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Phoenix Closes Playgrounds and Other Park Amenitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1102Parks and Recreation3/31/2020 2:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1102/Photo_CV-19_Closure_342_Newsroom-web.jpgPhoenix Closes Playgrounds and Other Park Amenities<div class="ExternalClass263EF26016924FCBAC2541CB43B2900A"><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 style="white-space:nowrap;" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip"><span style="font-size:8pt;" class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" alt="Misspelled Word" style="width:0px;" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" /></a></span><span id="rnd33654" class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip">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 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 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 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> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationCoronavirus Closure of Park Amenities - Playgrounds, Fitness Equipment, Basketball Courts, Volleyball Courts, Sports ComplexesParks & RecGregg Bach602-350-1506602-262-4994gregg.bach@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/1102/Gregg_Bach.jpgPhoenixParks

 

 

Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park Selected as Super Bowl LVII Outdoor Festival Week Locationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2400Parks and Recreation6/29/2022 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2400/Margaret-T-Hance-Park-Sign-with-Crowd.jpgPhoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park Selected as Super Bowl LVII Outdoor Festival Week Location<div class="ExternalClass68162FD1BD554074B53DA1C81A4443CC"><p> ​​T​he Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has selected Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix as the host site for an unforgettable fan experience the week leading up to Super Bowl LVII. The City of Phoenix is thrilled to welcome the NFL and its fans to the heart of downtown Phoenix. <br> <br> Free to the public, this multi-day outdoor festival will include an immersive fan experience with live music, entertainment, local cuisine, and multicultural celebrations.  <br> <br> “Downtown Phoenix has changed a lot since the last big game. We look forward to visitors experiencing the growth of business, restaurants, arts, entertainment, and our massively improved transportation," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This festival builds on the fan experience which will showcase our city to thousands of people. They'll discover why we are the fastest growing big city in America." <br> <br> “Our newly upgraded Margaret T. Hance Park will be the perfect green pocket of our downtown core to kick off 2023 Super Bowl festivities," District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said. “Thousands of families and visitors will get to enjoy a state-of-the-art playground and desert oasis, all while getting a taste of our delicious local cuisine, diverse cultures and community."<br><br> “We are eager to welcome the diverse crowd of football fans to one of the City's most eye-catching parks while showcasing the best in entertainment and culture Phoenix has to offer," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar. “Phoenix Parks is ready to help provide an unforgettable fan experience."  <br> <br> Margaret T. Hance Park is a one-of-a-kind park that is inclusive to all Phoenix residents. Through a public-private partnership, the 32-acre park has experienced a multiphase renovation and revitalization. Visitors will be able to experience the new <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1663" target="_blank">Fiesta Bowl PLAY</a> at Hance Park, a 20,000 square-foot playground that features a climbing wall, a separate net climbing structure, a water mist play feature and a sand play area positioned under a shade canopy. Its other unique amenities include three animal-themed play structures – a Kit Fox, Black-Tailed Jackrabbit and Great-Horned Owl. <br> <br> In January 2023, the City of Phoenix will be opening a garden oasis at Hance Park. Earlier this year, the City <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2319" target="_blank">announced a partnership</a> with Republic Services to bring 33 native desert plants, 60 trees as well as 4,000 visually striking ground covers, vines, grasses, perennials, succulents, and shrubs. <br> <br> Learn more about the Hance Park and the Hance Park Revitalization Project at <a href="https://phoenix.gov/Parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.</p>​</div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security6/28/2022 5:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClass994EB283AA224298BA2C11BF0CEB9DA1"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">General Inform​​ation</h2><h3>Face Mask Requirements After CDC Eases Guidelines</h3><p>In Feb. 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new set of measures that will allow people who are healthy and living in counties where the coronavirus poses a low or medium community risk level, to stop wearing a face mask in public settings.<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/city-manager/2253"> As of Feb. 28, 2022, Maricopa County is at a medium risk level, so effective immediately, a face mask will not be required for most City employees</a>.<br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a href="/newsroom/public-works/1084" target="_blank">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><p></p><h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3><p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a><br> </p><h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3><p> <a target="_blank" href="/resources">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a><br> </p><h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3><p> <a target="_blank" href="/COVIDrelief">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​​​<br> </p> ​ <h2>​COVID-19 T​​esting<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash" target="_blank">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. A limited number of free at-home COVID-19 test kits and masks will be available at mobile testing events on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: The FDA has extended the shelf-life of iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests. <a href="https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news" target="_blank">Learn more and check the expiration date of your test.</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br><strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #1: </strong><a href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/" target="_blank">Equality Health​</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #2: </strong><a href="https://www.onecommunityaz.com/" target="_blank">Family Tree Health Care​</a><br> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are also available at all <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations" target="_blank">17 Phoenix Library Locations​</a>. The tests will be available in limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.<br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p><h3>Wednesday, June 29, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Solano Park<br> 5625 N. 17th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><p> <strong>Equality Health Event.</strong> Girls Innovation Academy/Preschool Campus<br> 4730 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, AZ<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br>2:15 - 6:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.onecommunityaz.com/">https://www.onecommunityaz.com</a></p><p> <strong>Family Tree Event.</strong> Zion Institute<br> 1522 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br>8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Thursday, June 30, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Equality Health Event.</strong> Morris K Udall Elementary School<br> 3715 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85009<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br>4:00 - 7:30 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.onecommunityaz.com/">https://www.onecommunityaz.com</a></p><h3>Friday, July 1, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Rd. , Phoenix, AZ 85042<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7:15 - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Tuesday, July 5, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Roadrunner Park<br> 3502 E Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Saturday, July 9, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Oso Park<br> 3451 N. 75th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:15 - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, July 13, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Santa Maria Park<br> 3425 S. 71st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85043<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Saturday, July 16, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, July 18, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> 17642 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Tuesday, July 26, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, July 30, 2022<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85009<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p> ​<br>​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
July 4th Holiday Parking Restrictions at Phoenix Trailheadshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1972Parks and Recreation6/27/2022 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="ExternalClassCD038A15350B4DB5A413B1493F30C9C4"><html> <p>​​To reduce​ fire danger, the <a href="/parks" target="_blank">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 href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">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 style="" class="" dir=""><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 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><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 href="https://www.azhumane.org/pet-safety-tips/" target="_blank">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 href="/parks" target="_blank">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 href="/pio/summer" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Summer</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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