Chattanooga will reopen its 18 Youth and Family Development Centers on June 1.
At a city council committee meeting and agenda session on Tuesday, city chief of staff Brent Goldberg and YFD deputy administrator Jason McKinney presented to the council plans to reopen, as promised last week.
As of June 1, all YFD centers will be open for regular use from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Seniors’ centers will also open on June 1, at regular times.
In general, masks will continue to be required for unvaccinated adults at all sites, while masks will be optional for those under 18 in accordance with upcoming guidelines from Hamilton County Schools.
Some YFD centers will offer extended hours for teen programming at sites that historically have served large numbers of teens. These will include Carver, South Chattanooga, Washington Hills, and Eastdale.
Unless there is a specific need to open later, these four venues will be open until 8:30 p.m. for activities such as movie nights, night swims, and basketball tournaments.
As the city waited until Tuesday to announce details of most YFD centers, last week six summer camp sites – Avondale, Brainerd, Carver, Hixson, JA Patten and South Chattanooga – were confirmed for open June 7. Each location can accommodate 75 children. .
The city has also confirmed four additional camps at the Eastdale, Washington Hills, Shepherd and Westside sites, which will be open to drop-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
One camp will focus on teaching young people about media production, such as creating videos, graphic design and studio recordings, according to social media posts Tuesday. Registrations are already open for Go Live! camp, which will run from June 1 to July 31 and has open locations for 25 students. Registrations are available via the links on the YFD Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Warner Park pool is scheduled to open on May 29, and the municipal pools at the Carver, Brainerd and Chattanooga South sites will open on June 7 at 75% capacity.
All venues in the city will be limited this summer based on the indoor capacity of each center, with the smallest location accommodating 30 people, and Goldberg said guidelines are subject to change as COVID-19 data changes.
While the staffing of YFD centers was raised as an initial concern last week, Goldberg said the city was working with what it had. Applications for temporary agents are now closed, but can be reopened later if the need persists.
âWith our staffing challenges around summer camp, we’re basically opening as much as possible between June 1 and June 7,â he said.
District 9 Councilor Demetrus Coonrod, who has championed the reopening of the centers as quickly and safely as possible, thanked Mayor Tim Kelly’s team for their swift response after large numbers of community members gathered. addressed to council last week, expressing concerns about the prolongation of the situation, 14-month shutdown.
âThank you for all of your hard work in making sure our sites are open and safe. I appreciate you listening to the community,â she said. âAs we learned last week how important our YFD sites are, we still want to provide an open community refuge and asset, to be safe and to follow all guidelines.â
Goldberg also thanked Coonrod for “pushing us to make sure all sites are open and represent the community.”
âWe have heard it loud and clear, and we are happy to be able to open these sites,â he said.
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