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Parks and Recreation Impacted Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068Parks and Recreation7/8/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1068/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngParks and Recreation Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClassDF0DDE25981047609A6DCC1D117F4172"><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 manage the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. ​The department cares deeply about the health of its staff and customers. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/article/1352">Face Coverings Required in the City of Phoenix</a></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>Will the city's public pools and splashpads be open this summer?<br></strong>The city's 29 public pools and nine splashpads are closed for summer 2020. The closure includes cancellation of all swimming lessons, swim and dive teams, the water basketball league, and other activities and events held at city pools. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1227">Read a statement about the summer 2020 pool season</a>.​​</p><p>During a typical year, city pools are open six days a week seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through July (closed Fridays). During August through Labor Day, 11 select pools are open weekends only. Splashpads are open seasonally during a typical year from the last Saturday in May through October 1.</p><p><strong>Which Parks and Recreation Department facilities are open and available for use?</strong><br>The City of Phoenix has one of the largest recreation systems in the nation. The city's 185 flatland parks are open normal hours of operation, including use of the following amenities: </p><ul><li>Open green space</li><li>Walking paths</li><li>Tennis courts</li><li>Pickleball courts</li><li>Benches</li><li>Drinking fountains</li><li>Disc golf</li><li>12 dog parks</li><li>8 golf courses</li><li>7 skate parks/plazas</li></ul><p>Additionally, the city's hiking trails are open. Trailhead restrooms are open.</p><p>The weekly <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">Silent Sunday</a> event in South Mountain Park/Preserve will continue as scheduled.</p><p>Residents can find detailed information about the city's 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><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 access and programming:</p><ul><li><a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixtenniscenter.org/">Phoenix Tennis Center</a> in Washington Park is open, but operating modified hours.</li><li>Effective May 15, the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/">Japanese Friendship Garden</a> in Hance Park opened.</li><li>Effective June 1, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nativeconnections.org/phoenix-indian-school-visitors-center"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center</a> in Steele Indian School Park opened for tours by appointment and group rentals of limited capacity. </li><li>Effective June 1, <a target="_blank" href="https://shemerartcenter.org/">Shemer Art Center</a> opened to provide summer camps only. The Center opened to the general public July 6.</li><li>Effective June 15, <a target="_blank" href="https://northmountainvisitorcenter.org/">North Mountain Visitor Center</a> opened and is operating limited hours.</li><li>Effective June 16, the <a target="_blank" href="https://dbg.org/">Desert Botanical Garden</a> opened for members only. The Garden opened by reservation to the general public July 6.</li><li>Effective July 7, the <a href="https://www.phoenixzoo.org/" target="_blank">Phoenix Zoo</a> is offering a drive-thru experience only.</li></ul><p><strong>Which Parks and Recreation Department services, programs and facilities are affected?</strong><br>The following outdoor city recreational amenities are temporarily closed:</p><ul><li>Restrooms in parks (restrooms at trailheads are open)</li><li>Playgrounds</li><li>Basketball and volleyball courts</li><li>Fitness equipment</li><li>Ramadas</li><li>Picnic tables</li><li>Splashpads</li><li>Pools</li><li>Encanto and Rose Mofford sports complexes</li><li>Sports fields for organized activities </li></ul><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039">All city indoor recreation facilities are temporarily closed</a>. </p><p>All in-person classes and programs, including youth and adult sports leagues, are suspended. All l​arge gatherings and events on city park property are canceled or postponed, including groups and organizations that have a sports field reservation or special activity request.</p><p>The following recreation facilities or programs are closed, postponed or suspended:</p><ul><li>Pueblo Grande Museum is closed and all programs are postponed</li><li>The Mobile Recreation program has been suspended</li><li>The Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) program has been suspended (PAC operates on school campuses citywide and will be suspended until school schedules are modified)</li><li>Adaptive and inclusive programs operated by non-profit partner Daring Adventures have been postponed​ (offices located in Telephone Pioneers Park are closed) <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end">​</span></li></ul><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p>The Parks and Recreation Department has agreements with many partner organizations that operate city-owned facilities, of which the following​ are closed: </p><ul><li>Ak-Chin Pavilion</li><li>American Family Fields of Phoenix</li><li>Arizona Science Center</li><li>Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Encanto Park</li><li>Heritage Square</li><li>Horse Lovers Park</li><li>Irish Cultural Center in Hance Park</li><li>Phoenix Center for the Arts</li><li>Phoenix Municipal Stadium​</li><li>Pioneer and Military Memorial Park​​ and Smurthwaite House​</li><li>Rio Salado Audubon Center​</li><li>South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)</li><li>Thunderbird Arts Center</li><li>Tovrea Castle​</li></ul><p><strong>How are city golf courses affected?