Some BBPRD2 fitness classes return for phase 2

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The Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2) is re-opening following its closure during phase 1 of Washington state’s four-phase Safe Start re-opening plan. 

Zumba and outdoor yoga are two classes that will resume along with use of the outdoor pickleball court. 

Classes will accommodate physical distancing guidelines with changes such as only five people or fewer per class – participants need to call in advance to reserve their spot. 

The outdoor pickleball court, which is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., should also be reserved on the website for 1.5-hour time slots. 

Heidi Holmes, BBBPRD2 program manager, said the district is taking precautions to follow state guidelines for the fitness classes. People are expected to wear a mask when entering the center and hand sanitizer is available in the gym and outdoor court. Participants don’t need to wear a mask during the fitness classes but a six-foot physical distancing space is required.

Outdoor yoga at Blaine Marine Park will also start Saturday, July 11 at 9 a.m. and continue for a four-week series. 

Celine Mauger, a Zumba instructor with the district, will begin teaching a Zumba class on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 9 a.m., starting Thursday, June 25. 

“I’m really happy that I’m going to feel the energy of people in person,” Mauger said. “I really miss seeing them smile. We carry each other.”

Mauger said she will also continue teaching her Zumba classes online, which she taught during phase 1 of Covid-19, at celinem.zumba.com. The $3 recorded classes will accommodate participants who aren’t able to attend the in-person Zumba classes, she said. 

Holmes said she isn’t sure whether kids classes will return in phase 3 or phase 4.

People can call the office at 360/656-6416 and be put on a waiting list if class registration is full. The number of classes offered is based on how many instructors are comfortable teaching classes during phase 2, Holmes said.

Holmes wants to thank the community for being patient with BBBPRD2 as it navigates how to safely serve its recreation participants while following Inslee’s guidelines for in-person fitness classes. 

“It’s wonderful to visit with our regulars,” Holmes said. 

“We’re excited to be back and we are looking forward to getting phase 3 going.”

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