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THPRD reopened the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center and the Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center.

PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Allan Tubbin walks on a treadmill at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center.

For the first time since spring, people are working out at two prominent Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District facilities.

The Tualatin Hills Athletic Center and the Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center are now open to the public once again — albeit in a somewhat limited capacity — as of Monday, Aug. 31. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, THPRD had to shut down its facilities under Gov. Kate Brown's stay-at-home order.

As for the pools at Conestoga, they will remain closed until Washington County enters "Phase 2" of the state's reopening framework. It's unclear when that might happen.

Conestoga facility manager Catherine Ellis says she's excited to welcome people back into the building.

"So far, everybody's been very accommodating and very happy," Ellis said. "Anybody is who is ready to come back to the facility is coming back with that great attitude and understands that there are things in place to help us follow the safety and health guidelines, for themselves and for our staff as well."

The facility is spacing out weight and cardio equipment, removing equipment to increase space in pathways, and limiting the number of people per class.

A yoga class, said Ellis, usually has 20 people but is now down to 12.

"We're following (guidelines for) the Oregon Health Authority and CDC requirements for fitness facilities, and they have strict square footage per person (rules) that we have to follow," she explained.

PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Parker Gibson, left, leads a yoga class for Laura Nelson, back left, and Terry Rabot at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Despite the restrictions, Allan Tubbin, who attended Conestoga's reopening, is excited to get back into his workout schedule.

"I was over here three times per week until they closed," recalled Tubbin. "I'm glad they're back open."

Tubbin tried to stay busy while the facility was closed but couldn't do the same amount of cardiovascular activity at home.

"I was hoping they would open sooner," he said with a chuckle.

If you're planning on visiting the Conestoga or Tualatin Hills facility, reservations are required for most activities. People will be able to register for various amenities such as the weight room or sign up for classes online.

Reservations can be made one week in advance for use of the weight room, fitness classes, and indoor courts and gyms.

PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Folks  walk on treadmills at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center.

The Tualatin Hills Athletic Center will be offering a weight and cardio area, fitness and yoga classes, and access to the walking track by reservation.

This site will also be offering drop-in pickleball, table tennis and badminton. Four people will be allowed per court.

Personal training sessions are also available.

"These spaces really do belong to the public, and (they) are treasured and needed," said Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District spokesperson Holly Thompson.

The Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Saturday, at 9985 S.W. 125th Ave. in Beaverton. The Tualatin Hills Athletic Center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Some facilities expected to be open later this fall include the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center, the Cedar Hills Recreation Center, and the Tualatin Hills Nature Center.

Face coverings are required for individuals over the age of 5 inside THPRD buildings, in compliance with Brown's emergency orders aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

For more information, visit THPRD.org.

PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Parker Gibson, a yoga instructor at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, wipes down a door handle to a door of the studio.


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