooms, new entrance, and new flooring and counter space.

Community Center staff and the Incident Command Team have developed a phased plan to begin reopening areas of the facility. The reopening phases will reflect mandatory and recommended protocols that are very different from how operations were when the facility closed in March. Most significant is the guideline requiring the facility to operate at 50% of regular capacity and by appointment in many cases.  Phase II includes:

  • The contracted postal unit in Symbiosis is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Fitness Floor and pools continue to operate 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • The Gymnasium and Field House will reopen for non-contact use. The Center will not provide high touch equipment like basketballs during Phase II.
  • Kids Korner will reopen in a modified capacity by appointment only.
  • A modified Group Exercise schedule for land based classes will begin. Water based Group Exercise classes will resume in Phase 3 in August.
  • The rock climbing wall will reopen 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

What Patrons Can Anticipate When Visiting Center:

  • A limited number of participants on the Fitness Floor, pools and inside the facility at any one time.
  • Access to the Center will be by appointment only through Sunday, July 5.
  • Hand sanitization units are located throughout the facility.
  • Furniture is being removed along Main Street, Café and other areas to discourage congregating.
  • Members are encouraged to bring their own towels. Complimentary towel service will be eliminated due to safety concerns.
  • Air purifiers are installed to continually assist with disinfecting surfaces.
  • Patrons are encouraged to wear masks while in public areas (Main Street, etc.).
  • Sneeze guards are present at customer service/membership service counters.
  • Employees are cleaning and sanitizing regularly.
  • Patrons are encouraged to clean and sanitize equipment after usage.
  • Patrons should continue practicing social distancing and minimize interactions with others.
  • We reserve the right to screen patrons who are in the Center and are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Mason Municipal Aquatic Center

With the arrival of summer we know you are interested in the status of the new outdoor pool. Construction of the new Mason Municipal Aquatics Center is ongoing and we are hopeful for a sneak peek opening of the leisure pool and splash pad in late summer. Please visit our dedicated website for this project for regular updates.

Summer Swim Lessons

Swim lesson programming will be offered in a modified fashion, semi-private, beginning Monday, July 6. Click here to register.

Summer Camps

Thank you for your continued commitment to Mason Community Center. Out of an abundance of caution to keep camper and employee safety at the forefront, some summer camps have been canceled for the month of July and some will be offered in a modified format.

The following camps held at Mason Community Center will be canceled:

  • iDap camps
  • Abrakadoodle camps
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park camps
  • Summer Fun Camp (full day option)
  • Summer Fun Camp Extended Care
  • Summer Fun Camp CIT program

The following camps held at Mason Community Center will run modified with safety protocols:

  • Outdoor camps offered by Skyhawks will not be canceled and will run as scheduled with safety protocols in place.
  • The Summer Little Feet 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. session will run as scheduled beginning Monday, July 6. A second half day session will also be offered each weekday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can participate in one of the two sessions. Social distancing practices and safety protocols will be in place at camp and each group will have a ratio of 2 counselors for every 8 campers. Each group of 8 campers will participate in camp activities in separate rooms. Participants currently enrolled in this camp do not need to do anything at this time. However, parents that may not be interested in attending camp in July can request a refund for the July registration. Parents can also request to change from the morning session to the afternoon session if preferred. We ask that any cancellations change requests for this program are requested by Friday, June 5 so participants on waiting list can be enrolled into the program.
  • Summer Fun Camp will operate as a half day program as well. A 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. session will be offered weekdays beginning July 6 for children that are 6 to 12 years of age. Participants can participate in one of the two sessions. Social distancing practices and safety protocols will be in place at camp and each group will have a ratio of 2 counselors for every 8 campers. Each group of 8 campers will participate in camp activities in separate rooms. We understand the modified format for Summer Fun Camp will not be a good fit for all families. Families not interested in participating in the modified format will receive a full refund for their camp enrollment. Families that are interested in participating in the half day program will be provided a refund for the difference in price from the full day program to the half day program.

We recognize the impact recent events have had on families. These changes to programming were difficult to make but will offer a safe and fun opportunity for children to socialize and develop new skills through play this summer.

Refund checks for June summer camps will be mailed in June. Refund checks for July will follow a similar schedule once processed.

The Governor announced opening of playgrounds at parks beginning June 10. Unfortunately the cleaning guidelines and protocols communicated with those orders are unattainable at this time.

Although City of Mason park facilities and playgrounds opened June 10, we encourage you to not use the playgrounds at this time. Please be cautious when playing in the parks as playground equipment is cleaned infrequently and not the hourly cleaning as recommended to meet COVID-19 guidelines.