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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Parks Reopens Recreation Center and Seeks Lifeguards

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The City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department is making preparations to reopen some services with restrictions. Paula Martin Jones Recreation Center will reopen on Monday, May 18.  Also, lifeguard training classes will resume next week in an effort to prepare the city’s pools for the summer season.

Paula Martin Jones Recreation Center will return to a modified schedule with limited capacity. Exercise equipment has been relocated throughout the facility to allow for social distancing of patrons. Although the center will be open for individual exercise and the pool will be open for lap swimming, organized classes will not resume yet. The recreation center’s modified hours will be from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A series of lifeguard training classes will also begin Monday, May 18. The classes will be taught in a blended learning format with the participants expected to complete a portion of the information at home.  Registration is required to participate. The registration deadline for Lifeguard Training 1 is Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m; the deadline for Lifeguard Training 2 is Sunday, May 17 at 5 p.m., and the deadline for Lifeguard Training 3 is Saturday, May 23 at 5 p.m. The lifeguard training classes are open to all individuals interested in earning lifeguard certification, regardless of employment status with the City of Longview. 

Broughton Recreation Center and Green Street Recreation Center will remain closed for now. Splash pads will also remain closed for now. Schedules for youth sports, tournaments, and other parks activities are to be determined according to guidance provided by state and federal officials.

For more information, contact the Longview Parks and Recreation Department at 903-237-1270 or visit LongviewTexas.gov/Parks.

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