Facility Rules

Prairie Township Community Center Facility Rules


  • It is your responsibility to read the rules & signs displayed throughout the facility. Persons that are directed to leave the premises for NOT following the rules are NOT eligible for any type of refund. Depending on the severity of the offense, a patron may be suspended. 
  • Participants do not need an Annual Pass to enter the facility, take a class or partake in programs at the Prairie Township Community Center. Daily admission is available for patrons that do not have an annual pass. Our facility and programs are available for both residents and non-residents.
  • Day passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. A day pass is only valid for the day it is used. All patrons who purchase a daily pass will need to sign in at the front desk.
  • Non-pass holder adults purchasing a daily pass will be entered into our database upon first visit to the Community Center.
  • Patrons must check in at the front desk and scan their Community Center pass, class pass or pay the daily fee to access the facility.
  • Patrons will be asked to prove residency to activate their account with the Prairie Township Community Center. Please see our pass registration form for residency verification.
  • Pass holders who do not have a pass will only be admitted with a valid Driver’s License or photo ID.
  • During Prairie Township sponsored programs, spectators may be able to watch activities in the lobby, gymnasium and group fitness studio without paying a daily fee.
  • Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult/legal guardian (16 & over). Groups bringing children to the Community Center must have at least one adult/legal guardian per 5 children. Supervising adults must keep children ages 4 and under within arm’s reach; there must be at least one adult for each two children in this age group. Children ages 10 years and over may enter the facility without an adult supervisor.
  • All clothing must be tasteful & non-offensive. All patrons must wear a minimum of shirt, shorts & shoes while utilizing the facility. Shorts must be worn on the hip and cover one’s bottom and genitals.
  • Bathing suits may not be worn outside of the locker rooms or indoor pool. 
  • Skateboards, in-line skates, roller shoes, bikes & the wearing of cleated shoes are prohibited in the facility. Bikes may only be parked at the bike racks. 
  • Music is only permitted to be broadcasted through one’s own ear/head phones. Your music is for your own personal listening pleasure (no boom boxes).
  • The Prairie Township Community Center is a smoke and alcohol free facility. Smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes are not permitted.
  • Eating & drinking are permitted in designated areas only.
  • To respect the privacy of our patrons, persons may NOT take pictures in the locker rooms, group fitness studio or fitness center without prior written approval from the Recreation Director.
  • • No person shall sell or attempt to sell any article or service in the Community Center unless such sale is pursuant to a contract with the Prairie Township or has been approved by the Recreation Director.
  • Any type of private-type lessons/instructions/coaching must be approved in writing by the Recreation Director.
  • Parties, group outings and meetings must be scheduled through the Front Desk Coordinator/Facilities Supervisor and may not take place in the lobby.
  • Changes in recreation schedules may occur without notice. Staff will post schedule changes with as much advance notice as possible. Current schedules are available at the front desk and on our website. Patrons are encouraged to check the schedules (especially for drop-in activities) before arrival.
  • There will be occasions when the Community Center or areas of the Community Center will be closed due to maintenance, repairs and/or special events. Such closings will not result in a deduction from Pass costs. The Township will attempt to post such closings in advance. 
  • Prairie Township is not responsible for lost or stolen items. It is strongly suggested that personal items be secured in a locker and locked during your visit. For security purposes, the Prairie Township reserves the right to search a patron's personal items if deemed necessary.

Behavior


  • Patrons should respect the rights of others & are encouraged to display good sportsmanship. The behavior of a patron must not disrupt the experience of others. All problems should be reported immediately to the Supervisor/Manager on Duty.
  • Patrons shall not behave in a manner that jeopardizes the safety & health of themselves and others. The following activities are examples of behaviors that will result in disciplinary action and police reports when applicable: spitting, fighting, stealing, property damage, disorderly conduct, intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment, criminal damage, use of vulgar/profane language, verbal abuse of staff or patrons and not following posted rules & policies.
  • Persons who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused admittance or directed to leave.
  • Persons found violating Township or personal property will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Discipline

 
Depending on the nature of the incident, the PTCC Staff will give a documented verbal warning for general problems the first time they occur. If a patron continues to violate rules or policies, the patron may be suspended from the facility. The suspension length depends on the infraction. For children (17 years of age & under) a parent will be contacted and made aware of the situation. See Discipline steps below.
  • One week’s suspension from use of the facilities upon the second incident;
  • One year suspension from use of the facilities upon a third violation; and
  • Permanent suspension from use of the facilities upon any subsequent incident.

Health & Safety

 
  • Open wounds/bleeding must be covered to participate in any area of the facility. Clothing soiled with fluids must be changed.
  • First-aid supplies (ice, band-aids, gauze & gloves) are available to patrons to be self-administered.