<br></strong><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 and physical distancing protocol is being followed. </p><p>Golf cart rental/use is limited to one person at a time unless it is two family members. ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p><p>The<a target="_blank" href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Golf/PKS_Golf_Entry_Forms.pdf"> 2020 ​​Stroke Play Championship​</a> has been rescheduled for August 21-23.​​​</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<a target="_blank" href="/newssite/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ephoenix%2Egov%2Fparkssite%2FMediaAssets%2FGFX%5FCOVID%5FSocial%5FDistancing%2Ejpg"> social or physical distancing</a> 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>Are upcoming registration dates affected?</strong><br>Registration for in-person classes, programs and activities is postponed until further notice. Due to community and recreation center temporary closures, youth camps and other programs will not be offered during summer 2020.</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, Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) 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
FitPHX Goes Virtual with Summer Programshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1395Parks and Recreation7/11/2020 2:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1395/FitPHX_Fall_Into_Fitness.jpgFitPHX Goes Virtual with Summer Programs<div class="ExternalClass05356B4D6E1A4468B9D2A614EE9D96B1"><html> <p>​<a target="_blank" href="/parks/fitphx">FitPHX​</a>, the city’s healthy community initiative, will present its summer 2020 activities virtually starting this month. Eight weeks of programming will begin the week of July 13, and includes the popular Fitness Bootcamp and Fall Into Fitness series. The schedule also features a new monthly Morning Yoga series. All three programs are presented thanks to the sponsorship of <a target="_blank" href="https://local.aarp.org/phoenix-az/">AARP Phoenix</a> and other supporting partners.</p><p>These programs are free, but registration is required. Registered participants will receive a unique code to virtually join the live stream via Zoom. Participants will also need to download the free Zoom app through the iTunes or Android store, or search for and download it through their internet service provider.</p><p><strong>FitPHX Virtual: Fitness Bootcamp</strong><br>Fitness Bootcamp, presented in partnership with <a target="_blank" href="https://valleyymca.org/">Valley of the Sun YMCA</a>, will be held each Monday from July 13 to August 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. YMCA instructors lead this circuit-style class that combines cardio, strength and speed for a heart pumping workout that will bring participant's fitness to the next level. This is designed as a fun and supportive 60-minute session. <a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search/detail/36136">Learn more and register</a>.</p><p><strong>FitPHX Virtual: Fall Into Fitness</strong><br>Fall Into Fitness, presented in partnership with <a target="_blank" href="http://energizedbyexercise.com/">Energized by Exercise</a>, is a family-oriented fitness program for all ages and experience levels. It will be held each Tuesday from July 14 to September 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. Professional instructors will lead calorie burning classes such as Turbo Kick LIVE, Zumba, P90X LIVE, PiYo, HIGH Fitness and Core de Force. The workouts are fun, interactive and designed to get people moving, and are set to popular music. <a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search/detail/36135">Learn more and register</a>.</p><p><strong>FitPHX Virtual: Morning Yoga</strong><br>Morning Yoga, presented in partnership with <a target="_blank" href="https://www.sutrastudios.com/">Sutra Studios</a>, is designed for all ages and experience levels. It will be held every third Saturday of the month starting July 18 to December 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. Jump start your day, wake up your body and get your energy flowing. <a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search/detail/36137">Learn more and register</a>.​ </p><p>Learn more about other city health and wellness initiatives on the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/fitphx">FitPHX webpage</a>.</p><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of other free virtual programs and activities this summer. Learn more at <a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.</p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
PHXPlays Launches Free Virtual Recreation Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1383Parks and Recreation7/7/2020 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1383/virtual rec.jpgPHXPlays Launches Free Virtual Recreation Program<div class="ExternalClass1BF994D3273140ABBE2695E8A979F171"><html> <p>​With the warmest days of the year upon us, indoor activities are a must. That makes it the perfect time to join the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department for PHXPlays at Home, a free virtual recreation program that begins this week. </p> <p>Each Wednesday from July 8 through August 12, members of the department's Recreation staff will lead a 60-minute, live-streamed activity based on different themes. The activities are designed for youth and families to enjoy together. While the program is free, registration is required for each of the six sessions. </p> <p>Registered participants will receive a unique code to virtually join the live stream via Cisco Webex. Participants will also need to download the free Webex app through the iTunes or Android store, or search for and download it through their internet service provider.