June 20: Tempe reopens city pools, park ramadas and Kiwanis Recreation Center
Tempe, AZ – The City of Tempe will reopen Kiwanis Recreation Center, all three city-operated pools, park ramadas and picnic areas beginning Saturday, June 20. Park playgrounds and splash play areas remain closed until further notice. Physical distancing protocols remain in place, face coverings are required, and reopened amenities will have several restrictions and program modifications.
Tempe is carefully and thoughtfully reopening, basing its decisions on data while balancing the needs of the community now that the state’s stay-at-home order has been lifted and the weather is heating up. Many working families rely on city-operated community centers as well as affordable summer programs to keep family members active and healthy.
On June 18, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued a proclamation requiring people to wear face coverings in all public places, with some exceptions as outlined below.
The CDC continues to recommend that people who fall into the high-risk categories for COVID-19, including people age 65 and up and those with underlying medical conditions, stay home in order to stay as safe as possible, rather than going out. For these individuals and everyone, face coverings alone are not a guarantee of protection from the virus.
Here is what patrons can expect on June 20.
Kiwanis, Escalante and McClintock pools
Patrons are encouraged to come to the pool already dressed in their suits to maximize their swim time and minimize their time in the locker room areas.
Face coverings will be required at all times except while swimming in the pools. Temperature checks will be conducted upon entry. Patrons should practice physical distancing as much as possible once inside the waiting and pool areas.
All city pools will offer 1.5-hour open swim sessions, with time in between so staff can clean high-contact areas. Wrist bands can be purchased up to 30 minutes before sessions begin and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Upon arrival, patrons will be separated into smaller groups and guided through the locker room areas separately to allow for physical distancing while entering the pool area.
There will be no waves at Kiwanis Pool until further notice. Lap swim will be available at Kiwanis and McClintock. Pool hours, days of operation, session times and offerings vary. Visit tempe.gov/pools for up-to-date schedules.
Kiwanis Recreation Center
Kiwanis Recreation Center, Kiwanis Tennis Center and Kiwanis Batting range will all reopen on June 20 with limited services and hours. The recreation center will be open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Fridays and open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop-in visits to the gym and fitness center will be available with limited capacity. Face coverings must be worn at all times. Temperature checks may be required and physical distancing protocols must be followed.
Kiwanis Tennis Center will continue be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on a drop-in basis. Players will enter and exit through the tennis center instead of the recreation center. Face coverings will be required for spectators or anyone not playing.
Kiwanis Batting Range will be open seven days a week from 6-9 p.m. Face coverings will be required for anyone not batting.
Visit tempe.gov/kiwanis for up-to-date information.
Parks and ramadas
Park ramadas and picnic areas will reopen on June 20; however, reservations will not be available, so spots will be on a first come, first served basis. All sports courts, athletic fields, dog parks, restrooms, open spaces, trails and paths are also open. Face coverings are required for all activities, with the exception of exercise or walking with others from your household.
Playgrounds, splash play areas and fitness equipment remain closed until further notice.
Park users must follow CDC guidance:
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance between individuals not in the same household.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Go home if you are sick.
June 15 openings
Tempe reopened Tempe Public Library, Escalante, North Tempe and Westside multi-generational centers, Transit Store, compost yard and Household Products Collection Center on June 15. Face coverings are required in all city facilities. Physical distancing is in place at all locations and services have been modified.
Facilities remaining closed
Remaining closed are all senior centers, Pyle Adult Recreation Center, Edna Vihel Arts Center, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe City Hall and Tempe History Museum. Park playgrounds, splash play areas and park fitness equipment also remain closed until further notice.
Summer arts and recreation programs
The city is now offering in-person and virtual arts and recreation classes for a small fee. In-person offerings will have modified class sizes, physical distancing requirements and thorough sanitizing protocols in place. Face coverings will be required for all indoor classes. Temperature checks may be required.
Registration can be done online or in-person at Escalante or North Tempe multi-generational centers. Visit tempe.gov/play for up-to-date offerings.
Visit tempe.gov/reopening for the most recent reopening information.
Melissa Quillard, Public Information Officer, 480-622-8157
Nikki Ripley, Communication and Media Relations Manager, 480-313-8850