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Parks and Recreation Impacted Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068Parks and Recreation 3/31/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1068/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngParks and Recreation Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClassD8D1DADE4C34402898C927F17B7296BD"><html> <p>Follow updates about which Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department services, facilities and programs are affected as the city of Phoenix works with the community to combat the spread of coronavirus. ​The department cares deeply about the health of its staff and customers.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"><strong><em>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</em></strong></a><em> </em><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em>Use the Translate button on the menu bar at the top of this page to read in another language​ </em></p> <p><strong>Which Parks and Recreation Department facilities are open and available for use?</strong><br>The city's outdoor recreational facilities are open normal hours of operation. The city of Phoenix has one of the largest recreation systems in the nation, which includes 185 parks, 200-plus miles of hiking trails within 41,000-plus acres of natural area, 12 dog parks, eight golf courses, seven skate parks, multiple sports complexes and other outdoor amenities. </p><p>Residents can find detailed information about outdoor recreational options at ​<a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/parks"> Phoenix.gov/Parks</a> and via updates on the department’s social media accounts (<a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/phoenixparks/">Facebook</a> and <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixParks"> Twitter</a>)​.</p><ul><li>Effective Monday, March 30, and until further notice, restaurants at Aguila, Cave Creek and Encanto golf courses will be closed Monday thru Thursday, and open Friday thru Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer a limited menu and to-go orders only. Inside seating for eating and drinking will not be permitted. On-course beverage cart service will be available daily, and will offer hot dog and sandwich food options Monday thru Thursday.<br></li><li>The weekly Silent Sunday event in South Mountain Park/Preserve will continue as scheduled</li><li>Phoenix Tennis Center in Washington Park is open, but operating modified hours</li></ul><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1102">Effective Tuesday, March 31​ at 5 p.m., and until further notice, all playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within city parks​ will be temporarily closed​</a>​.​ City parks will remain open normal posted hours for residents to enjoy green space, walking paths, dog parks, skate parks, and tennis and pickleball courts, while practicing responsible social or physical distancing.<br></p><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1096">Effective Saturday, March 28, and until further notice, limited access will be available at Papago Park’s Hole in the Rock, Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon Trailhead, Piestewa Peak Trailhead, and South Mountain Park’s Pima Canyon Trailhead and Dobbins Lookout</a>. Due to rock remediation and trail maintenance following recent rain, Camelback Mountain's Cholla Trail will be closed for approximately two weeks.<br></p><p><strong>Can I get exercise outdoors and still practice responsible social or physical distancing?</strong><br>Being outdoors is important for health and wellness. The Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents to get outside, get exercise and practice responsible social or physical distancing while exploring all that the city's park​ system has to offer. The city of Phoenix is one of more than 1,000​​​​ organizations nationwide to have ​signed on in support of the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082">​social or physical distancing guidelines</a> when using a public park or trail. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nrpa.org/about-national-recreation-and-park-association/press-room/NRPA-statement-on-using-parks-and-open-space-while-maintaining-social-distancing/">Read more on the NRPA website</a></p><p><strong>Which Parks and Recreation Department services, programs and facilities are affected?</strong><br><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039">Effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, all city indoor recreation facilities will be temporarily closed</a>. All classes and programs, including youth and adult sports leagues, are suspended. Gatherings and events on city park property are canceled or postponed, which includes organizations that have a sports field reservation or special activity request.</p><ul><li>Pueblo Grande Museum is closed</li><li>The Mobile Recreation program has been suspended<br></li><li>The Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) program has been suspended (PAC operates on school campuses citywide and will be suspended until schools reopen)</li><li>Adaptive and inclusive programs operated by non-profit partner Daring Adventures have been postponed​ (offices located in Telephone Pioneers Park are closed)<br></li></ul><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1102">Effective Tuesday, March 31​ at 5 p.m., and until further notice, all playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within city parks​ will be temporarily closed​</a>​.​ City parks will remain open normal posted hours for residents to enjoy green space, walking paths, dog parks, skate parks, and tennis and pickleball courts, while practicing social or physical distancing.​<br></p><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1096">Effective Saturday, March 28, and until further notice, limited access will be available at Papago Park’s Hole in the Rock, Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon Trailhead, Piestewa Peak Trailhead, and South Mountain Park’s Pima Canyon Trailhead and Dobbins Lookout</a>. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Due to rock remediation and trail maintenance following recent rain, Camelback Mountain's Cholla Trail will be closed for approximately two weeks.