Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–After reopening in mid May, the Muscatine Community Y has worked to find ways to bring back or create programming that meets social distancing requirements. “We’re just excited about those summer classes we’re offering now, and there will be even more in July and August,” said Nicole McCleary, marketing and fund director for the Y. “We want to keep everyone safe and it takes some trial and error.”

For children in kindergarten through sixth grade, the Y developed an all new Drop-In Olympic Sports program to help give kids the opportunity to try new sports while still social distancing as much as possible. Held outside through July 30, children can try a wide variety of sports, such as basketball, football, hockey, soccer, and track and field. Attendees will play in small groups based on their age. Kids may come to as many sessions as they like. Members may attend for free and non-members may purchase a five visit punch card for $10. McCleary says the program aims to help children discover which sports they enjoy and to help the Y decide what programs to offer this fall. “It’s a really nice introduction to those things,” she stated. “Based on what the kids tell us they like or not will help us design our fall programs.”

For teens, the Y will offer many of its regular groups, including art, science, card, indoor cycling, and girls and boys specific clubs. To help attendees social distance, each club will allow only ten participants at a time and what McCleary described as “vigorous cleaning” will take place in between all events. McCleary feels these small group experiences benefit youth as they each receive more personal attention. All teen programs come with no cost, making them available to all.

Last week, individual swim lessons for returning students resumed, with lessons spread out over the course of the day to allow staff to clean the pool hourly. The Y hopes to gradually expand individual lessons in the coming weeks.

McCleary reports that nearly all adult fitness classes have resumed, with limitations on size to ensure participants can stay at least six feet away from each other. “I’m really glad that we have a lot of our adult fitness classes up and running she shared,” adding that she expects more to return in July and August. To see which classes have resumed, McCleary encourages people to view their online program guide. Classes currently operating appear in color, while those on hold appear in gray. Y staff updates the document regularly to keep it up to date. the Y also shares new class announcements via their Facebook page.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic makes this summer different, the Y hopes to help keep the community safe and engaged.

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