Fort Worth is home to a mix of training facilities that cater to the average Joe and the pro athlete. If you're looking to get back in shape or simply try something new, here are a few recreational facilities providing [safe and healthy] solutions for keeping in shape.
Game On operates two Fort Worth venues - an arena and a sports complex. Both have plenty on their event calendars. Check out Game On Arena Sports at 251 Settlement Plaza Drive if you want to play indoor soccer or flag football. The Game On Sports Complex is at 2600 Alemeda Street is ideal for indoor basketball and volleyball.
Indoor volleyball, flag football, basketball and soccer will all have leagues available at Game On through the winter months, and they have held some sports tournaments as well. And, while pickup basketball has been discontinued temporarily due to COVID-19, groups can rent a court – something that’s popular with families and teams.
If you want to get some swings in to keep your timing solid for golf, baseball, and softball, Game On has those facilities under its roof as well. Their D-BAT location offers cage rentals and one-on-one lessons. Next Level Golf is operating their golf simulator, providing lessons, and doing club fitting, too. Their APEC (ATHLETE Performance Enhancement Center) training facility is doing group training for adults and kids with limited group sizes.
Facility precautions include: masks are required before and after games; customary high fives and handshakes after games are temporarily not allowed; and temperature checks are enforced during tournaments. Game On offers plenty of hand sanitizer to patrons and is prepared to implement contact tracing if the need arises.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth has reopened a number of locations with limited capacity. Pools, fitness equipment and exercise classes are available with restrictions designed to maintain distancing. Masks are required for entry. Don't have a membership? One-day guest passes are available to check out the facility. Members visiting from out of town are always welcome!
The Parks & Rec department operates 21 community centers open for limited access weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For adults, this means the fitness centers is accessible with a membership. Equipment varies by location, generally including cardiovascular equipment, strength equipment and free weights.
For kids, the city’s recreation professionals are staging Camp Connection. The program offers adult supervision for youth ages 5-13 as they complete their online school assignments. The centers will also supply access to digital technology, enrichment and recreational activities, and creative social outlets. Plus, the children get lunch and a snack.
As the fall continues, the community centers will add more activities, including after-school programs, senior programs, and pickleball.
Masks, temperature checks and screening questions are required when entering facilities. Steps have been taken to ensuring proper distancing including limited access to equipment, spaced small groups and Plexiglas dividers as well as plenty of disinfectant and personal protective equipment.
If your company has a membership, you can hoop (and play racquetball and other sports) at Corporate Employees Recreation Area (CERA), operating out of what used to be known as the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area, next to the Whole Foods Market in Waterside. The fitness center is currently at 75% capacity and they’ve spaced out machines to aid social distancing.
Exercise classes allow for distance between members. Basketball, pickleball, volleyball, racquetball, and handball are offered through open-play memberships and youth and adult leagues are resuming. Once you’ve cleaned up, CERA also offers pottery & gem/mineral/glass studios operating at 75% capacity, and they’re resuming limited-capacity classes in those areas, too.
Cleaning of equipment and locker rooms is frequent. All members and guests are required to wash hands upon entry, get a temperature check, and wear a face covering when not actively participating in physical activity.
In addition to the community centers, McLeland Tennis Center’s indoor (and outdoor) courts are open for reservations and drop-in drills with limited group sizes. The weatherproof, climate-controlled hardcourts are open to the public.