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p><p>The Parks and Recreation Department has agreements with many partner organizations that operate city-owned facilities, of which the following​ are closed: <br></p><ul><li>American Family Fields of Phoenix</li><li>Arizona Science Center</li><li>Desert Botanical Garden</li><li>Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Encanto Park</li><li>Heritage Square</li><li>Horse Lovers Park</li><li>Irish Cultural Center</li><li>Japanese Friendship Garden (garden and gift shop)</li><li>North Mountain Visitor Center</li><li>Phoenix Center for the Arts</li><li>Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center in Steele Indian School Park</li><li>Phoenix Municipal Stadium​</li><li>Phoenix Zoo</li><li>Pioneer and Military Memorial Park​​ and Smurthwaite House​</li><li>Rio Salado Audubon Center​</li><li>Shemer Art Center</li><li>South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)</li><li>Thunderbird Arts Center</li><li>Tovrea Castle</li></ul><p><strong>Are upcoming registration dates affected?</strong><br>Registration for lifeguard and aquatics staff training, and 2020 summer classes, programs and activities are postponed until further notice. </p><p><strong>Will participants of suspended or canceled programs receive a refund?</strong><br>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Participants of winter and spring classes, programs, sports leagues and sports field reservations will receive a prorated refund. Credit will be placed on their Activenet account and be available for use the next time they register. If paid by credit card, the refund will automatically be applied to that card. Customers can request a refund by check, which could take up to 2 to 4 weeks to process. If a participant wishes to receive a check, they should contact the facility at which the program was being held. All administrative fees for cancelations and refunds have been waived.​ </p><p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"> <strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong>     </a> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Restrooms in Phoenix Parks will Temporarily Closehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1119Parks and Recreation 4/4/2020 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1119/playground sign.jpgRestrooms in Phoenix Parks will Temporarily Close<div class="ExternalClass6C8E2C5EACCE4C8DAE213132260184EF"><html> <p>​In response to concerns related to the coronavirus, effective Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. and until further notice, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will temporarily close all restrooms located in its public parks. The decision was made after receiving additional guidance Friday from Governor Doug <span style="white-space:nowrap;" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip"><span style="font-size:8pt;" class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip"><a target="_blank" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip"><img src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" alt="Misspelled Word" style="width:0px;" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" /></a></span><span id="rnd30848" class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip">Ducey</span></span> regarding essential services and recreational activities.</p><p>This adds restrooms to the already in effect list of closed city park amenities that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene. Those amenities include playgrounds, picnic tables, <span style="white-space:nowrap;" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip"><span style="font-size:8pt;" class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip"><a target="_blank" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip"><img src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" alt="Misspelled Word" style="width:0px;" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" /></a></span><span id="rnd50040" class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip">ramadas</span></span>, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes. </p> <p>Detailed information about the city's parks and their amenities is available by visiting <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. Being outdoors is important for health and wellness, and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents to get outside, get exercise and practice responsible physical distancing. The department will continue to work with the community to manage this public health emergency, and asks that residents follow these guidelines:</p> <ul><li>Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms</li><li>Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails</li><li>Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains</li><li>While on trails, warn other users of their presence as they pass, and step aside to let others pass</li><li>Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times</li><li>Observe CDC minimum recommended social or physical distancing of six feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.</li><li>Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up-to-date recommendations on park and trail use</li></ul> <p>For additional information about local response to the coronavirus, visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5302/Public-Health">Maricopa County Department of Public Health</a> and the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azdhs.gov/">Arizona Department of Health Services</a> websites.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Additional Park Amenity Closures and Easter Weekend Restrictionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1114Parks and Recreation 4/3/2020 2:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1114/Photo - Hayden Park - 00443.jpgAdditional Park Amenity Closures and Easter Weekend Restrictions<div class="ExternalClass95C6B1DF364744429B2FCEC05FA04944"><html> <div> <p> As it continues to manage the spread of the coronavirus, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department announced Thursday additional temporary closures of amenities within its public parks, an operational change at its golf courses and a policy for the upcoming Easter holiday weekend. These decisions were made after a vote of the Phoenix City Council.</p> <p>Effective immediately, and until further notice, all ramadas and picnic tables are temporarily closed. This includes ramadas and picnic tables located in flatland parks, as well as those in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves. Additionally, the department will implement a change with golf cart rentals at the city's eight golf courses, by limiting cart use to one person at a time unless it is two family members. </p> <p>These temporary closures and the change in golf course operation add to the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1102">park amenities closures that went into effect on March 31 at 5 p.m.