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Parks and Recreation

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Gov. Ducey issued an Executive Order on June 29 that provided new guidelines for city-operated pools, gyms and events. As a result, the following changes are in effect:
  • Open swim sessions and lap swim will continue at Kiwanis, Escalante and McClintock pools with reduced capacity. Staff will monitor for social distancing in and out of the pools to ensure the guidelines are met for groups of 10 or less. Visit to see hours at each pool.
  • All city fitness centers and gymnasiums are closed.
  • All indoor exercise and fitness classes are canceled through July 27.
  • All event requests will be accepted and considered on a case-by-case basis as long as adequate safety measures, including physical distancing, are proposed.
  • Kid Zone and city-operated summer camps will continue to operate since they meet the guidelines of 50 people or less and are able to physically distance.
Visit for the latest information. 

To view and register for summer classes, visit


Face coverings are required at all times unless you are exercising or with people from your household. Physical distancing guidelines must be followed and groups of 10 or more are not allowed. 


  • All park sports courts (tennis, volleyball, basketball, pickleball)
  • Dog parks 
  • Bike and skate parks
  • Disc golf areas
  • Athletic fields (reservations may be restricted to groups 10 and under) 
  • Open areas, hiking and walking paths 
  • Ramadas and picnic areas (no reservations, first come, first-served basis) 


  • Playgrounds and picnic areas 
  •  Fitness equipment in parks
  • Pools and splash play areas 


Face coverings will be required at all city facilities. Cleaning protocols will be in place and temperature checks may be required. Visit facility pages for hours and program info. 



  • Kiwanis Tennis Center (drop-ins are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)  
  • Tempe History Museum
  • Edna Vihel Arts Center
  • Pyle Adult Recreation Center 
  • All city-operated senior centers
  • Splay play areas 

Tempe Parks and Recreation 

Tempe Parks and Recreation provides the community access to thousands of opportunities for staying active and connecting through exceptional programs, facilities and special events. Programs are designed to enhance the quality of life and respond to the needs of Tempe residents. From children to adults to retirees, Tempe Recreation offers something for everyone.

Parks and Recreation Administration Office

3500 S. Rural Road, Suite 201
(2nd floor of the Tempe Public Library)
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 350-5200; Fax (480) 350-5058
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Classes and Leagues 

Tempe has nearly 1,000 classes, leagues and activities available for all ages and stages of life. Quality offerings are affordable and meet at convenient times and locations. Click for the current issue of the Tempe Opportunities brochure.  



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Community & Recreation Centers

Programs and activities are sited conveniently at numerous facilities and parks around the city.


Escalante Pool

Pools & Splash Play

The city of Tempe has three public pools, three neighborhood splash pads and one splash playground.  




Fishing is a fun pastime. Knowing the state and local rules and orders will ensure the best casting experiences at Tempe's lakes.



Tempe Town Lake

This popular recreation destination features habitat areas, volleyball courts, parks, boating and more.

Esquer Park PlaygroundParks

Tempe parks serve as the community's backyard, providing residents and neighbors a venue to relax, learn and connect with one another and the environment.



Family Fun

Tempe offers free and low-cost activities for all ages.



Oasis Ramada

Reservations: Ballfields & Ramadas

Whether enjoying a picnic with family or a friendly game of softball with friends, Tempe offers several rental opportunities for groups of all sizes.


Connecting Tempe Newsletter

Connecting Tempe is a monthly community e-newsletter that provides information on programs and events in the City of Tempe. 



Special Events

Special events make Tempe fun and unique. Guidelines and requirements are available to assist event organizers in producing successful events. 



2001 Parks & Recreation Master Plan PDF

In 2001, the city completed a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan that identified the needs of the community and recommended implementation strategies necessary to satisfy those expectations.