Fitness Area


  • Participants are encouraged to complete an equipment orientation. If you are not familiar with a piece of equipment, please ask one of the fitness attendants for assistance.
  • Participants must use the equipment according to the written and verbal instructions provided by the manufacturer and the PTCC fitness attendants.
  • Slamming and dropping of weights is not allowed. All equipment should be returned to their proper location after use. Weights should not be placed on top of benches. 
  • Cellphone conversations on equipment is prohibited for safety reasons. Photography is strictly prohibited in the fitness area.    
  • Participants must wipe off controls, seats, pads and railings after using equipment. Please do not spray equipment directly. 
  • Cardiovascular equipment is limited to 30 minutes while others are waiting. Please use sign-up sheet when waiting to use cardiovascular equipment. 
  • Avoid occupying equipment when not using. Allow others to “work in” on strength training equipment. 
  • Report all injuries and any malfunctioning or damage equipment to PTCC staff. Do not use any equipment that is marked “Out of Order.”    
  • Headphones must be used with personal music devices. 
  • Participants must be 16 years old to use the fitness area. Participants 13- 15 years old must pass a fitness orientation with a fitness attendant before using the equipment. Participants 11-12 years old must participate in the youth fitness program for six week before using the selectorized and cardiovascular equipment. Participants 11-12 must be accompanied with a parent or guardian in the fitness area at all times. Participants under the age of 11 are not permitted on the fitness floor. 
  • Food is not allowed in the fitness area. Only water is allowed in a plastic or steel container. Glass containers are not permitted in the PTCC. 
  • Proper athletic attire is required at all times. No jeans or work boots are allowed while using fitness equipment. Full shirts and closed toed, rubber soled athletic shoes are required. It is recommend to wash exercise attire frequently to prevent bacteria transmission and odors. 
  • Personal belongings must be stored in lockers or cubbies. 
  • All members over the age of 18 can receive one free fitness assessment per year with an experienced fitness attendant. 
  • Outside Personal Trainers are not allowed. Personal trainer must be approved by Fitness Supervisor. There is a fee associated with Personal Training, please see front desk for more information. 
 

Group Fit Studio

 
  • Proper attire is required for all group fitness classes. Closed toed, rubber soled athletic shoes are required in all classes except Yoga and Pilates. 
  • If using a drop in group fit pass, an entry pass for group fitness class should be obtained at the front desk. 
  • Participants are required to stay outside of studio until previous class has exited and instructor has arrived for class. 
  • Participation for drop in group fitness classes are on a first come; first served bases. 
  • For safety reasons, participants that are more than 10 minutes late are not allowed to enter class. If arriving late a warm-up should be performed before joining class. 
  • Personal belongings must be stored in lockers or cubbies. 
  • All group fitness accessories must be kept inside the group fit studio and returned to its proper location after usage. 
  • Only PTCC staff is allowed to use the stereo in the fit studio.
  • Report all injuries and any malfunctioning or damage equipment to PTCC staff.
  • PTCC reserves the right to adjust the class schedule, class format and instructors when necessary.
  • Any classes that has an average attendance of 4 or less maybe cancelled at any time. 
  • Participants new to indoor cycle classes are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes prior to class to learn proper bike set-up. 

Walking Track


  • Walkers are encouraged to use outer lanes. Joggers are encouraged to use inner lanes. 
  • Athletic shoes are required. No boots or hard soled shoes. 
  • The track is for recreational purposes only. 
  • Stretch areas are located in various areas around the track walls. 
  • Cellphone conversation is prohibited for safety reasons. Photography is strictly prohibited in the fitness area.    
  • Personal belongings must be stored in lockers or cubbies. 
  • Food is not allowed on the track. Only water is allowed in a plastic or steel container. Glass containers are not permitted in the PTCC. 
  • The track is 1/14 of a mile. 
  • Directions on walking track change daily. 

