The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe is adding safety measures to continue to provide programming during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe is adding safety measures to continue to provide programming during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Photo provided by Tony Lipinski


RARE offers outdoor programs

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 21, 2020

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The COVID-19 quarantine has been difficult for organizations whose duties usually include providing programs both fun and educational, yet the Recreational Authority for Roseville and Eastpointe is carrying on with several outdoor activities.

Having had to cancel most of its spring and summer programming, RARE still managed to maintain its outdoor camp and meal program.

“Right now we currently have our summer day camp program wrapping up. (Assistant RARE Director) Sarah Frederick worked very hard to reduce the numbers (of participants) and have it held outside,” said RARE Director Tony Lipinski. “Our meal program, Meet Up and Eat Up, at the schools still went on and then (Senior Center Director) Mary (Grant) had several events such as an ice cream social and a craft day that she held outside.”

RARE has taken extra precautions to ensure that these programs can be hosted safely.

“Our building staff is cleaning and wiping everything down far more often,” Lipinski explained. “We screen the kids with temperature checks every day before they come in for the day camp, and we may adopt that for our upcoming programs. Everyone is wearing a mask and we have distancing markers on the floor. We also restrict people from wandering around the building and plexiglass shields up at counters. We make sure everyone is following (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines so we can get back to normal as soon as possible. People are limited by number inside, for instance.”

Frederick has been working diligently to ensure several of the authority’s upcoming fall programs can still be hosted, albeit in an outdoor format.

“I’ve been working with several of our instructors and we tried to move everything but our cooking program — which needs to be held indoors — outside,” she said. “Crafty Crafters, Storytime Yoga, Wee Wonders Preschool, Parent-Tot Play School, Super Tiny Tots and Super Scientists were moved to Veterans Memorial Park, and we reduced the fee for the programs since it will be going until October instead of its usual end date in November. We’re going week by week and seeing what programs we can still host and which we have to cancel.”

Lipinski said that playing things by ear is a necessity for many organizations such as RARE.

“Some specifics of the programs could be changed or delayed depending on how the pandemic looks,” he remarked. “People can still rent pavilions at the parks, but most of our programs are taking place outside for safety.”

Updates on RARE programs are available at its website, www.rare-mi.org, or by calling (586) 445-5480.

Grant is also doing everything in her power to ensure there is plenty going on for the older members of the community.

“We still have our senior van service, but seniors limited by number, and masks are required,” she said. “In September, every Tuesday from Sept. 8 through Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. until noon, we’ll have Takeaway Tuesdays. We give something different each day, and this includes ice cream, make-and-take craft kits, books. We’ll have a fall plant exchange on Monday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and that’s going to be where people can bring a plant and then take a different one in addition to buying those that people donate. It’s an opportunity for gardeners to add different plants to their gardens without having to pay for them.”

The senior center is also planning a party with social distancing for the community.

“We’re also working on a DJ Parking Lot Dance Party,” said Grant. “It will be in the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on a date to be determined, and people can sit in their cars or sit in a lawn chair while more than 6 feet away from each other and listen to music aimed at seniors.”

The senior center will be updating its upcoming program information in its September newsletter and can provide updates if people call its main number: (586) 777-7177.

Frederick hopes residents of Eastpointe and Roseville remember that RARE and the senior center are there and doing everything they can to continue to provide programming for the public.

“We are still running programs and we don’t want the public to forget about us,” she said. “What we are offering is still out there, just with new safety guidelines.”

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