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Parks and Recreation Services Update36Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClass3A02F640594B462A825B0E331261CE79"><p>All ​​​Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039">indoor recreation facilities are temporarily closed</a>.​​ <font color="#f2f2f2">#CommunityCenters </font></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">The city's outdoor recreation facilities are open normal hours of operation. That includes parks, trails and golf courses​. Some <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1102">city park amenities are temporarily closed</a> and​​<a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1096"> access at high-traffic trailheads is temporarily limited</a>. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui","segoe",tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;">#allpks</span>​<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">All large gatherings and events on city park property have been canceled or postponed. <font color="#f2f2f2">#Homepage </font>​</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">​<a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068">Parks and Recreation Impacted Services Update</a><br><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082">Responsible Social or Physical Distancing for Parks and Trails</a> ​​<br></p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM5/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

 

 

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/parksNews

Making Phoenix a better place to live, visit and play
Phoenix provides residents and visitors more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserve land with more than 200 miles of trails; 185 parks; 32 community and recreation centers; eight golf courses; 29 pools where thousands cool off and learn to swim each summer; and classes, programs and sports leagues where kids and adults learn, stay active and have fun.
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Canceled: Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3459Canceled: Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 4/3/2020 6:00:00 PM4/3/2020 8:30:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Visit the heart of downtown Phoenix every Friday and order lunch from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks. View the upcoming food truck schedule
Postponed: Art in the Garden and Sparkling Teahttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3503Postponed: Art in the Garden and Sparkling TeaShemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd.4/4/2020 5:00:00 PM4/4/2020 11:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​This fun, mid-morning and afternoon event will feature a colorful display of garden-themed artist tents, showcasing the latest in florals, botanicals, ceramics, wood and wearable art, as well as live music, a variety of art and garden demonstrations, food and beverages, and a silent auction, followed by a ticketed, Sparkling Tea on the garden patio. Learn more about this event and purchase tickets for the Sparkling Tea Party .
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3451Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.4/5/2020 12:00:00 PM4/5/2020 5:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Silent Sunday is held every Sunday year-round. On those days, the park’s main roadway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; and from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours) on the fourth Sunday. During those times on those days, the park’s roadways are reserved for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. On Silent Sunday, park visitors who would like to park near the main Central Ave. entrance can do so in the Activity Complex, which can be accessed just inside the entry gate and within proximity to several popular trails and the South Mountain Environmental Education Center . Trailheads not accessed via the main Central Ave. entrance are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures. Learn more by visiting the South Mountain Park/Preserve webpage
Canceled: Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3460Canceled: Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 4/10/2020 6:00:00 PM4/10/2020 8:30:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Visit the heart of downtown Phoenix every Friday and order lunch from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks. View the upcoming food truck schedule
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3452Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.4/12/2020 12:00:00 PM4/12/2020 5:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Silent Sunday is held every Sunday year-round. On those days, the park’s main roadway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; and from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours) on the fourth Sunday. During those times on those days, the park’s roadways are reserved for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. On Silent Sunday, park visitors who would like to park near the main Central Ave. entrance can do so in the Activity Complex, which can be accessed just inside the entry gate and within proximity to several popular trails and the South Mountain Environmental Education Center . Trailheads not accessed via the main Central Ave. entrance are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures. Learn more by visiting the South Mountain Park/Preserve webpage
Canceled - Drop-In Discovery with Tempe History Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3512Canceled - Drop-In Discovery with Tempe History MuseumPueblo Grande Museum4/12/2020 8:00:00 PM4/12/2020 10:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​ Learn about the techniques the Ancestral Sonoran Desert people used to make the desert their home with Tempe History Museum! Guests will discover the various methods used in prehistoric and modern times to survive the desert through hands-on activities and interaction with a representative from Tempe History Museum. This informal program is included with paid museum admission and children ages 17 and under are free on Sundays!
Canceled: Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3461Canceled: Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 4/17/2020 6:00:00 PM4/17/2020 8:30:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Visit the heart of downtown Phoenix every Friday and order lunch from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks. View the upcoming food truck schedule
Postponed: Movie in the Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3434Postponed: Movie in the ParkAlkire Park, 1602 W. Pima St.4/18/2020 1:00:00 AM4/18/2020 4:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​The Friends of Alkire free Movie in the Park Series is sponsored by District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia. Join community members to watch a movie (movie to be announced). Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

 

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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="ExternalClass17C8A8D22698419E813EDE984DCA61A6"><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>No picnicking will be allowed</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/parksNews
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/parksNews
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/parksNews


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