Park and Recreation Open Amenities
Small and Medium Ramadas - Operational Adjustments due to COVID-19 Spike
All ramadas are currently closed. All ramada reservations through mid February will be canceled, and customers will be contacted about their options for a credit or refund.
At this time, we will not be scheduling fields for any new games or tournaments. We will allow the few local games currently scheduled to continue, provided they follow their COVID-19 action plans previously submitted to the department. No spectators at events or events involving interstate travel will be allowed.
Playgrounds/Outdoor Fitness Stations and Equipment
- Safety signage is in place.
- Playgrounds/Outdoor fitness equipment will be cleaned and inspected periodically.
- It is strongly advised that users exercise caution and self‐sanitize before and after use
Extended Season Swimming Pools:
- Extended season swimming pools for adult lap swim only
- Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will open its outdoor pool for lap swim only at reduced capacity
- Reservations will be required to best manage the expected high demand for use
- For more details and instructions for making a reservation, visit the Edith Ball ARC website
- All other pools and splash pads remain closed
Park restrooms, horseshoe pits, and outdoor sports courts, including tennis, racquetball, handball, bocce, badminton, and sand volleyball opened in August and will remain open.
We strongly advise:
- All groups keep to 10 individuals or fewer
- Parks amenities users maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance from anyone they do not live with
- Stay home if feeling sick
- Follow all other CDC guidelines to keep safe.
Every person in the City of Tucson over the age of 5 is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public setting where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. Signage is in place at all playgrounds and ramadas reminding the community of the CDC guidelines they should follow when visiting the park.
- 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.
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.
More information will be coming as it is received and as the situation evolves.