HUB staff and the City of Marion look forward to the long-awaited reopening of The HUB Recreation Center as soon as possible. We miss our fellow Hubbers and planning and preparation is underway for efficient and safe operation that will serve more members than is possible in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. Phase 3 defines indoor fitness center exercise at a 1-1 (individual) user ratio that accommodates only a fraction of HUB membership. Therefore, we will not be opening The HUB in Phase 3.
The health and safety of our members and staff, in addition to our responsibility to our community is our primary concern determining how we open and operate the facility. To help ensure health and safety, all requirements and guidelines will be released to members prior to opening once that date has been determined.
Programming and area use, including the gymnasium and group exercise, is dependent upon upcoming state directives along with industry best practices and recommendations. Child Watch and Summer Camp, as facility dependent programs, will be based on state guidance along with facility area capacity and specific use.
Timing and detail for aquatics operation is pending further guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Timing and detail for Café operation is pending further guidance from Bi-County Health Department. The status of Marion Youth Football, which is scheduled to begin late July, with possible modifications, will be determined as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience during the weeks since our closure on March 16. Since that time, membership fees have not been processed for the months of April or May, and June also will not be charged.
Please watch for updates regarding a HUB reopening date, safety guidelines for members and staff, along with programming and service details. As soon as this information is available, we will post it to social media and our website, as well as email it via our member newsletter and send it through our HUB Text Club.
We wish you and your family well during this period and welcome your questions and concerns as we work together toward our reopening.
We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. As Mayor Absher has emphasized in a recent public address, it is our civic duty to limit exposure and practice social distancing to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and our neighbors. We are taking this opportunity to thoroughly clean our facility, reschedule programs and events, review memberships and much more.
While we believe our social responsibility and the future of our health is greater than the disturbances it may cause along the way, we are also empathetic to the frustrations and inconveniences closing our facility has prompted. City officials and HUB leaders have agreed to suspend the April membership drafts in hopes of helping alleviate the loss of time to use our facility, in addition to the financial burden the country’s current situation may be causing. To be more concise, you will not be charged for your membership on April 1st nor April 15th. Your membership charges will resume in May.
Thank you again for your support. Keep watching our Facebook page for more updates and information as it becomes available. We will get through this if we work together and focus on the positives. Stay healthy and take care.
The HUB Team
Please know that while we are busy working to find answers and solutions, many things are still unknown at this point. We will provide you with more information regarding memberships, programs, events, lessons, etc. as we get closer to reopening. If you have a birthday party scheduled during these next couples of weeks, we will be in contact with you soon. Online registration is still available for those who wish to take advantage of the current Summer Camp Special: 25% off full week purchases. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.