By Natalie Anderson
Staff Reporter

    With many changes being made around Lee County because of COVID-19, the Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center has closed its doors to ensure the safety and health of their workers, members and the community. While the building may be closed, there are a couple of workers inside ready to answer their phones to assist the community.

“Since most people are home, we’re hoping to encourage them and keep them as active and engaged as possible,” said Opelika Parks and Recreation’s Public Relations Director Laura Leigh Chesser. “Before we closed, we recorded some fitness videos such as yoga, balance and stretch and even zumba.”

The main Facebook page “Opelika SportsPLEX” has direct links to dance body fitness videos, yoga, aerobics and more. Along with recorded sessions, the Facebook page will have all upcoming updates as the Sportsplex is closed through April 5, but an assessment will be made prior to see if the closing date may need to be extended.

 Senior members are encouraged to check out the Facebook group called “Recycled Teenagers,” which has extra instructors and various information. All members can find videos uploaded on the company’s Youtube page which can be played through a SmartTV, Firestick, etc. The videos can also be played straight from the Facebook page.

“Parks are still open during this time with the ‘Caroline Dean Wildflower Trail’ being a great place to visit if you’re looking to get out while still practicing social distancing,” Chesser added.

By the order of Gov. Kay Ivey, all public playgrounds have been closed temporarily.

For more information and updates, visit their social media pages. The Sportsplex is located at 1001 SportsPlex Parkway.