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  • Pima County’s Agua Caliente Park closed for Easter

    Mar 30, 2020 | Read More News
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    Agua Caliente Park, which for years has been a popular site for family picnics on Easter Sunday, will be closed this year (April 12) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The far eastside park, managed by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, is located at 12325 E. Roger Road.

    In past years, the park has drawn as many as 600 visitors who quickly fill the parking lot and park along nearby streets. Since the sheer volume of visitors would make it virtually impossible to comply with social distancing guidelines, officials made the decision to close the park. Therefore, park gates will be closed on Easter and the entrance will be blocked.

    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department will monitor the park and nearby area during the day to ensure that guests remain out of the park. The park will reopen Monday, April 13, at 7 a.m. Park hours are 7 a.m. to sunset. 

    With an abundance of caution, and in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines, NRPR made the decision March 20 to Agua Caliente pondcancel nearly all Department-organized events and activities at all of its sites due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    However, NRPR-operated natural resource parks, urban parks and river parks, and associated facilities are expected to remain open for general public use by individuals and families in the community, which is in accordance with Gov. Doug Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-12 that listed park facilities as “Essential Services,” thereby preventing them from closure. 

    Parks and trails are seeing increased usage due to the number of residents home from work and school. To maintain a healthful environment within the park system, NRPR staff members are taking additional disinfection steps at public restrooms and play structures. See County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s March 27 memo to the Board of Supervisors on the actions being taken to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread at public parks.