The city of Glendale is working to reopen many facilities closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The city will continue to follow recommended health guidelines as it begins to welcome residents back to recreational facilities, libraries and public meetings. Access to many facilities and services has been restricted since mid-March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
In accordance with both state and federal guidelines, amenities in Glendale city parks have begun opening. Playground equipment and dog parks reopened Saturday, May 16. Restrooms and splash pads will follow in late May. City staff is evaluating a May opening for skate parks as well.
The city is looking to reopen other recreational facilities including the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center in June. To ensure the safety of both guests and employees, city staff says it plan to make the final decision on opening dates based on the latest health guidelines. 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.
Also, in early June, plans are to open city hall as well as the police and court lobbies. 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. 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.
The city began reopening libraries with drive-thru service at the Foothills Branch May 4. Walk-thru “grab-and-go” service began May 11 at the Main Branch. Similar services are expected at Foothills, Velma Teague and Heroes Regional Park Branches in early June.
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. 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. City 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. Visitors will also notice more frequent cleanings at all facilities. 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.
For more information on openings and service please visit: glendaleaz.com/coronavirus .