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Parks and Recreation Impacted Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068Parks and Recreation7/20/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1068/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngParks and Recreation Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClass7E60C0E92564446DAD73562896727BAD"><html> <p>Follow updates about how Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department services, facilities and programs are affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ​</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></p><p><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 and indoor recreation facilities are open. That includes all community and recreation centers, parks, trails, sports complexes and golf courses. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The centers are operating at limited capacity, and are offering summer youth camps and other select programs and activities as the department’s tiered reopening plan progresses. <a target="_blank" href="/parks/classes-and-programs">Learn more and register for these programs and activities</a>.​​​​​​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <br></p><p>City facilities are being operated in accordance with CDC guidelines. A ​mask or face covering and physical distancing protocols are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated​. <br></p><p>All ramadas are open. Select ramadas require a reservation, but most are available for first-come, first-served use.​​<br></p><p>​The process has resumed to apply for a <a href="/parks/parks/party/special-activity-request-form" target="_blank">special activity request</a> to hold a private or public special event in a city park. That includes applications for a <a href="/parks/parks/rules/beer-permit-guidelines" target="_blank">beer permit</a>, or for use of an <a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/reservation/landing/search?eventTypeIds=20">inflatable bounce house</a> or <a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/reservation/landing/search?eventTypeIds=21">amplified sound​</a> on park property.​<br></p><p><a target="_blank" href="/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande">Pueblo Grande Museum</a>'s outdoor interpretative trails are open, and the indoor galleries reopened July 20. The indoor portion of the facility will operate at limited capacity.​​<br></p><p>The <a href="/parks/pac" target="_blank">Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC)</a> program will return to schools citywide during the 2021-22 school year. Registrations opens July 21 at noon.​​<br></p><p>The Parks and Recreation Department has agreements with many partner organizations that operate city-owned facilities, of which the following​ are open and offering varying levels of hours, access and programming:</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;"></p><ul class="" dir="" style="font-size:13.3333px;"><li><a target="_blank" href="http://ak-chinpavilion.com/">Ak-Chin Pavilion​</a><br></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/brewers/spring-training/ballpark">American Family Fields of Phoenix</a><br></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.azscience.org/">Arizona Science Center​</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://dbg.org/">Desert Botanical Garden</a><br></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.enchantedisland.com/">Enchanted Island Amusement Park​</a> in Encanto Park</li><li><a href="https://heritagesquarephx.org/" target="_blank">Heritage Square and Rosson House</a><br></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://azhlp.com/">Horse Lovers Park</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.azirish.org/" target="_blank">Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library</a> in Hance Park​​</li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/">Japanese Friendship Garden</a> in Hance Park</li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://northmountainvisitorcenter.org/">North Mountain Visitor Center</a></li><li><a href="https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/" target="_blank">Phoenix Center for the Arts</a> ​</li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.nativeconnections.org/phoenix-indian-school-visitors-center">Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center</a> in Steele Indian School Park</li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://thesundevils.com/facilities/phoenix-municipal-stadium/5">Phoenix Municipal Stadium</a>  </li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixtenniscenter.org/">Phoenix Tennis Center</a> in Washington Park</li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixzoo.org/">Phoenix Zoo</a></li><li><a href="http://www.azhistcemeteries.org/" target="_blank">Pioneer and Military Memorial Park</a><br></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://riosalado.audubon.org/">Rio Salado Audubon Center</a><br></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://shemerartcenter.org/">Shemer Art Center</a><br></li><li><a href="http://www.azhistcemeteries.org/" target="_blank">Smurthwaite House</a></li><li><a href="https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/thunderbird-arts-center/" target="_blank">Thunderbird Arts Center​</a> ​</li><li><a href="https://tovreacastletours.com/" target="_blank">Tovrea Castle</a><br></li></ul><p><strong>Will the city's public pools and splash pads be open in summer 2021?​</strong><br>The Parks and Recreation Department opened the following 12 city pools this summer: Cortez, Deer Valley, El Prado, Encanto, Falcon, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Pecos, Perry, Starlight, Sunnyslope and University. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Effective July 10, Sunnyslope Pool was temporarily closed due to unexpected repairs. As a result, Roadrunner Pool is open as an alternative location.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p><p>The pools will operate on the normal seasonal schedule, and be open six days a week from May 29 (Memorial Day weekend) to August 1 (closed Fridays), and on Saturdays and Sundays only from August 7 to September 6 (Labor Day). </p><p>New for summer 2021, six pools - El Prado, Encanto, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Starlight and Roasrunner - will be open on weekends only throughout the month of September. </p><p>Complete details about the summer 2021 pool season and swim lesson availability can be found on the <a href="/parks/pools" target="_blank">Pools webpage​</a>.