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Meanwhile, with memberships on hold and facilities unable to monetize fully, the department took a hit financially.

“There is definitely revenue loss, because we are not renting our facilities now,” Sayers said a few weeks ago.

Sayers and the rec department tried to utilize the downtime as much as possible. She said they got a “good bit of maintenance” done at the Aquaplex since doors were closed, in addition to getting some minor repairs done at the other facilities such as deep cleanings and painting.

Now, Sayers and others are working on opening the other facilities, especially once Council gives them direction to do so. For instance, staff is placing safe-distancing stickers on the floor at the Aquaplex, and posting safety and guideline signs throughout the building. 

Sayers said only parts of the Aquaplex will be available — the gym and fitness areas — once the OK is given to make it available for use. She said the pool is part of a different tier of the overall reopening plans.

Staff is also keeping track of how the school district is handling its reopening phases before considering opening the doors to Hal Jensen, which mostly is for Flagstaff’s youth.

If schools begin to reopen, for instance, Sayers said the rec department will work with the district to offer after-school options.