Just in time for Memorial Day, Glendale reopened parks and plans to open splash pads as early as this week.
After Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent announcements lifting stay-home orders and allowing more businesses to open, the city of Glendale is following suit.
“The city is looking to reopen other recreational facilities including the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center in June,” said Jay Crandall, a city spokesman.
He said Glendale “will make the final decision on opening dates based on the latest health guidelines.”
“The city will continue to follow recommended health guidelines as it begins to welcome residents back to recreational facilities, libraries and public meetings,” he said.
Playground equipment and dog parks reopened Saturday, May 16.
“Restrooms and splash pads will follow in late May. We are evaluating a May opening for skate parks as well,” Crandall said.
He noted “grab-and-go” service began May 11 at the main Glendale Library. “Similar services are expected at Foothills, Velma Teague and Heroes Regional Park branches in early June,” Crandall said.
There also was no firm date for Glendale’s center that serves many seniors.
“The city will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation before making a final decision on the opening of the Glendale Adult Center. Protecting those most vulnerable to the virus will be the overriding factor in opening that facility,” Crandall said.
After nearly two months of only being able to watch online meetings and participate via emails and voicemails, those who like to see local government in action live will be able to do so next week.
“The public will be able to attend city council meetings and board and commission meetings in person starting with the city council workshop and voting meeting Tuesday, May 26,” Crandall said.
“That meeting will be held at the Glendale Civic Center, and appropriate measures will be in place for physical spacing consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.”
Crandall said Glendale City Hall, police and court lobbies would be open to the public “in early June.”
Crandall stressed state and federal guidelines will be enforced.
“Those using public amenities will still need to abide by the social distancing measures that are in place, as well as making sure groups are not larger than 10 people. Our city park rangers and code enforcement officers will be monitoring these locations regularly and will be responsible for breaking up large groups and making sure people keep proper distance between themselves,” Crandall said.
“Our employees will make sure that anyone in violation is informed about what measures need to be in place for them to be able to continue to use any of our public amenities.”
City facilities will have more frequent cleanings, Crandall said.
“Employees will find thermometer testing stations and increased availability of hand sanitizer, as many of them return to the office after telecommuting during the pandemic,” he added.
For more information, visit glendaleaz.com/coronavirus.