<br></p><p>Splash pads will be open May 29 through October 1. That is the city's normal seasonal schedule for that amenity. ​<br></p><p><strong>Which Parks and Recreation Department services, programs and facilities are affected?​</strong><br>The following recreation programs are postponed or paused:<br></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>City-operated youth and adult sports leagues are paused<br></li><li>The Mobile Recreation program is paused</li><li><p>The <a href="/parks/pac" target="_blank">Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC)</a> program is paused, but will return to schools citywide during the 2021-22 school year. Registrations opens July 21 at noon.</p></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>How are city golf courses affected?</strong><br><a target="_blank" href="/parks/golf">All eight of the city's public golf courses are open normal hours of operation, including restaurants</a>. On-course beverage cart service is available daily. CDC guidelines are being followed. ​<br></p><p><strong>Stay active by participating in FREE virtual recreation programs and activities:</strong><br>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, and several of its partner organizations, are offering a variety of FREE virtual programs, activities and resources to help residents of all ages and abilities stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. <a target="_blank" href="/parks/classes-and-programs">Learn more and register for these FREE programs and activities</a>.​​​​<br></p><p><strong>Will participants of suspended or canceled programs receive a refund?</strong><br>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Participants of classes, programs, sports leagues, Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) and athletic 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.​ <br></p><p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"> <strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Pilot Program Approved to Restrict Use of Select Phoenix Trails During Extreme Heathttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1987Parks and Recreation7/14/2021 1:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1987/hiking safety sign.jpgPilot Program Approved to Restrict Use of Select Phoenix Trails During Extreme Heat<div class="ExternalClass4267AFB7BF7B44C68D9FF0996716A21E"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved during a special meeting on Tuesday a pilot program through which select city hiking trails will be closed when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Watch. Per the City Charter, the Board has the authority to implement park rules that would close or restrict access to trails, and today's decision was made due to concerns for the safety of the public and first responders. </p> <p>The pilot program will run from July 16 to September 30, 2021, and during that time Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail, and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect. Please note that Camelback Mountain's Cholla Trail is currently closed.<br></p> <p>Those locations were chosen for the pilot program based on the number of mountain rescues that occur there annually, as well as the difficulty rating of those trails and how that impacts the complexity of the rescues.</p> <p>During times when trail access will be restricted, parking lot gates will be closed and signage will be posted. Closure information also will be communicated through the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a>'s website and social media accounts, and to local resorts and hotels. Additionally, Phoenix Park Rangers will be visible at those locations to remind and educate trail users about the restrictions.</p> <p>During the Valley's warm weather months, and regardless of an Excessive Heat Watch being in effect, it is recommended that trail users hike during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.</p> <p>To help with that recommendation, extended summer hours are in effect annually from June through September at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain">North Mountain Park</a> and <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak">Piestewa Peak Trailhead</a> in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">Pima Canyon Trailhead</a> in South Mountain Park/Preserve. To provide an extra two hours of availability and promote hiking after 7 p.m., parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations. Year-round at those three trailheads, parking lots open at 5 a.m. and trails are open until 11 p.m.<br></p> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation, and Fire departments have worked in partnership since 2015 to share the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/">“Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> hiking safety message and continue to lead with education about responsible hiking. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking guidelines:</p> <p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li><strong>Watch the Weather:</strong> Yes, "it's a dry heat" – but Arizona's temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it's cool outside, try early mornings and evenings when there's more shade.</li><li><strong>Dress Appropriately:</strong> Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen.</li><li><strong>Bring Water:</strong> Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</li><li><strong>Keep in Contact:</strong> Carry a mobile phone.</li><li>Team Up: Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</li><li><strong>Be Honest:</strong> Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</li><li><strong>Don't Trailblaze:</strong> Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</li><li><strong>Take Responsibility:</strong> Don't be "that person" – the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!<br></li></ul> <p></p> <p>For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months</a>. ​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
