Glendale Readies Reopening Plans

Glendale Readies Reopening Plans
Posted on 05/15/2020

Resident and Employee Safety Remain a Priority as City Reopens Services

The city of Glendale is working to reopen many facilities closed during the COVID-19 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.

PARKS
In accordance with both state and federal guidelines, amenities in Glendale city parks will begin reopening during the next week. Playground equipment and dog parks will reopen Saturday, May 16. Restrooms and splash pads will follow in late May. We are evaluating a May opening for skate parks as well.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
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, we will 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.

PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND MEETINGS
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.

LIBRARIES
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.

SAFETY FIRST
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. 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. 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: www.glendaleaz.com/coronavirus