In an effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 and consistent with the City's focus on the health and safety of our community, Mesa announced today, the closure of all playgrounds and sports facilities throughout the city.
Effective immediately, the City's playgrounds, volleyball, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts will be closed. In addition, restrooms in city parks will be reduced to the following locations due to limited resources: Pioneer Park, Riverview Park, Greenfield Park, and Red Mountain Park.
"We want our residents to be able to enjoy the outdoors at our parks, but we are also acutely aware of the issues pertaining to COVID-19." Mayor John Giles said, "For that reason, we made this difficult, but necessary, decision."
All open spaces, passive play spaces, trails, and walking paths will remain open for public use from sunrise to 10 PM. Physical distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still apply in these areas.
"The decision to close our playgrounds and sports facilities at City parks was made after reviewing social distancing recommendations by national healthcare experts and the CDC." City Manager Chris Brady said. "Fortunately, there is still plenty of space in our parks for kids to run, play and do the things that kids do while still taking recommended precautions."
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