July 4th Holiday Parking Restrictions at Phoenix Trailheadshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1972Parks and Recreation6/28/2021 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1972/smp gate house.jpgJuly 4th Holiday Parking Restrictions at Phoenix Trailheads<div class="ExternalClassFE9F3CC01E3141BEB3431F617E9F6BEE"><html> <p>​​To reduce​ fire danger, the <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> will restrict parking access to trailheads located in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves on July 4 starting at 3 p.m. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858">The annual ban of open fires in those areas that started on May 1 remains in effect</a> . All trails will remain open. Trailheads will reopen at the regularly-scheduled time on July 5.</p> <p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers will close entrance gates at 3 p.m. to Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve. Additionally, the upper lookouts in South Mountain Park/Preserve will be emptied and closed at 1 p.m.</p> <p>The following list of regulations will apply on July 4 in those areas:<br></p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>Fireworks are prohibited</li><li>Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited (part of annual fire ban already in effect)</li><li>Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</li><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles is prohibited (part of annual fire ban already in effect)</li><li>Alcoholic beverages prohibited</li><li>Glass beverage containers prohibited<br></li></ul> <p>As the temperature increases and humidity drops this time of year, those utilizing the city's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extra caution. Heat-related illness is common from May to October, and generally occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or overexerted their body based on physical condition or age.</p> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire Department remind trail users to <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails">“Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> when enjoying the city's desert parks and mountain preserves. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking safety guidelines:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""><li><strong>Watch the Weather:</strong> Yes, “it's a dry heat" - but Arizona's temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it's cool outside, try early mornings and evenings when there's more shade.</li><li><strong>Dress Appropriately:</strong> Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen.</li><li><strong>Bring Water:</strong> Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</li><li><strong>Keep in Contact:</strong> Carry a mobile phone.</li><li><strong>Team Up:</strong> Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</li><li><strong>Be Honest:</strong> Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</li><li><strong>Don't Trailblaze​:</strong> Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</li><li><strong>Take Responsibility:</strong> Don't be “that person" - the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!</li></ul> <p>For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months</a>.</p> <p>Detailed information about Phoenix's more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves, and 200-plus miles of trails, is available at <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.</p> <p>Additional information about how residents can have fun this summer and keep their family and friends safe is available at <a target="_blank" href="/pio/summer">Phoenix.gov/Summer</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
More Restrictions at Indoor Recreation Facilities Will Be Lifted June 21https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1958Parks and Recreation6/18/2021 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1958/eastlake cc gym activity.jpgMore Restrictions at Indoor Recreation Facilities Will Be Lifted June 21<div class="ExternalClass2FAAD9E3970D455EB2D00544D09E644F"><html> <p>​​As the <a href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5594/School-Metrics" target="_blank">rate of community transmission</a> for COVID-19 has dropped to the moderate level in Maricopa County, during the next two weeks the <a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> will modify capacity restrictions and increase the activities available at its community and recreation centers, as well as open all of its indoor facilities.</p><p>This policy change is in accordance with <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html" target="_blank">CDC guidance</a>, and follows the city's June 17 announcement that masks or face coverings and physical distancing protocols will no longer be required in city facilities for those who are fully vaccinated.</p><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department started <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1883" target="_blank">a tiered reopening of its centers on June 7</a>, and currently 11 facilities are offering youth summer camp activities for those ages 6 to 12.</p><p>Effective June 21, capacity at those 11 centers will be increased for the camps, and operation of those facilities' fitness rooms, reservable spaces and other scheduled programs will resume at a limited capacity. Customers are encouraged to contact their neighborhood center for additional details about the options and activities available at that location (<a href="/parks/recreation-and-community-centers" target="_blank">contact information for community and recreation centers</a>). Those 11 centers include:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>Deer Valley Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Phoenix+Deer+Valley+Community+Center/%4033.6665471%2c-112.1050588%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b6f0e97a2e377:0x66a6d6abc1cebc39%218m2%213d33.6665471%214d-112.1028701?shorturl=1" target="_blank">2001 W. Wahalla Ln.</a></li><li>Desert West Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Desert+West+Community+Center/%4033.4764095%2c-112.2029176%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b151b437d3451:0xb3c5e9ae067a79c3%218m2%213d33.4764095%214d-112.2007289?shorturl=1" target="_blank">6501 W. Virginia Ave.</a></li><li>Eastlake Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Eastlake+Park/%4033.4462352%2c-112.051056%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b11ffc963d0e9:0x8a6e51bca5a5f6af%218m2%213d33.4462352%214d-112.0488673" target="_blank">1549 E. Jefferson St.