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Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issues proclamation to close all city park amenities and ramadas to slow the spread of COVID-19

Post Date:03/30/2020 4:50 PM

Tempe, AZ –  In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell has issued a proclamation to order the closure of all city park amenities with the exception of restrooms and water fountains.

Remaining open in city parks are restrooms, water fountains, trails, paths, open spaces and walkways. City staff will increase the frequency of water fountain and restroom cleaning. This is in line with Governor Ducey’s executive order, Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected. The order was issued today and allows for residents to walk, run, hike and bike outside.

Park users must follow CDC guidelines which include these social distancing policies to keep themselves and others safe:

  • Maintain six feet of physical distance from others.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Go home if you are sick.

Effective tomorrow morning, March 31, at 6 a.m. the ordered closures include:

  • Playground equipment
  • Exercise and fitness stations
  • Sports courts including tennis, pickleball, basketball and volleyball
  • Ramadas, picnic tables and benches
  • Dog parks
  • Bike and skate parks
  • Splash pads

Also in accordance with Governor Ducey’s executive order, Rolling Hills and Ken McDonald golf courses will remain open; however, cart rentals are limited to one person per cart. The pro shops and restaurants are closed. Boat rentals at Tempe Town Lake and Kiwanis Park will remain open with restrictions.

“After careful consideration, this decision was made to ensure we are taking all steps possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. By removing access to specific park amenities that invite multiple touches and close personal contact, we are in a better position to combat the spread of coronavirus,” Mitchell said. “This proclamation will help achieve that goal while also freeing up city staff to increase the cleaning frequency of restrooms and water fountains and reinforce social distancing guidelines within city parks.”

 Under the Tempe City Charter, and following the Tempe City Council’s approval earlier this month of an ordinance declaring an extraordinary local emergency citywide, the Mayor has the authority to issue such proclamations in order to ensure public health and safety.

Read Tempe Mayor Mitchell's proclamation.

Watch a video statement by Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.

Read Governor Ducey’s executive order 

For more information about the city’s response to coronavirus, visit tempe.gov/coronavirus.

For questions about closures, call Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311.

Contact for questions from members of the media: Nikki Ripley, 480-313-8850

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