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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2017

Rec board approves dress code revision

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 12, 2017
Photo by: NICOLE MAJOR/Ledger photo Michelle Svenson gives an example of modern workout clothing for women Monday evening during a Fairfield Park and Rec Board meeting at the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center. Svenson presented a petition of nearly 950 names of those in favor of allowing women to wear sports bras without T-shirts to workout at the rec center.

During its monthly meeting Monday evening, the Fairfield Park and Rec Board approved a dress code revision for Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.

The revision came in the wake of Fairfield resident Michelle Svenson delivering a petition with nearly 950 names requesting that women be allowed to wear sports bras without T-shirts during their workouts.

The petition was in response to a policy at the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center which required all patrons to wear a T-shirt while exercising.

After an hour-long discussion between board members and community members, board president Terry Cochran suggested that patrons be permitted to don attire appropriate for their given activity.

However, he said that skin should not be touching the equipment, and that towels or T-shirts should be used to decrease bacterial transmission between patrons.

The motion was made and was approved by the board.

“I feel like it went well,” Svenson said of the outcome. “Women can wear sports bras now when it’s appropriate.”

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