TEMPE, AZ — The City of Tempe will reopen most of its splash pads, outdoor exercise equipment, sports courts, and neighborhood parks on Friday, Sept. 4 ahead of the Labor Day weekend, the city announced.
Splash pads at Esquer, Hudson and Jaycee parks will reopen. However, "The Cloud" splash pad and the playground at Kiwanis Park will remain closed "due to their size and the potential to attract crowds larger than 50," a news release said.
All athletic fields and volleyball courts will reopen and the Kiwanis Tennis Center will begin to resume leagues, drop-ins, and challenge courts. City-led lessons are expected to start at the end of September, the city said.
"Residents are encouraged to visit playgrounds and splash play areas in their own neighborhoods and to return at a later time if a park amenity is too crowded," the release said.
New guidelines have also been put into place for splash pads and playground equipment:
- Stay 6-feet away from people who are not in your household
- Face coverings required for everyone age 6+ when physical distancing is not possible
- Stay home if you are sick or feel symptoms
- Wash or sanitize hands before, during and after use
- Don’t share personal items with people outside your household
- Consider returning later if playground is crowded
Other cities and towns around the Valley have also begun to reopen their facilities. You can check your local city's parks and recreation department's website for more information.
Chandler has reopened its pools, aquatic centers, and splash pads with modified hours. More information.
Gilbert has reopened its parks and some of its pools at reduced capacity. More information.
Glendale has reopened Heroes X-Court, Foothills Sk8 Court, and Hero's Splashpad (weekends only). The Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center remains closed. The Rose Lane Aquatics Complex is closed to undergo pool repairs. More information.
Mesa has reopened some of its pools and its tennis facility at reduced capacity. More information.
Peoria reopened its Rio Vista Recreation Center on Aug. 31. The Peoria Community Center remains closed. More information.
Phoenix kept its pools and splash codes closed for the summer because of the pandemic. Indoor recreation facilities are also closed. However, its outdoor parks, trails, sports courts, and city-owned golf courses are open. More information.
Scottsdale has reopened its pools, community centers, parks, splash pads, and sports courts. More information.