Chestnuts roasting, sleigh bells ringing: ‘tis most assuredly the Holiday season. But those hammers you hear pounding might not be elves in the workshop.
This is also the time of year when athletes often harken to the sound of maintenance projects at their gyms or are left dashing through the snow to get in that calorie burn. Take heed of changing schedules this season:
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA at 980 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will be closing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) and will be closed all of Christmas Day, reopening on Monday, Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The YMCA will be open on Saturday, Dec. 31, (New Year’s Eve) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 1, (New Year’s Day) from 1 to 7 p.m.
“We'll be doing scheduled maintenance in some areas in December, which may affect access to some areas of the building,” the YMCA of the Triangle website (www.ymcatriangle.org) stated.
A new heating /air conditioning system is being installed in the basketball gym, but it will take up to four to six weeks, during which all the temperatures in the gym may fluctuate based on the weather.
Additionally, the gym will be closed for floor refinishing Dec. 16–21, but it is tentatively scheduled to reopen by Thursday, Dec. 22. While the gym is closed, classes may be relocated or canceled and programs normally held in the gym may be unavailable. For more info, call 919-442-9622.
This week’s public skating schedule at the Orange County SportsPlex will be altered slightly to yield the ice time to the “Nutcracker on Ice,” a fun, family holiday tradition, with shows open to the public ($8 for kids, $10 for adults) at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 and noon Saturday, Dec. 17. Check the website for public skating and pool schedule changes (www.trianglesportsplex.com).
At the Sunday, Dec. 17 public skate session from noon to 2:15 p.m., visitors can “Skate with Santa.”
The only day the facility will be completely closed will be Christmas.
“We’ll close on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m., and we’re closed on Christmas Day,” Orange County SportsPlex General Manager John Stock said. “We’re even open for half a day on New Year’s Day.”
Located at 101 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough, the 90,000 square foot Orange County SportsPlex is one of the state’s largest recreational facilities and one of only a few in the United States offering an ice arena, aquatics center and fitness center under one roof.
Carrboro Recreation and Parks offices in Carrboro’s Century Center Building will be closed Thursday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 26, and again on Monday, Jan. 2.
“Our outdoor facilities are currently closed to rentals for the winter period, with rentals opening back up on March 1,” recreation supervisor Charles Harrington said, adding, however, that travel to and from the Century Center may be impacted by the South Green project (http://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=574)
Chapel Hill Parks and Rec
Plant Road administrative offices for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation will be closed Friday through Tuesday, Dec. 23–27.
The Community Center, the Aquatics Center and the Hargraves and Northside facilities will be open on the following schedules:
▪ Chapel Hill Community Center (919-968-2790)
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 24-25: Closed
Saturday, Dec. 31: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (pool, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sunday, Jan. 1: Noon to 6 p.m. (pool open regular hours)
▪ Hargraves Recreation Center (919-968-2794)
Dec. 23 - Jan. 2: Closed
▪ Northside Gym
Saturday, Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 25: Closed
Monday-Friday, Dec. 26-30; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31: 1 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 1: Closed
▪ Homestead Aquatics Center (919-968-2799)
Saturday, Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 25: Closed
Monday-Friday, Dec. 26-30: Regular hours
Saturday, Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 1: 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.