CHANDLER, AZ — The City of Chandler has reopened some of its outdoor park amenities that were not specifically listed in Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those include drop-in tennis courts, pickleball courts, dog parks, archery ranges, and disc golf.
Beginning on May 1, city-owned skate parks and bike parks will reopen, Mayor Kevin Hartke said in a video posted April 24 to his Facebook page. Chandler has a skate park at Snedigar Complex and a BMX bike park at Espee Park.
All other park amenities -- playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, ramadas -- remain closed through April 30, which is when Ducey's "Stay Home, Stay Health, Stay Connected" order is set to expire. Ducey has not yet announced his future plans for the stay-at-home order. Specific details can be found on the City of Chandler's website.
Gov. Ducey's stay-at-home order closed gyms, movie theaters, hair salons, and restaurant dining rooms to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce crowds, but also encouraged people to exercise and go outside as long as people could follow social distancing guidelines.