Thursday, October 1, 2020

Canton Summit on the Park to open next week

Canton Township residents will be able to take some steps back to pre-coronavirus physical workouts beginning Oct. 5 with the planned reopening of the Summit on the Park.

According to a prepared statement, the facility will reopen while following safety procedures including social distancing, limiting of guests and mask wearing. The aquatic center will remain closed and hours at the popular township activity center will be curtailed and all local, state and federal health guidelines will be in place.

The center has been closed to the public for seven months and staff members were laid off, according to officials. Those who were laid off will be reinstated and will complete training about the implementation safety protocols.  Outdoor fitness classes currently under way will be moved inside the Summit and members will have access to the walking track and strength and fitness equipment. 

The majority of workout equipment has been spaced to allow for 10 feet of distancing between stations in both the Fitness Center, as well as the Aerobics Studio. In addition, Selectorized weight equipment will be located at the west end of the gymnasium. The walking track middle lane will also be closed to all for socially distanced indoor walking. The Aquatic Center will remain closed for significant capital improvement projects, including replacement of the copper roof and major tile installation. Although a specific reopening date of the Aquatic Center has not been determined, officials anticipate that it will be available for use in early 2021. 

“Safety is our number one priority and that's why our staff is continually evaluating how best to implement various safety measures in accordance with state and local guidelines as we move forward,” said Summit on the Park Supervisor Jason Lombardo. “We know how much our members value exercise for both physical and mental well being, so we are thrilled to be able to open our doors and provide them with a fitness resource.”

In a prepared statement, Summit managers said, “All Summit on the Park memberships, which have been frozen since the facility's closure due to the global pandemic, will be re-activated and extended accordingly once a member first returns to the Summit.

“Memberships will remain frozen for those members who do not feel comfortable returning to our facility at this time.”

State of Michigan regulations will allow for the Summit on the Park to reopen with areas limited to 25 percent of total occupancy. Members will be able to view usage numbers, which will be taken hourly, online at, or via twitter at Areas that will remain closed until it is deemed safe to reopen, include:  Canton Club 55+ Senior Center; Kids' Corner childcare center; sauna and steam room; open gym times; and the racquetball court. 

The Summit on the Park will be open with modified business hours Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

As part of the Summit on the Park re-opening guidelines, the following protocols have been put in place: 

All visitors and staff entering the recreation center are required to wear a mask at all times. 

Entry into the facility will only be allowed through the Main Entrance.

All visitors must check-in and check-out at the Summit front desk.  Members are encouraged to use the Summit Mobile App to scan in and scan out at each visit. 

All members are required to wipe down equipment regularly before and after each use.  Sanitation stations will be provided in several areas throughout the facility. 

Fitness equipment stations will have short-term closures for cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day.  

Members must respect six feet of distance between other guests outside their party. 

All indoor fitness classes will have a limit of 10 participants at this time. 

Locker rooms will not be available for changing or showering at this time. Patrons are encouraged to arrive wearing their workout attire.

Patrons are asked to minimize the number of belongings that they bring into the facility; however, individual cell phone storage lockers will be available for use to hold wallets, keys, and phones. 

No water fountains will be available; however, a water bottle refill station will remain open. Guests are encouraged to bring a water bottle. 

To learn more about Summit on the Park memberships and safety protocols, visit or call (734) 394-5460.