The city of Los Altos has canceled all in-person recreation summer offerings in favor of virtual alternatives.
In a May 6 statement, city officials said they made the decision “for the safety of the community and city staff.” Santa Clara County’s COVID-19-induced shelter-in-place order is extended through May 31, but observers predict limited or no permitted mass gatherings in the months ahead.
“After thoroughly evaluating the current situation and available resources, in-person special events, classes, day camps, and the production of the Summer Activity Guide, have been canceled through August 2020, until further notice,” the city’s announcement said. “City staff will continue to devote their time to deliver engaging digital experiences through the recently launched Virtual Recreation Center.”
According to Donna Legge, director of recreation and community services, the decision to cancel summer programs “was not taken lightly.”
“Recreation staff has worked exceptionally hard on compiling numerous virtual resources to engage the entire community, and we hope, with help from residents, to grow our Virtual Recreation Center to new heights,” she said.
Since the launch of the Virtual Recreation Center April 17, the recreation department has added several new categories to its list of digital classes, including fee-based classes, a dedicated Tiny Tot Tipster page and Cooking with Bumblebee.
City staff members reported they are exploring additional opportunities for the remaining spring and summer seasons while assessing the community’s projected needs.
To share suggestions for digital classes or events through the city’s online Virtual Recreation Center survey, visit losaltosca.gov/community/page/open-city-hall.