The City of North Port is moving forward to re-open all City facilities with precautions.
After review of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent order and the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” Phase 2 reopening plan, the City of North Port is moving forward to re-open all City facilities with precautions. This includes City Hall. However, due to limitations set by the Governor, including only allowing for groups of up to 50 people to gather as long as they are social distancing, public meetings will still be limited to access digitally. These plans may change as new information is obtained.
City re-openings include expanded public access to Parks & Recreation facilities. To support a safe environment for patrons and staff, current recommendations for physical distancing, cleaning/sanitation protocols, and capacity reductions will be implemented and adjusted as needed to remain in compliance with current health guidelines.
The North Port Aquatic Center recreational amenities, which include the lazy river, water slides, and splashground, are anticipated to re-open on June 15, pending the approval of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The diving well will also re-open on June 15, and annual passes that provide full facility access will automatically be re-instated. The competition pool re-opened on June 1 and will continue to offer lap lane reservations in one-hour increments at no additional cost. Reservations will be available 24 hours in advance and patrons may make one reservation per day by calling 941-429-PARK(7275). Lap lanes are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservation required.
Starting June 15, the hours of operation for the North Port Aquatic Center will be:
Monday – Friday:
• Competition Pool: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 12-1 p.m. break for cleaning.
• Water Park: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:
• Competition Pool: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., 12-1 p.m. break for cleaning.
• Water Park: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Patrons visiting the Aquatic Center will notice new signage recognizing our amenity sponsors, Superior Pools and the Southwest Florida Water Polo Foundation. We appreciate their continued support of the Aquatic Center, as well as the contributions of our sponsorship wall partners.
The Morgan Family Community Center and amenities are already open. On June 8, the Teen Center and Game Room at the Morgan Family Community Center re-opened to the public. The facility will continue to follow an amended operating schedule and is open on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Facility rentals will resume on June 15 for the Morgan Center conference room, the Scout House at Dallas White Park, and the Community Education Center all at reduced capacity. However, the Morgan Center art room, multipurpose room, and the meeting room will remain closed throughout summer to accommodate summer camp modifications to provide for physical distancing.
Warm Mineral Springs Park re-opened on June 1 with regular operating hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily) with limited capacity per the current guidelines. As restrictions ease, Warm Mineral Springs Park is prepared to increase the attendees per the guidelines in effect at that time. Currently it’s at 375. The spa services will remain temporarily closed at this time.
Outdoor rentals of pavilions can also resume starting June 15 at reduced capacities. All current public health recommendations regarding washing hands and physical distancing remain in effect. Please follow these guidelines and help monitor your own family. We support the National Recreation and Park Association philosophy that recreation is essential to mental and physical health and are relying on the public’s cooperation to keep everyone healthy.
For questions about parks and facilities, please reach out to North Port Parks & Recreation at Parks@CityOfNorthPort.com or call 941-429-PARK(7275). For the latest information on COVID-19, visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/Alerts.