</a><br></li><li>Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Goelet+A.+C.+Beuf+Community+Center/%4033.6970556%2c-112.1337991%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b65faf5f7875f:0xa6739f6457227eb%218m2%213d33.6970556%214d-112.1316104?shorturl=1" target="_blank">3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.</a></li><li>Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Longview+Neighborhood+Recreation+Center/%4033.4941506%2c-112.0542259%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b12813daba119:0x11ce4b4c3b56418a%218m2%213d33.494111%214d-112.0520099" target="_blank">4040 N. 14th St.</a></li><li>Maryvale Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Maryvale+Community+Center/%4033.5009204%2c-112.1696962%2c15z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x0:0x221e997cde141672%218m2%213d33.5009204%214d-112.1696962?shorturl=1" target="_blank">4420 N. 51st Ave.</a></li><li>Paradise Valley Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Paradise+Valley+Community+Center/%4033.6452755%2c-111.9991465%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x80d9519f830cfbe5:0x358a28ed24389c5e%218m2%213d33.6452755%214d-111.9969578?shorturl=1" target="_blank">17402 N. 40th St.</a></li><li>Pecos Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pecos+Community+Center/%4033.2918127%2c-111.9833636%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b0475bf1ce331:0x9bed0a6720a0f578%218m2%213d33.2918127%214d-111.9811749" target="_blank">17010 S. 48th St.</a></li><li>South Mountain Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/South+Mountain+Community+Center/%4033.3890796%2c-112.0727214%2c17z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b10386ddd3867:0x988967b1e014dd61%218m2%213d33.3890751%214d-112.0705327?shorturl=1" target="_blank">212 E. Alta Vista Rd.</a></li><li>Sunnyslope​ Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sunnyslope+Community+Center/%4033.5735106%2c-112.0642064%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b6d762e8b74a5:0x87050aadd7899072%218m2%213d33.5735121%214d-112.0620158" target="_blank">802 E. Vogel Ave.</a></li><li>Washington Activity Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+Activity+Center/%4033.5302398%2c-112.1097544%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b6cd1de133811:0xfe53ef821da7b977%218m2%213d33.5302398%214d-112.1075657?shorturl=1" target="_blank">2240 W. Citrus Way</a></li></ul> <p>Effective June 28, the department's remaining 14 centers will reopen and begin offering youth summer camps and other scheduled programs and activities at a limited capacity. Customers are encouraged to contact their neighborhood center for additional details about the options available at that location (<a href="/parks/recreation-and-community-centers" target="_blank">contact information for community and recreation centers</a>).</p><p>In addition to reopening those facilities, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department continues to offer a variety of free virtual recreation and fitness options. The department also is operating <a href="/parks/pools" target="_blank">12 pools this summer</a>. Free swim lessons are available for youth ages 3 to 12, and youth age 17 and younger can participate in open swim for free (youth must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years old for open swim).​<br></p><p>Visit <a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a> for information about pools, swim lessons, and virtual and in-person recreation programming.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Changes Made to Open Swim Schedule at City Poolshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1945Parks and Recreation6/10/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1945/water splash.jpgChanges Made to Open Swim Schedule at City Pools<div class="ExternalClass23809A7FBCD54A27BB76E0D8136A2549"><html> <p>​​Th​e <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> has modified the format for open swim at city pools this summer. The changes include lifting the reservation requirement and adjusting the hours of availability. Doing so will provide an improved customer experience.</p><p>Effective June 12, reservations will no longer be needed to participate in open swim at a City of Phoenix pool. Customers will be able to walk-up to a facility, pay the admission fee and enter as capacity allows. Due to COVID-19 protocols, city pools are being operated at a reduced capacity this summer.</p><p>Also, effective June 12, open swim will be available in <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>two 2-hour and 45-minute time blocks six days a week (pools are closed Fridays)​. The schedule will be as follows:</p><p></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Noon to 2:45 p.m.<br></li><li>2:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. – pool facility closed for cleaning</li><li>3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.</li></ul><p></p><p>Youth age 17 and younger can swim for FREE at all city pools this summer, while adults can swim for $3 and seniors for $1 (age 60 and older). Starting June 12, a season pass can be purchased in-person at a city pool. An adult season pass is $30 (age 18 and older) and a senior season pass is $20 (age 60 and older).</p><p>Youth must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age for open swim. A mask or face covering is required by everyone when indoors at a city pool facility and encouraged for anyone when outdoors and not in the water.</p><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is operating 12 pools citywide this summer. A list of which pools are open and the seasonal schedule is available at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/pools">Phoenix.gov/Parks/Pools</a>.</p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher Names Cynthia Aguilar Parks and Recreation Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1934Parks and Recreation6/4/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1934/Newsroom_Park_003Dir (002).pngPhoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher Names Cynthia Aguilar Parks and Recreation Director<div class="ExternalClassD3D7B79B8DD04030A9758A7F9765A48F"><html> <p> ​​​Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named Cynthia Aguilar as the city's Parks and Recreation Director, responsible for the largest municipal parks system in the nation, including more than 41,000 acres, 185 parks and 200-plus miles of hiking trails. The city's Parks and Recreation budget is more than $118 million and has 1,500 full- and part-time employees.