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The Dale Howard Family Activity Center remains closed to the public

IOWA FALLS – With the start of every new year comes resolutions to get in shape. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year was difficult for our community with the extended closure of the Dale Howard Family Activity Center (DHFAC) on Ellsworth Community College’s campus.

Late last year saw a spike in positive cases across the nation. Hardin County was not exempt. Unfortunately, this has caused the DHFAC to remain closed through the beginning of this year. We are hopeful that 2021 sees a great reduction in the spread of the virus with the administration of vaccinations and the continued efforts of established distancing safety measures.

This closure is in place to limit the exposure and spread of the virus.  “We look forward to the time when we can welcome back our patrons in the community, but safety is the priority now,” says new DHFAC Director and Head Wrestling Coach, Tyson Springer.

The Dale Howard Family Activity Center is not the only facility on an Iowa Valley Community College District’s campus with these types of restrictions. The Equestrian Center has also been temporarily closed to outside events.  In Marshalltown, Dejardin Hall and the recreational center face similar restrictions. 

“Our focus as a District is to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community members. We are hopeful that if current positivity rates continue to drop that we will be able to re-open sometime during the spring semester. We are thankful for everyone’s patience and understanding during these trying times,” commented Ellsworth Provost, Martin Reimer.

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