Chattanooga recreation centers to reopen on June 1

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Joyce Fletcher hands out supplies to kids at the Avondale Youth and Family Development Center Friday, July 13, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga will reopen its recreation sites on June 1, 2021, after a 14-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chattanooga will reopen all 18 of its Youth and Family Development centers on June 1.

During a city council committee and agenda session meeting on Tuesday, city Chief of Staff Brent Goldberg and YFD Deputy Administrator Jason McKinney presented plans to the council on reopening, as promised last week.

Starting June 1, all YFD centers will be open for regular use from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Senior centers will also open on June 1, for regular hours.

In general, masks will continue to be required for unvaccinated adults across all sites, while masks will be optional for those under age 18 in accordance with upcoming guidelines from Hamilton County Schools.

Some YFD centers will feature extended hours for teen programming at sites that historically have served a large number of teens. These will include Carver, South Chattanooga, Washington Hills and Eastdale.