Though it is still a far cry from “business as usual,” West Valley cities are reopening some facilities —just in time for Memorial Day weekend, in some cases.
Then again, with schools and most businesses closed for two months, the “three-day weekend” concept is a bit unusual during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And, while Goodyear and Avondale are opening splash pads, Buckeye facilities remain closed. Litchfield Park is mulling what it will open and when, according to City Manager Bill Stephens.
After keeping Arizona in “stay-home” mode since mid-March, Gov. Doug Ducey said May 12 Arizona was in Phase 1 of White House guidelines for “opening up America again.”
“The city of Goodyear is preparing to open additional amenities since the launch of its Phase 1 reopening,” said Tammy Vo, a Goodyear spokeswoman.
“The city has seen positive and responsible actions from its residents this week with physical distancing at public counters and while using recreation amenities, including sports courts and playgrounds.”
Vo said Goodyear was in “Phase 1B of reopening,” and planned to open the following Saturday, May 23—all with social distancing:
• Goodyear Community Pool, 430 E. Loma Linda Boulevard.
• Goodyear Splash Pad at Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road.
• Goodyear Skate Park at Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road.
Goodyear City Council meetings will reopen to the public starting June 8, also with physical distancing. The Goodyear City Council meeting May 18 was to be the last online only.
Goodyear Planning and Zoning meetings will open to the public starting June 10 with physical distancing.
Maricopa County Library District libraries, including the Goodyear Library, remain closed.
Curbside pickup of materials is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, visit goodyearaz.gov/residents/library-services.
Avondale is opening many of its facilities soon.
“Parks are open again, with normal hours. Many park amenities are open again (sport courts),” said Pier Simeri, a city spokeswoman.
She said the Avondale skate park opened last week and the city’s splash pad will open on Friday, May 22.
According to a website announcement, “Avondale parks will resume normal operating hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Additionally, all park amenities ... are open to residents to use at their own risk.
“Picnic ramada reservations are now available with restrictions. The number of patrons will be limited to approximately half of normal capacity to allow for safe physical distance. Field reservations, with restrictions, will tentatively resume June.”
Avondale has not announced changes to its City Council meetings, which have been online only.
Avondale libraries will reopen on June 1.
Curbside pickup of library materials is offered at Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, and Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Avenue.
Avondale City Hall lobby is closed to the public but will reopen June 1. For information on online water payments and other services, visit avondaleaz.gov.
Senior programs and transportation at the Avondale Senior Center remain suspended. Seniors can pick up meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays at the Avondale Senior Center, 1007 S. Third Street. For questions regarding the Senior Center, call 623-333-2705.
The city of Buckeye was not ready to make any changes as of May 18.
“At this time, Buckeye continues to operate as we have since mid-March,” said Annie DeChance, a Buckeye spokeswoman.
Public access to Buckeye facilities remains restricted. For utility payments and other information, visit buckeyeaz.gov.
“Even though the (governor’s) executive order allows public pools and gyms to reopen today, Buckeye is keeping our Aquatics Center, Recreation and Senior center and both libraries closed until further notice,” DeChance said.
“While these are important amenities to our residents, opening these facilities also requires significant staff to operate and additional costs for disinfection,” she said.