</p> <p> <strong>PHXPlays at Home Virtual Recreation Program schedule and themes:</strong> <br>Wednesday, July 8 – 6 to 7 p.m. (Youth Sports theme) <br>Wednesday, July 15 – 1 to 2 p.m. (Superhero theme)<br>Wednesday, July 22 – 2 to 3 p.m. (Disney theme)<br>Wednesday, July 29 – 6 to 7 p.m. (Video Games theme)<br>Wednesday, August 5 – 6 to 7 p.m. (Circus theme)<br>Wednesday, August 12 – 1 to 2 p.m. (Space theme)</p> <p>For a more detailed description about each weekly session and to register, visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&activity_select_param=2&activity_keyword=phxplays%20at%20home&viewMode=list">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's online registration website</a>.</p><p>The city's <a href="/parks/fitphx" target="_blank">FitPHX</a> initiative is also offering free virtual programs this summer. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1395" target="_blank">Starting the week of July 13, it will offer eight weeks of programming that includes the popular Fitness Bootcamp and Fall Into Fitness series. The schedule also features a new monthly Morning Yoga series</a>.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p><p>The Parks and Recreation Department also offers the free codePHX program. With in-person codePHX classes not being offered this summer, families can continue to learn about computer coding, robotics and 3D modeling by using a variety of<a target="_blank" href="/parks/classes-and-programs/codephx"> free self-guiding resources</a>.</p><p>Additionally, Pueblo Grande Museum is offering a <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/pueblo-grande-museum/1338">free virtual summertime storytelling program</a> every Saturday from July 18 through August 8. A different book and craft will be featured each week.  </p><p>Learn about all Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities at <a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
July 4th Holiday Restrictions Planned for Phoenix Trailheadshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1370Parks and Recreation7/1/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1370/dreamy_draw.jpgJuly 4th Holiday Restrictions Planned for Phoenix Trailheads<div class="ExternalClass36029DC97C974F9F8B862132F8EDA466"><html> <p>​To reduce fire danger, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will restrict 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/1171">The annual ban of open fires in those areas that started on May 1 remains in effect</a>. Trailheads will reopen at the regularly-scheduled time on July 5.<br></p> <p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers will close entrance gates at 3 p.m. to Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, 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> <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</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> and <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082">practice responsible physical distancing</a> when enjoying the city's desert parks and mountain preserves.</p> <p>All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking safety guidelines:</p> <ul> <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 41,000-plus 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>.</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Read the Latest Hance Park Newsletterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1369Parks and Recreation6/30/2020 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1369/Hance_Park_June_2020.jpgRead the Latest Hance Park Newsletter<div class="ExternalClass09D1E6FA14E447B2AA5808DAEAF99E24"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>With summer 2020 upon us, construction for the first phase of the Hance Park Revitalization Project is in its fourth month and proceeding on schedule. The <a target="_blank" href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Hance/Hance_Park_Newsletter_June_2020.pdf">latest issue of the Hance Park Newsletter</a> was published Tuesday.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Hance/Hance_Park_Newsletter_June_2020.pdf">June issue of the newsletter</a> includes <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>an update about the work construction crews have focused on in recent weeks, information from Phoenix Community Alliance about the progress of the redevelopment of downtown, and summer safety tips for outdoor recreation<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>.</p> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <p>The newsletter is brought to you by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, a public-private partnership consisting of the <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix Pa​​rks and Recreation Department​</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com/">Phoenix Community Alliance</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://hanceparkconservancy.org/">Hance Park​ Conservancy</a>. The Coalition encourages everyone to share the newsletter with family, friends and the organizations in which they are involved to help spread information and awareness about the project.</p> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <p>Additional information about the Hance Park Revitalization Project and instructions for how to subscribe to the e-version of the newsletter is available on the project website: <a target="_blank" href="/parks/hancerevitalization" title="">Phoenix.gov/Parks/HanceRevitalization</a>.