</p> <p>“This is an example of searching far and wide for the ideal candidate to fill one of the most demanding jobs in the city and finding her right here, already serving the residents of Phoenix at the highest level," said Zuercher. “Cynthia has proven herself, in a variety of capacities, to be able to handle some of the biggest challenges in the fifth largest city in the nation, while being fiscally responsible, and always responsive to the needs of the community, our customers."</p> <p>Aguilar began her city career as a recreation coordinator in the Parks and Recreation Department and was promoted to positions throughout the city, in the Planning and Development Department and the City Manager's Office, where she was instrumental in launching the Citywide Volunteer Program. She also took on special assignments with the Police Department and the City Council Office, before returning to Parks and Recreation as deputy director for the Downtown and Special Operations divisions, responsible for more than 100 parks and recreation facilities, golf courses, city pools, sports complexes and major league and college baseball facilities. She was promoted to assistant director with Parks and Recreation before being named acting director in December 2020.</p> <p>“I'm excited for the opportunity to guide the talented and creative staff that make up the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department," Aguilar said. “This is where I began my career with the city, and I have had many rewarding experiences since. As a native Phoenician, I know how important the programs and services are that we provide to the community and the impact they can have on someone's life. I look forward to leading a wonderful team and serving Phoenix residents."</p> <p>Aguilar holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration, both from Arizona State University. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class 34, a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, and was honored with Valle del Sol's 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Take Advantage of Extended Summer Hours at City Trailheadshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1929Parks and Recreation6/1/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1929/hiking safety sign smp.jpgTake Advantage of Extended Summer Hours at City Trailheads<div class="ExternalClass467DD21A12DC4900AA75551BE7EE7539"><html> <p>During the Valley's warm weather months, Phoenix Park Rangers recommend hiking during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.</p> <p> To help with that recommendation, extended summer hours are in effect annually from June through September at three of the city's popular hiking destinations – <a href="/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain" target="_blank">North Mountain Park</a> and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak" target="_blank">Piestewa Peak Trailhead</a> in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain" target="_blank">Pima Canyon Trailhead​</a> in South Mountain Park/Preserve. </p> <p> To provide an extra two hours of availability and promote hiking after 7 p.m., parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations. Year-round at those three trailheads, parking lots open at 5 a.m. and trails are open until 11 p.m. </p> <p> The Phoenix Parks and Recreation and Phoenix Fire departments remind trail users to <a href="/parks/trails/" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> when enjoying the city's desert parks and mountain preserves. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking safety guidelines: </p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p> <strong>Watch the Weather:</strong> Yes, "it's a dry heat" - but Arizona's temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it's cool outside, try early mornings and evenings when there's more shade. </p></li> <li><p> <strong>Dress Appropriately:</strong> Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Bring Water:</strong> Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Keep in Contact:</strong> Carry a mobile phone.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Team Up:</strong> Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Be Honest:</strong> Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Don't Trailblaze:</strong> Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Take Responsibility:</strong> Don't be "that person" - the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!</p></li> </ul> <p> For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months</a>. </p> <p> Visitors to Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should also be aware that the <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires went into effect on May 1</a>. </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
WATCH: Summer 2021 City Pools Previewhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1924Parks and Recreation5/21/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/d6G_04ggMoYWATCH: Summer 2021 City Pools Preview<div class="ExternalClass22F251D657054EC9B8420812D060B0F6"><html> <p>​City of Phoenix pools open Saturday, May 29 at noon for the normal seasonal schedule. <br></p> <p>In its latest City Update segment, PHXTV explains which <a href="/parks/pools/find-a-pool" target="_blank">12 pools will be open this summer​</a>, how to <a href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&activity_select_param=2&activity_category_ids=15&activity_keyword=open%20swim&viewMode=list" target="_blank">make a reservation for open swim</a>, and the <a href="/parks/pools/programs" target="_blank">registration schedule</a> for FREE swims lessons. <br></p> <p>Watch the segment and visit <a href="/parks/pools/" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks/Pools</a> for more information.<br></p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1870" target="_blank">Read additional information about city pools and swim lessons for summer 2021</a><br></p><p><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"></span><img style="margin:5px;width:464px;" src="/parkssite/MediaAssets/PKS_Aquatics/COVID_Signage_Aquatics_2021_Welcome.jpg" /><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksVideoparks-and-recreationParks & Rec

 

 

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