Salem Community Center
is one of the community's greatest assets, drawing scores of individuals from Salem and surrounding communities to the multi-building facility year round.
The Center offers numerous wellness programs for both children and adults, and a wide range of sporting programs, camps, clinics, and sports leagues in the state-of-the-art
Center Circle Fieldhouse
. The pool offers opportunities for lap swimming, lessons, lifeguard training, and competitive swim teams for all ages. The Center also presents community and wellness seminars throughout the year and offers room rental in the facility for banquets, meetings, parties and more.
The Salem Community Center is vital to the Salem community. Executive Director, Heather Young, offered some insights regarding how COVID-19 has affected the community center's operations.
Q: How has COVID-19 impacted your business?
A: On March 16th, 2020 we were asked to close our doors to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of the coronavirus. We officially re-opened to members after 77 days on June 1, 2020. The SCC has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. At the time we were permitted to re-open, it was only for a limited number of guests. Costly social distancing structural expenses, the additional cleaning staff required and not being permitted to have sporting programs/events/rentals has greatly affected our income. Staffing has been difficult, due to lack of childcare, caring for elder family members, staff who are in age/medical continued shelter group, and the fact that most employees made more money by being unemployed than returning to work.
Q: What were some of the first things you had to do to adapt, stay safe, and maintain business?
Although our mission statement has not changed and we are still here to serve the community, how we look to operate in the immediate future has changed. We are adapting to fit the CDC & Governor Dewine’s mandates/suggestions into our operations.
Member service is always a priority, we are doing everything possible to provide a safe and inviting environment to our members so they can continue to enjoy the Salem Community Center in a way they had in the past. We have slightly reduced hours to allow us to clean and prepare for the next day, while keeping in mind member usage and staff availability. CenterPlex has been open from 9 a.m.-Noon for Pickleball and walking. The fitness floor has added barriers and cleaning supplies. Open basketball and classes have been opened up with restrictions.
Q: What was your top priority as you considered how to adapt?
A: Member & Staff Safety is our top priority. We have processes in place to keep our building as clean as possible at all times. We have trained staff and purchased new cleaning equipment/tools to ensure we are exceeding all of the cleaning guidelines set forth due to COVID-19.
Q: What part of your business has been most challenging to adapt?
A: We operate in many different capacities, serving a diverse population on a normal basis. Starting back with limited class and program offerings has been very challenging. Social distancing is also a challenging aspect. Fortunately, we have a very large facility and are able to space out employees, members, equipment, and classes.
Q: What change has your business benefited from the most?
A: To date, there has been no change that has benefited the operations of the SCC.
Q: Are there any changes that have modified your business model that you plan to maintain going forward?
Currently, our switch to a paperless operation and the upgraded daily cleaning procedures would most likely remain. Going paperless is a benefit to everyone, including the environment. Our employees can direct input all information and payments; and we now offer the option to attach a credit card to your membership for future use. Although the SCC has always had very stringent nightly cleaning procedures, in the unknown future, continuation of the added open-hours cleaning would be a benefit to everyone.
Q: What are your current operating hours and protocols?
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 6 AM – 7 PM
Friday 6 AM – 6 PM
Saturday 8 AM – 1 PM
Sunday 8 AM – 12 PM
Reservations are required for some classes. Please visit our website for guidance.
Q: How do people find you online?
Q: As a business owner in Salem, what message would you like the Salem community to hear?
We are a
family-oriented business and we are open and ready to serve you. We were thrilled to be able to welcome our returning members back and look forward to more members and visitors in the near future.
community, the SCC is offering a customized company membership that is approximately 20% off regular pricing. It will cost the company nothing to offer their employees this perk! Call the SCC for details and/or watch our website
or visit our
to keep up-to-date as we are permitted to include more activities/programs in the future.
Q: What message would you like potential visitors to hear?
A: These are unprecedented times, times that challenge the way in which we, at the Salem Community Center, work to strengthen our community as we have for nearly 20 years. At our core, the SCC is about relationships. We bring people together from all backgrounds, ages and circumstances, developing connections within and across communities. When this crisis is over, the SCC will be there to help our community recover. But, we can’t do it alone. Whether you’re connected to the SCC today or have a fond SCC memory from years past, you are part of our family, and we need you to stay with us.
Thank you to the Salem Community Center for maintaining a vital presence
for health and wellness in the Salem community!