General Pool Rules


  • All users must wear appropriate swimwear (Lycra, spandex, or nylon) when entering the pool area. No street clothes can be worn in the water.  Cut-offs, gym shorts, T-Shirts, bras, underwear, thongs are prohibited in the pool.  
  • All users must shower before entering the pool area.
  • Patrons shall not behave in a manner that jeopardizes the safety and health of themselves and others. Running, spitting, rough play, pushing, jumping haphazardly, snapping of towels, purposeful hyperventilation and/or breath holding and abusive or profane language are prohibited.
  • Users with open wounds and infectious diseases are not allowed in the pool.
  • Adults must be in the water within arm’s reach of children who are using flotation devices. Flotation devices are not safe when used unsupervised. We allow noodles, water wings, Coast Guard approved lifejackets, suits with built-in flotation and baby seat floaters. No inner tubes, rafts, Mermaid tails, or back pack floats will be permitted.
  • Non-swimmers of any age are not permitted in the deep end of the pool.
  • To ensure the safety of our members, all youth, ages 15 and under, are required to take a swim test if they wish to use the rock wall, diving board, or swim in the deep end of the swimming pool.  This swim test will require jumping into the deep end of the pool, resurfacing at the top of the water, and then swimming the entire length of the pool.  
  • Safety breaks are called 15 minutes before each hour. Adults may swim and children 2 years and younger may swim with a parent or adult guardian within arm’s reach. Youth ages 3 -17 must exit the water. 
  • Swim diapers are required for children who are not toilet trained. “Swimmies” are available at the front desk for a nominal fee. Regular diapers are prohibited in the pool.
  • The following items and behaviors are not permitted in the swimming pool: Smoking, Alcoholic Beverages, Glass containers of any type, Squirt Guns, Torpedoes, and Inner Tubes.
  • No food or drink, with the exception of water, is permitted in the pool area.
  • No outside private swim lessons or coaching is permitted by members or guests unless they are employees of the Prairie Township Community Center.
  • Please do not sit, hang or play on pool ladders, lane lines, diving boards or starting blocks
  • Specific rules for the diving board and rock wall are located behind the diving board and the rock wall.
  • It is the lifeguard’s responsibility to determine what is safe; any guidelines deemed necessary for the safety and comfort of the patron will be enforced. Aquatic and Department Staff have the authority to enforce all pool rules. Patrons who repeatedly violated the rules may be ejected.

Adult to Child Ratios:


To avoid disappointment, have the required adult-to-child ratios before entering the pool area. These ratios listed below are established for the safety of all our young guests. Those not meeting the ratios are denied pool use:
  • Children ages10 years and over may enter the facility without an adult supervisor
  • All children ages 6 to 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. The adult must be in the pool area at all times. One adult supervisor is required for every 5 children in this age group.
  • All children 5 years and younger must be within arm’s reach of an adult 18 years and over. One adult supervisor is required for every 2 children in this age group.
  • Large groups must maintain a 1:5 adult to children ratio between the ages of 6 to 9 years old.

Climbing Wall


  • One climber at a time.
  • Climb must begin from in the water.
  • Climbing wall use is on a first come first serve basis.
  • Assistance of any kind will not be permitted.
  • The following Items are prohibited for use in the rock wall area: flotation devises, goggles, water wings, loose clothing.
  • Climbers must fall feet first into the water. No diving, flips or launching.
  • One climb up wall per turn. Participants must exit the area quickly to allow for the next climber.
  • Follow the lifeguard’s instructions.
  • Free swimming is allowed in the deep end only with the approval of the lifegaurd and when diving board and climbing walls are not in use.
  • To ensure the safety of our members, all youth, ages 15 and under, are required to take a swim test if they wish to use the rock wall, diving board, or swim in the deep end of the swimming pool.  This swim test will require jumping into the deep end of the pool, resurfacing at the top of the water, and then swimming the entire length of the pool. 

Diving Board Rules


  • No diving involving a swimmers head rotating toward the board (gainers, inwards, backwards jumps or any other dive deemed dangerous by the Lifeguard).
  • Only one person on diving board at a time
  • Make sure the diving area is clear before jumping into the pool.
  • Participants must exit the area quickly to allow for the next diver.
  • Assistance of any kind will not be permitted. No “Catching”.
  • The following Items are prohibited for use on the diving board: flotation devices goggles, water wings, loose clothing, and glasses.
  • Follow the lifeguard’s instructions.
  • Free swimming is allowed in the deep end only with the approval of the lifeguard and when diving board and climbing walls are not in use.
  • To ensure the safety of our members, all youth ages 15 and under are required to take a swim test if they wish to use the rock wall, diving board, or swim in the deep end of the swimming pool.  This swim test will require jumping into the deep end of the pool, resurfacing at the top of the water, and then swimming the entire length of the pool.

Splash Pad


  • Do not use when you have diarrhea
  • Water is not meant for drinking
  • Wash Hands after using the restroom or changing diapers
  • Take regular restroom breaks, change diapers only in a restroom
  • Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult (an individual 18 years of age or older)
  • Swim suits and/or appropriate attire must be worn at all times
  • Food and/or beverages (except water) are not allowed on the Splash Pad.
  • No glass containers or otherwise breakable objects are allowed.
  • Do not climb, hang, swing, or pull on any of the Splash Pad equipment.
  • Regular diapers are prohibited in the splash pad. Swim diapers are required for children who are not toilet trained. “Swimmies” are available at the front desk for a nominal fee.



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  1. Prairie Township 
    Community Center

    5955 W. Broad St.
    Galloway, OH 43119

    Recreation@prairietownship.org

    Ph: 614-907-7990

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