A Guide To Where Phoenix-Area Cities Are On Opening Parks, Pools And Other Public Amenities

By Harry Croton, Christina Van Otterloo
Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 4:15pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 3:22pm

Closed ramadas at a Glendale park
Sky Schaudt/KJZZ
Closed ramadas at a Glendale park on April 18, 2020.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that pools would be allowed to open as of May 20. 

Here’s a list of where metro Phoenix municipalities stand with regard to reopening amenities and facilities.

KJZZ will update this list with as new information is made available.

Avondale: City hall and public libraries will open June 1 with occupancy limitations. Public parks have been open since last week and still must adhere to strict social distancing policies. The skate park will open May 13 or within the week. Tennis and pickleball courts are open, and the Resource center has remained open. An opening date for the senior center is yet to be announced.

Buckeye: The city has implemented a three-phase approach toward reopening, and is currently in Phase One. Businesses can continue operating online or via appointment. Both libraries plus the Aquatics, Recreation and Senior centers will remain closed until further notice. The Community Services Department is working on a plan to reopen the city’s pools and summer programs so that they can be held in accordance with federal guidelines.

Chandler: Clubhouses, parks and rentable fields reopened on May 13, and playgrounds, tennis courts and public restrooms will reopen starting May 16. On Monday, May 18, Chandler will move into Phase 2 of its recovery plan, opening museums, recreational centers and three pools for lap-swimming and aqua fitness courses. Two additional pools will reopen Memorial Day weekend, and by June 6, all pools will be open for public use. The city is in need of additional lifeguard staff to make sure all pools will remain on track to reopen.

Fountain Hills: On May 13, the city’s swimming pools, gyms and spas were allowed to reopen in accordance with the governor’s executive order. The reopenings are based on strict adherence to the proper social distancing, hygiene, and sanitation laid out by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The city also plans on reopening town hall and the community center on May 18 when the stay-at-home order expires. Once reopened, the community center’s programs and activities will be curtailed in accordance with the CDC guidelines of ensuring possible social distancing and limiting gatherings of more than 10 people. Ball fields will officially reopen for tournament use Memorial Day weekend (May 23). However, in exchange for using the fields, tournament participants must agree to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines and to prohibit spectator gatherings.

Gilbert: The city plans on gradually reopening its parks and recreation facilities through the month of May, while asking visitors to adhere to social distancing and CDC guidelines. Facilities may still have limited hours and capacities. On May 15, Freestone Recreation Center, playgrounds, courts, and drinking fountains will reopen. McQueen Park Activity Center will reopen on May 18, and on May 22, field, ramada and room rentals will resume. Community pools will reopen on May 23. The city also plans on offering a limited number of summer programs that will still allow social distancing. Registration will begin in late May, with classes starting June 8.

Glendale: The city announced on May 15 a phased reopening of libraries, recreational facilities, park amenities and public meetings. Starting May 16, the city will open access to playground equipment and dog parks. The city also is working to open other park amenities and public pools and the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center over the next few months.

Goodyear: Goodyear began reopening May 11 with some city offices and parks opening to the public. Amenities like ball courts and playgrounds will open to the public, albeit with enforced social distancing requirements. In the first phase of reopening, groups larger than 10 are still prohibited, and many city employees will still work from home or wear face coverings while in their workplaces. Schools and youth centers will remain closed, and vulnerable individuals will still need to shelter in place.

Mesa: On May 14, the city presented a two-phase plan for reopening its parks and recreation facilities. Phase One begins June 1 and will see a number of reopenings such as sports complexes; some aquatic centers and park amenities like playgrounds, basketball courts, and splash pads. These facilities may have limited hours, reduced capacities and reservation requirements. Phase Two will begin June 29. Park restrooms, community centers, plus some aquatic centers and their amenities will reopen. Limited specialty programs will be available during July and August. Sports fields and complexes will begin accepting reservations for fall field usage. Recreation programs will open for limited programming at community centers.

Peoria: Play areas, tennis courts, pickleball courts, volleyball courts, dog parks, the skate park, playgrounds, and restrooms will open for groups less than 10 on May 16. On May 18, all city buildings will reopen, but with strict sanitation and social distancing measures. If an increase in COVID-19 cases occurs over the coming weeks, restrictions could be reintroduced.

Phoenix: The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is continuing to work alongside the Phoenix City Council in developing a plan to safely operate its pools this summer. All indoor recreation facilities are temporarily closed. Sports leagues, classes and programs are suspended. Outdoor amenities like park restrooms, playgrounds and basketball courts are still temporarily closed. 

Scottsdale: Playgrounds and spray pads reopened to the public May 18 under regular operating hours. Basketball and volleyball parks are also expected to reopen by May 22. On May 26, the Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Centers will open for lap swim only. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park will reopen May 21. The train, carousel rides and concessions will be open, but the Model Railroad Building will remain temporarily closed. The Scottsdale Railroad Museum also will remain closed for the summer.

Surprise: The city’s pickleball courts and dog parks are open with social distancing and adherence to CDC guidelines requested. Also following CDC guidelines is the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, which is open by reservation only. The Surprise Resource Center is open by appointment only. The Surprise Aquatic Center, Hollyhock Pool, splash pads, the Surprise Senior Center’s gym, and all recreation centers remain closed due to budget impacts and the ability to adhere to CDC guidelines.

Tempe: Recreation and entertainment venues are open, but must meet physical distancing and health standards. Kiwanis Tennis Center also is open, but visitors must follow physical distancing and CDC guidelines. Groups of 10 or more people are not allowed.

Tolleson: Tolleson City Hall will open on May 18, but all other facilities remain closed until an official decision is made. Playgrounds and public restrooms remain closed, and the use of baseball fields, grills and public ramadas is unavailable. Social distancing is still enforced and the city will provide more information on its website May 14.

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