</a>, which include closure of all playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within city parks. The <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1096">parking lot and trails limited access policy that went into effect on March 28</a> at Papago Park's Hole in the Rock, Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trailhead, Piestewa Peak Trailhead, and South Mountain Park's Pima Canyon Trailhead and Dobbins Lookout is still in place.</p> <p>For the Easter holiday weekend, which is Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, the following policy will be in effect: </p> <ul><li>Flatland parks will be open for residents to access walking paths and green space only</li><li>Picnicking and grilling will be prohibited</li><li>Restrooms will remain open</li><li>Parking lots for flatland parks will be closed, but those with a disabled parking placard will be allowed access</li></ul> <p>Detailed information about the city's parks and their amenities is available by visiting <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. Being outdoors is important for health and wellness, and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents to get outside, get exercise and practice responsible physical distancing. The department will continue to work with the community to manage this public health emergency, and asks that residents follow these guidelines:</p> <ul><li>Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms</li><li>Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails</li><li>Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains</li><li>While on trails, warn other users of their presence as they pass, and step aside to let others pass</li><li>Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times</li><li>Observe CDC minimum recommended social or physical distancing of six feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.</li><li>Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up-to-date recommendations on park and trail use</li></ul> <p>For additional information about local response to the coronavirus, visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5302/Public-Health">Maricopa County Department of Public Health</a> and the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azdhs.gov/">Arizona Department of Health Services</a> websites.</p> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Phoenix Closes Playgrounds and Other Park Amenitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1102Parks and Recreation 3/31/2020 2:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1102/Photo_CV-19_Closure_342_Newsroom.jpgPhoenix Closes Playgrounds and Other Park Amenities<div class="ExternalClass43ED6386BBF64866ADDDEB594AF8A6CB"><html> <p>​To manage the spread of the coronavirus, effective Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m., the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will temporarily close all playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within its public parks. This decision is being made under authority in Phoenix City Code and in support of a statement issued Friday, March 27 by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), in which it said the following:</p><p>“NRPA understands the important value playgrounds and play structures provide to communities across the country, especially for children. But, given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on physical distancing, limiting in-person social interactions, avoiding spaces where people congregate in close quarters, and the concerns around transmission of the virus being spread through surfaces, we believe that playgrounds and play structures should temporarily close in an effort to reduce community spread."</p><p>All city parks will remain open normal posted hours for residents to enjoy green space, walking paths, dog parks, skate parks, and tennis and <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a target="_blank" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd33654">pickleball</span></span> courts, while practicing the recommended safe social or physical distancing of six feet and not congregating in groups of more than 10 people. Additionally, the city's more than 200 miles of trails, located within 41,000-plus acres of preserve land and natural desert park areas, remain open normal hours. Access is being limited at several of the city's high-traffic trailheads. Restrooms will also remain open during park and preserve hours of operation. </p><p>In a response to coronavirus concerns, all park benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains, railings and restrooms are being cleaned daily. The restroom cleaning process includes all fixtures, hand dryers and baby changing tables. Park guests and those using hiking trails are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. </p><p>Detailed information about the city's parks and their amenities is available by visiting <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. Being outdoors is important for health and wellness, and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents to get outside, get exercise and practice responsible social distancing. The department will continue to work with the community to manage this public health emergency.</p> <p>For additional information about local response to the coronavirus, visit the <a href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5302/Public-Health" target="_blank">Maricopa County Department of Public Health</a> and the <a href="https://www.azdhs.gov/" target="_blank">Arizona Department of Health Services</a> websites.</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
