Last week, Phoenix City Council voted Tuesday to reopen many city amenities and parks. Beginning March 17, picnic tables, ramadas, basketball courts, and volleyball courts at Phoenix parks reopened. This is great news for families as the summer is fast approaching and these new re-openings of parks and pools signal a return to a more normal year than last year. Find out all about the newly reopened facilities and plans to continue reopening more throughout the coming months, so you can plan for your summer activities.
Phoenix Reopens Parks and Sports Facilities
Many of Phoenix’s parks and sports facilities are beginning to reopen this month. Some of the newly reopened facilities include sports complexes, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and pools and splash pads.
The City will also resume accepting reservations for sports practices, games, and tournaments. However, there will be spectator restrictions, compliance information, and a requirement to follow the CDC-recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines for these games and sports tournaments.
COVID-19 guidelines still should be followed to help minimize the spread of the pandemic. In the City’s parks, physical distancing of 6 feet is still recommended. People are asked to wear face masks and bring their own hand sanitizer or wipes, and to please stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms of illnesses.
The city’s indoor recreation centers remain closed for now.
Phoenix to Reopen Pools for Summer Season
Pools are not yet open for the year, but there are plans in the works to get pools opened for the summer. The City of Phoenix plans to open 12 of the 29 pools this season. The ones slated to open are Cortez, Deer Valley, El Prado, Encanto, Falcon, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Pecos, Perry, Starlight, Sunnyslope, and University. Pools will open at reduced capacities, with special open swim and swimming lessons times. Pool staff will follow an enhanced cleaning routine for health and safety. Pools will follow their normal operating schedule: Open six days a week (closed Fridays) from May 29 – August 1, and open Saturdays and Sundays only, August 7 to September 6.
However, the City did announce that certain events will not happen this season, with wwim and dive teams, water basketball league, and other activities and special events remaining closed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit www.phoenix.gov/parks/pools for updates.