Tucson Parks and Recreation will be taking the below steps to protect employees and the public. These actions will last until it is deemed safe to resume.
May 14, 2020
Tucson Parks and Recreation facilities, recreation centers, pools, and splash pads will remain closed at this time while the Mayor and Council work with the City Manager and departmental leadership to complete a phased City-wide reopening plan. This plan is being developed in careful consideration to protect public health and comply with the associated published guidance from the Pima County Health Department, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the CDC. The proposed plan will be discussed at next week’s Mayor and Council Study Session on Tuesday, May 19, at 2 p.m. In addition, all aquatic, leisure class, and summer 2020 programs, including KIDCO, have been temporarily postponed as a sustainable plan ensuring the safety of participants and staff is developed.
- Registration postponed for summer activities, including leisure classes, swim lessons, therapeutic programs, and youth and teen camps (KIDCO, IBC, Junior Staff in Training). Registration was scheduled to begin Saturday, May 2.
- No picnicking or grilling during Easter weekend.
- City recreation centers and aquatics facilities are closed.
- Pursuant to Tucson Code Section 21-3(7)(3) and 21-2(b), Tucson Parks and Recreation will temporarily close all ramadas, gazebos, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, basketball, bocce, tennis, and volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and splash pads.
- All aquatics, youth, therapeutic, and senior programing are cancelled.
- All leisure classes and softball leagues have been canceled.
- All senior programming will be be suspended at Parks facilities until further notice due to increased risk our senior community members face from COVID-19. The department is committed to ensuring that all Senior Meal Program Participants will continue to receive meals during this time and is working in partnership with Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) to make that happen.
- Frozen meals will be provided to seniors enrolled in the congregate meals program. Pickup times will be scheduled at all eight of our meal sites. There will be no change for the program's home delivery participants.
- For those individuals who received SunVan vouchers for transportation to and from the meal sites, home delivery accomodations are being made.
- All existing reservations and permits for special events, sports fields, and ramadas in May will be canceled with the option for future credit or refund. No new reservations or permits will be issued until further notice.
Enjoy your parks safely
Concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continue to challenge our nation. As an organization that supports the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.
We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.
In places where there are no restrictions on the use of local parks, paths and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations:
- Individuals should refrain from using parks or paths if they are exhibiting symptoms.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or paths.
- Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
- While on paths, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
- 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. At this time the recommendation is to limit group size to 10 people.
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
- Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and path use.
Our local parks, paths, and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.
See Tucson Parks and Recreation's COVID-19 lates news release from 3/16/2020 - Tucson Parks and Recreation Announces Closures
See Tucson Parks and Recreation's COVID-19 news release from 3/13/2020 News Release
More information will be coming as it is received and as the situation evolves.