Gaston County Reopens Playgrounds, Museum, And Senior Center

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gaston County announces its reopening plans to include playgrounds, the Gaston County Museum, and their Senior Center as North Carolina moves into Phase 2.5 on September 4th.

County officials say the outdoor fitness pavilion at Dallas park and all playgrounds within the County are now open for use.

The Gaston County Museum will reopen to the public on September 15th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, according to a news release.

“This has been a long-awaited moment for us and we are so excited to begin the opening process for our community,” Museum Director Jason Luker said. “We all long for some sense of normalcy, but reality still requires our diligent precautions. In time, museum visitations and general life experiences will return to the openness and camaraderie we once enjoyed, especially if we all do our part to deter this virus and protect our fellow citizens.”

Gaston County Museum officials say visitors will be required to wear masks, to socially distance themselves, and to make timed reservations when planning a visit in order to limit the number of guests inside the building at any time.

The Gaston County Senior Center (GCSC) will reopen the indoor wellness room, and restart classes by appointment on Tuesday, September 8th, according to a news release.

Gaston County officials say GCSC will take one-hour appointments for the wellness room and will close for a 15-minute cleaning break between each appointment.

Senior Center classes meeting outside will be moved back indoors, but limited to 20 people per class, with an hour of deep cleaning in-between class times, according to a news release.

Anyone wanting to take part in the GCSC programs will have their temperatures checked at the door, will have to answer three health screening questions before entering, and must wear face masks entering and exiting the building (with an exception for anyone engaged in exercise), according to a news release.

“The GCSC has served senior participants community health, delivering evidence-based health programs and helped improved the health of vulnerable populations and those managing the life-altering effects of chronic disease,” said GCSC Administrator Ellen Fenters. “We believe serving this population is now more important than ever. For so many in our community, exercise therapy is a key to recovery, disease management and prevention.”

GCSC officials say to call 704-922-2170 to make an appointment to use the wellness room, computer room, library, or to sign up for a class.