To Help with Social Distancing, Phoenix Limits Access to Trailshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1096Parks and Recreation 3/27/2020 9:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1096/piestewa peak hikers.jpgTo Help with Social Distancing, Phoenix Limits Access to Trails<div class="ExternalClassAE4EAC363EC847A9A3DB310BE0A8493F"><html> <p>​Being outdoors is important to health and wellness, and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department continues to educate the community about responsible social distancing of at least six feet when using a park, hiking trail or just enjoying the outdoors.</p><p>To continue this education and address increased volume on some city hiking trails, starting this weekend the department will limit access to several of the city's high-traffic hiking destinations. Additionally, the department will increase visibility of park rangers and city staff at those locations to resolve issues with vehicle and foot traffic. </p><p>Effective Saturday, March 28, and until further notice, the following areas will be impacted:</p><ul><li><strong>Papago Park – Hole in the Rock:</strong> The main parking lot for Hole in the Rock will be closed and access by hikers to Hole in the Rock will be limited. Trail usage at this location has nearly tripled over the last three weeks, compared to the same period in 2019. Other parking lots within Papago Park will be open, as will other trails and access points.</li><li><strong>Camelback Mountain – Echo Canyon Trailhead: </strong>Traffic and parking controls to manage ingress and egress will be in place to resolve overcrowding. Drivers should be respectful if parking in the surrounding neighborhood and be aware of any street parking restrictions.</li><li><strong><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd11661">Pieste<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>wa</span></span> Peak Trailhead: </strong>Traffic and parking controls to manage ingress and egress will be in place to resolve overcrowding. Drivers should be respectful if parking in the surrounding neighborhood and be aware of any street parking restrictions.</li><li><strong>South Mountain Park – Pima Canyon Trailhead:</strong> Traffic and parking controls to manage ingress and egress will be in place to resolve overcrowding. Drivers should be respectful if parking in the surrounding neighborhood and be aware of any street parking restrictions.</li><li><strong>South Mountain Park – Dobbins Lookout:</strong> Vehicle access on Summit Rd. will be controlled to resolve overcrowding at Dobbins Lookout.</li><li><strong>Camelback Mountain – <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd3864">Cholla</span></span> Trail:</strong> Due to rock remediation and trail maintenance following recent rain, this trail will be closed for approximately two weeks. </li></ul><p>City staff is continually monitoring vehicle and foot traffic at trailheads citywide, and additional limits could be put in place at other locations if needed. If hikers see that a trailhead is busy, they should avoid contributing to a large group and use another trail or visit another trailhead. </p><p>Phoenix is home to more than 200 miles of trails, and while these limitations are in place the hiking community is encouraged to explore trails in other areas. Suggested alternate trail locations include the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and the Reach 11 Recreation Area. Detailed trail information, trailhead locations and important "Take a Hike. Do it Right." hiking safety guidelines can be found at <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phoenix.gov/Parks/Trails</span></a>.</p><p>Residents can also exercise outside by walking, jogging or biking along the recently renovated <a href="http://www.grandcanalscape.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Grand <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"></span></span></span><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd30264">Canalscape</span>. They can also take advantage of <a href="/parks/fitphx/walkphx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"></span></span></span><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd90798">FitPHX</span> <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd65787">WalkPHX</span></span> paths in more than 40 city parks. </a></a></p><p>All Phoenix parks, sports complexes and golf courses are open normal hours of operation. Residents can find an outdoor recreational amenity in their neighborhood and learn more about responsible social distancing when using a park or trail by visiting <a href="/parks" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phoenix.gov/Parks</span></a>.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Enjoy the Outdoors, But Practice Responsible Social Distancinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082Parks and Recreation 3/22/2020 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1082/hiker.jpgEnjoy the Outdoors, But Practice Responsible Social Distancing<div class="ExternalClassA36EB80C363A4237AEB3FD0A2261C035"><html> <p>​The city of Phoenix boasts one of the largest park systems in the nation, and while its Parks and Recreation Department closed its indoor facilities due to concerns about the spread​ of the coronavirus, the city's outdoor recreational amenities remain open. </p> <p style="font:400 13.33px/1.6 calibri;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">The department is encouraging residents to get outside, get exercise and practice responsible social distancing while exploring all that the city has to offer recreationally. That includes 185 parks, more than 200 miles of hiking trails, multiple golf courses, dog parks, skate parks and sports complexes. <span></span>Residents can find detailed information about the city's outdoor recreational options at <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/parks" style="color:rgb(32, 173, 149);text-decoration:none;"> Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.​</p> <p style="font:400 13.33px/1.6 calibri;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Earlier this week, the city was one of more than 500 organizations nationwide to sign on in support of the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) safe social distancing guidelines when using public parks and trails. Those groups joined NRPA in making the following statement.</p><p style="font:400 13.33px/1.6 calibri;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;"><a target="_blank" title=""><img src="/parkssite/MediaAssets/GFX_NRPA_COVID-19.jpg" alt="COVID-19: Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trails" style="margin:5px;width:494px;" /></a><br><a target="_blank" title=""><img src="/parkssite/MediaAssets/GFX_NRPA_COVID-19_Trails.jpg" alt="COVID-19: Social DIstancing on Public Trails" style="margin:5px;width:494px;" /></a></p> <div style="text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"> <div style="box-sizing:inherit;"> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation. As organizations that support the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity, which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.