On March 16, the Community Center had to close its doors to ensure the safety of our guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Events and programs we had planned for spring and summer slowly had to be cancelled as virus cases continued to rise.
Even though the Parks and Recreation team wasn’t at MPCC to help customers or teach lessons, we needed to make sure our community kept moving forward. This led the team to participate in many different areas to help the City.
Our Easter event was modified to follow social distancing guidelines. Instead of families gathering in one place for the egg hunts, the Easter Bunny went to them! Staff helped deliver Easter eggs around Manassas Park neighborhoods, dropping them off at each house’s yards so children could pick them up. This event was a way to bring a little joy to families during the pandemic.
During the early months of the pandemic, many families struggled with finding food and household supplies for multiple reasons. Through donations from local businesses, restaurants, and Manassas Park residents, we were able to help through our Food Hotline! Staff took phone calls at the Manassas Park Fire Department from families who needed help and delivered boxes to them filled with food and essential supplies. The boxes were filled per individual case and included items like baby food, pet food, and essential health products.
At the Community Center, staff made sure the building was ready and safe before reopening. This weeks-long project included a complete deep-clean of the pool, gymnasium, teaching classrooms, lobbies, and more.
When City Hall resumed operations, Parks and Recreation staff was there to make sure social distancing guidelines were followed, as well as to direct people to the right areas of the building to avoid traffic throughout.
When the MAP Clinic began free COVID-19 testing, the City, MPCC staff, and volunteers were in the front lines to help medical staff with traffic supplies, translating, and site management.
During our reopening preparations, we knew it would be a very different environment than we were used to. While we continue to make changes to our programming, we’re grateful that as a community, we’ve come together to overcome challenges.
Even though not everything is back to normal and there are still many challenges to face, we hope to continue being present for you and your family.
Stay safe, and have hope!