The team at the St. Peters Rec-Plex looks forward to the day that we can welcome you back. Right now, we continue to assess public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic along with City operational challenges as we determine when to reopen St. Peters Rec-Plex facilities and programs. Public safety for our residents and staff is the priority of the City of St. Peters.
Decisions will be based on how and when our City officials believe various programs and facilities can safely reopen and operate. We don’t anticipate decisions regarding Rec-Plex reopening plans until mid-June. We appreciate your patience and consideration as we continue to evaluate the public health situation. We also understand many of our members are anxious to get back into their workouts and programs at the Rec-Plex. We will send an email update to Rec-Plex members once we have a confirmed re-opening schedule and we’ll also send out a special edition of the “Rec-Plex E-news You Can Use.” Updates will also be posted on the City’s website, www.stpetersmo.net.
When you walk through our doors again, you’re going to see that our team has gotten the Rec-Plex into the best possible shape for you!
The hum of a carpet cleaner has replaced the whirr of treadmills. Power exercises have given way to power washing. There’s grinding and welding instead of swimming and diving. And, painting jobs are in no short supply, from touchup work throughout the facility to an entirely new paint job in our world-class Natatorium.
Perhaps you’ve gotten to some home projects while staying in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our staff is basically doing the same at the Rec-Plex. They’ve been able to move around equipment during the absence of foot traffic so that they can perform deep-cleaning and sanitizing. Even some areas outside the Rec-Plex have been tidied up and painted.
Our busy staff has worked their core muscles moving around exercise equipment, and they’ve felt the burn of detailed cleaning and touchup painting anywhere it’s needed. Even the stairwell leading up to the Cardio Room is sparkling clean. After power washing the Weight Room floor, staff also reconfigured the strength machines to create more open space and better walkways through the 3,500-square-foot space. The carpeted area in the Cardio Room and stretching area is now getting scrubbed from end to end.
There’s plenty more deep cleaning and sanitizing underway in all areas of the North Rink, from the lobby to the restrooms to the locker rooms and bleachers. Hockey benches, penalty boxes, the rink perimeter, coaches/skate guard area, vending machines, benches, chairs, tables, doors/handles, waste cans … yep, they are getting a detailed cleaning/sanitizing, too. Staff has removed puck marks from walls and repainted many areas within the rink. Ice maintenance is also on the agenda.
Food Service Area
The Finish Line café is getting a good deep cleaning and sanitizing in the food prep, arcade and dining areas, from floor to ceiling. An outside staircase leading to the Finish Line also is being repainted, and outside trash/debris collection areas have undergone clean-up.
The Natatorium is scheduled to undergo a major refurbishment project this summer. The painting part of this project is underway, and plenty more updates are planned for the pools, spa, plumbing system and surfaces. The Natatorium turned 25 when the Rec-Plex turned 25 last year, and the last time the Natatorium underwent major maintenance work was in 2003 before the 2004 U.S. Diving Trials competition. Crews from the City of St. Peters started grinding and welding the diving towers recently, and they’ve tarped off the pools, pool deck, windows and scoreboards for protection from the paint job. Water blasting is being used to remove old paint from the ceiling and walls. Painting is next. You’re going to see a new color scheme—the eggshell white will be replaced with several shades of gray for depth and dimension, and splashes of blue will brighten up interior locker rooms and offices. Work on the pools will include replacing plaster and updating the water heating system. Deck tiles will be vapor blasted and re-grouted. The spa’s pumps and filtration will be rebuilt. Rec-Plex staff also has cleaned the seating areas at the Natatorium.
No stone has been left unturned, as even outdoor walkways at the Rec-Plex have been tidied up.
All in all, at just over age 25, the St. Peters Rec-Plex should look much younger than it has in years when we all get to see you again!