</p> </div> </div> <span style="text-align:left;color:rgb(17, 17, 17);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:cabin,trebuchet,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);"> </span> <p style="font:400 13.33px/1.6 calibri;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">In places where there are no restrictions on the use of local parks, trails and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations.</p> <ul style="text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"> <li>Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.</li> <li>Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.</li> <li>Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.</li> <li>While on trails, warn other users of their presence as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.</li> <li>Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.</li> <li>Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.​</li> <li>Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up-to-date recommendations on park and trail use.</li> </ul> <span style="text-align:left;color:rgb(17, 17, 17);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:cabin,trebuchet,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);"> </span> <p style="font:400 13.33px/1.6 calibri;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">We encourage local jurisdictions to keep parks, trails and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so.</p> <span style="text-align:left;color:rgb(17, 17, 17);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:cabin,trebuchet,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);"> </span> <p style="font:400 13.33px/1.6 calibri;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our nation’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance. ​</p> <p style="font:400 13.33px/1.6 calibri;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;"> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nrpa.org/about-national-recreation-and-park-association/press-room/NRPA-statement-on-using-parks-and-open-space-while-maintaining-social-distancing/">Read more about the statement on the NRPA website</a>​​</p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054">See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</a>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
All Indoor Recreation Facilities Temporarily Closedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039Parks and Recreation 3/16/2020 3:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1039/Parks_Coronavirus_Centers_Closing.pngAll Indoor Recreation Facilities Temporarily Closed<div class="ExternalClassF7EA6D8384D94CAA85027B04FCD8BAAD"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The city of Phoenix is taking additional steps to protect its residents and help to combat the spread of coronavirus in the community.​</p><p><strong>Effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will temporarily close​ all indoor recreation facilities.</strong> This closure also includes Phoenix Afterschool Centers (PAC), which are located on school campuses citywide. </p><p>City parks and trails remain open for general recreational use. City golf courses also will be open normal hours.​ Residents can visit<a target="_blank" href="/parks"> Phoenix.gov/Parks</a> to find a complete listing of outdoor recreational options.</p><p>This added measure is being taken based on new recommendations from health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state leaders, which include<font color="#0b0151"> ​</font>temporarily suspending gatherings of 50 or more people and the temporary closing of all schools in Arizona.</p><p>On Friday, the Parks and Recreation Department announced that all classes and programs at the city's community and recreation centers had been suspended, which includes youth and adult sports leagues. Additionally, large gatherings and events on city park property​ were canceled or postponed. ​Last week, the city also temporarily closed its senior centers.​</p><p>​​​​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>​Residents with questions about city services and programs affected by these changes can contact 602-262-3111 or e-mail <a target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov​</a>.​​​​​​​​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Camelback Mountain Trails Will Reopen Mondayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1037Parks and Recreation 3/16/2020 12:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1037/camelback.jpgCamelback Mountain Trails Will Reopen Monday<div class="ExternalClassA19E2883B6844EAEB85A1860E428F4E9"><html> <p>​Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon and Cholla trails will reopen Monday at sunrise, after being closed Saturday by Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department staff due to safety concerns. Trail hours at this location are sunrise to sunset year-round.<br></p><p>The closure was put in place due to concern that recent rain <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>may have loosened rocks and boulders along the popular and heavily trafficked trails. ​The safety evaluation was completed Sunday afternoon. Parks and Recreation Department staff thank the hiking community for its patience during the closure and safety review process.</p><p>This is a busy time of year for the use of Phoenix's 200-plus miles of hiking trails. Phoenix Park Rangers and Fire Department want trail users to "Take a Hike. Do it Right." Important hiking safety guidelines and detailed information about the city's trail system can be found at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails">Phoenix.gov/Parks/Trails</a>.​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec

 

 

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Health Alert: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/DispForm.aspx?ID=16https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/Attachments/16/S275a.jpgHealth Alert: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)<div class="ExternalClass6158472297AD4DAC86558FE3A36DD428"><html>Read the City of Phoenix impacted services update; one comprehensive page to track what's open and operating and what's temporarily impacted.<br></html></div>Newshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/10543/9/2020 10:17:13 PM5/30/2020 10:17:13 PM

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