Community Centers closed to public

By Brian Thomas –

Portola Springs Community Center / Photo:

An executive order issued on March 17 has closed all community centers in the city of Irvine in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. This includes all community centers, the Fine Arts Center, the Child Resource Center and all public facilities at the Orange County Great Park. Irvine’s two aquatics centers, the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center and the Northwood Aquatics Center are also closed.

“This decision was not taken lightly,” said Mayor Christina Shea in a city-issued news release. “Our community centers serve as important neighborhood hubs and provide essential services to our residents. But we also know the health and safety of our community is paramount. Given the high volume of people who pass through our facilities each day, it would be difficult to implement the public health guidance as it relates to social distancing. Each community center throughout our park system will have restrooms available should residents participate in the passive use of our parks.”

According to the same release, community centers will be staffed to monitor the use of the city’s parks, playgrounds and fields.

In addition, residents are encouraged to call or email instead of visiting city facilities including City Hall, which is closed to the public. Essential services are being handled online, over the phone or via video conferencing.

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