The Phoenix City Council recently approved a plan for the tiered reopening of community centers, to resume the process for special park permits and special activity requests for private events of more than 50 people held on park property, and to resume rentals of select pools by high school swim and dive teams.
Tiered Reopening of Community Centers for Summer Youth Camps
The city’s community and recreation centers have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, and the following nearby facilities will reopen effective June 7 for annual summer youth camps and limited indoor recreation classes by registration only. Drop-in use of these facilities will not be available.
• Deer Valley Community Center, 2001 W. Wahalla Lane
• Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Those facilities will be operated with the following COVID-19 protocols and safety amenities in place.
• Open at 50 percent capacity.
• A mask or face covering will be required per the city’s mandate.
• A COVID-19 screening survey will be required upon arrival at a facility.
• Temperature checks will be administered upon arrival at a facility.
• Public facing reception areas will provide contactless customer service (plexiglass barriers have been installed at all service desks).
• Positioning of facility furniture and installation of signage to encourage physical distancing.
• Hand sanitizer stations and touchless light switches have been installed at all facilities.
• Fresh air intake volume has been increased at all facilities.
• Janitorial staff will clean high-touch surfaces and restrooms daily.
In-person summer youth camps for ages 6 to 12 will be offered at those locations starting the week of June 7. Summer youth camps will be operated at 50 percent capacity and participants will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Additionally, as part of COVID-19 protocol, lunch will be held outdoors. Misting or cooling towers will be used in the outdoor eating areas, and an indoor contingency plan will be used on days when there is inclement weather, or the forecast includes a heat advisory. Camp participants will be provided a pre-packaged lunch or can bring their own lunch daily.
City staff continues to work with public health professionals to monitor the Arizona Department of Health Services Community Transmission indicators.
Permit Process for Private Events Held on City Park Property
Effective now, the process will resume for community members to apply for a special activity request to hold a private event in a city park with more than 50 people, such as a birthday party or family gathering. That includes resuming the process to apply for a beer permit, or for use of an inflatable bounce house or amplified sound on park property.
Requests for a special event on park property that is open to the public still must be submitted for review by the City Manager’s Special Event Committee. Examples of these events include festivals, food truck events, craft fairs, etc.
Rentals of City Pools by High School Swim and Dive Teams
Select city pools will be available for rental use by high school swim and dive teams for the 2021 fall season. All teams will be required to follow city and Arizona Interscholastic Association COVID-19 safety guidelines.