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Posted on: June 5, 2020

City splash pads, basketball & racquetball courts reopen June 8; ramada, sports field rentals resume

Reopening Splash Pads June 8

The city of Surprise is preparing to reopen several additional city-owned parks and recreation amenities on June 8, including splash pads, basketball courts and racquetball courts. Rentals of park ramadas and sports fields will also resume on that date. 

Signs will be posted in parks and recreation areas encouraging patrons to follow CDC guidance to protect against COVID-19, such as physical distancing.

Additionally, the following protective measures and guidance will be in place:

  • Ramada rentals - Groups of no more than 10 people
  • Racquetball / Paddleball (Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex) - Open play by pre-paid reservation only, no walk-up play or programming; one hour of play per day; it is recommended that players play singles and with a family member that resides in the same household; additional sanitation measures will be in place 
  • Table Tennis (Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex) - Open play by reservation only; one table only; it is recommended that players play singles and with a family member that resides in the same household; additional sanitation measures will be in place

Additionally, all tennis and pickleball courts are now reopen, expanding from the May 15 reopening of limited courts. The pro shop and concessions remain closed at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex.

As previously announced, the following pool programming will also resume June 8:

  • Water aerobics – Ages 15 and older (Surprise Aquatic Center & Hollyhock Pool)
  • Lap swim (by appointment) – Ages 15 and older (Surprise Aquatic Center & Hollyhock Pool)

City Hall was reopened to the public on June 1, as were the following city-run recreation programs and amenities:

  • Club swim team practices at Surprise Aquatic Center (Surprise Storm)
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Skatepark at Dick McComb City Park
  • Park playgrounds
  • Park restrooms and drinking fountains

The city is actively working to hire and train the seasonal staff needed to operate the following programs in adherence to current CDC guidelines: youth and adult sports; adaptive programming; camps; special interest classes; special events; open swim at city pools; and the reopening of recreation centers. Once staff have been hired and trained, the city will announce exact reopening dates for these programs.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience as we work towards the return of all of our programs and services and the reopening of all of our facilities and amenities in a safe and responsible manner. 

The city has previously noted budget concerns related to reopenings amid the financial impacts of COVID-19, which are yet to be fully realized. With Governor Ducey recently announcing the distribution of more than $16.2 million to Surprise from the AZCares Fund, the city now has more funding flexibility. Local governments may use their allocation to cover regular payroll costs of public health and public safety personnel, freeing up existing local budget capacity to be deployed elsewhere.

For additional information related to the city’s COVID-19 response, please visit surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19.

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