​</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Enjoy Extended Summer Hours at City Trailheadshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1331Parks and Recreation6/10/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1331/hiking safety sign south mountain park.jpgEnjoy Extended Summer Hours at City Trailheads<div class="ExternalClass2033723E4C42408EAD121ADF2A93CD52"><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 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. </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 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><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> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1096">Hikers should also practice responsible social and physical distancing guidelines when on the trail</a>.</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>. </p> <p>Visitors to Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should also be aware that the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1171">annual ban of open fires went into effect on May 1</a>.</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Statement about City Pools for Summer 2020https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1227Parks and Recreation6/4/2020 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1227/pool.jpgStatement about City Pools for Summer 2020<div class="ExternalClassDDC0066E338B451C85D3FE63A9FB319E"><html> <p>​City of Phoenix public pools are closed for summer 2020. The Parks and Recreation Department is following guidance from the City Council related to its policy for when facilities could safely open as trends related to COVID-19 decrease​.</p><p>After discussion about city pools during the June 2 City Council meeting, there was no consensus among the Council​ to open them.</p><p>Follow the latest updates about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Phoenix's recreational facilities, amenities and programs <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>on <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a> and the various city social media accounts.​​</p><p>---</p><p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><strong>The following statement about the city's public pools was shared with the community on May 12:</strong></p><p>One of the most popular City of Phoenix services offered to the community is its 29 public pools. Thousands of residents take advantage of aquatics programs each year through swimming lessons and simply enjoying a break from the heat. The city takes great pride in offering this service. </p><p>The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions caused the city to dramatically reevaluate operation of these facilities. During a typical summer in the Valley, city pools are open to the public six days a week from Memorial Day weekend through the end of July. During August through Labor Day, 11 select city pools are open on weekends only.  </p><p>In response to guidance received today from Governor Doug Ducey​ that relaxes standards for utilizing public swimming facilities, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will work with the Phoenix City Council to determine a plan to safely operate its pools with the health and well being of staff and customers at the forefront of concern. </p><p>Once the City Council provides feedback, the Parks and Recreation Department must be allowed 30 days to prepare its pools for aquatics-related activities. It takes that amount of time to complete hiring and training of staff and to prepare the pools for swimmers. </p><p>The department is carefully considering all aspects of operation such as physical distancing standards and restrictions on large groups and gatherings. The Parks and Recreation Department will also follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to ensure that it provides the safest, most optimal experience for customers. </p><p>Follow the latest updates about the 2020 summer pool season on <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a> and the various City of Phoenix social media accounts.​</p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Read the Latest Hance Park Newsletterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1293Parks and Recreation5/29/2020 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1293/hance_park_construction_may_2020.jpgRead the Latest Hance Park Newsletter<div class="ExternalClass37ED895C1D0A415DBB78279046C55CA2"><html> <p>The first phase of construction for the Hance Park Revitalization Project is well underway, and the <a target="_blank" href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Hance/Hance_Park_Newsletter_May_2020.pdf">latest issue of the Hance Park Newsletter</a> was published Friday. </p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Hance/Hance_Park_Newsletter_May_2020.pdf">May edition of the newsletter</a> includes a look behind the construction fence, an update about work that has been completed to date and what will occur in the coming weeks, and COVID-19 guidelines related to outdoor recreation. </p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>The newsletter is brought to you by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, a public-private partnership consisting of the <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix Pa​​rks and Recreation Department​</a>, <a href="https://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com/" target="_blank">Phoenix Community Alliance</a> and <a href="http://hanceparkconservancy.org/" target="_blank">Hance Park​ Conservancy</a>. The Coalition encourages everyone to share the newsletter with family, friends and the organizations in which they are involved to help spread information and awareness about the project.</p> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></span> <p>Additional information about the Hance Park Revitalization Project and instructions for how to​ subscribe to the e-version of the newsletter is available on the project website: <a title="" href="/parks/hancerevitalization" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks/HanceRevitalization</a>.​</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec

 

 

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