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  • County to stage limited reopening of selected community centers, programs

    Oct 01, 2020 | Read More News
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    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation will begin a limited reopening of some of its community centers, particularly those in outlying parts of the County, beginning in early October.

    The County plans to re-open selected computer labs and meeting rooms the week of Oct. 5. Limited outdoor activities will begin the week of Oct. 19.

    Activities (with locations) slated to restart with appropriate COVID-19 protective measures include:

     CENTER  COMPUTER LAB  MEETING ROOM  OUTDOOR PROG  MEAL SERVICE***
     Ajo  N/A  Yes  Yes  Yes
     Arivaca  N/A  N/A  No  N/A
     Catalina  Yes  Yes  Yes  N/A
     Drexel  N/A  Yes  Yes  N/A
     Flowing Wells  N/A  No*  Yes**  Yes
     Littletown  N/A  Yes  Yes  N/A
     Mt. Lemmon  N/A  Yes  N/A  N/A
     Picture Rocks  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
     Robles  Yes  Yes  Yes  N/A
    *Closed while site re-purposed for COVID testing
    **Modified program moved to nearby park
    ***Continue to exclude sit-down meals. Curbside pick-up only.

    A number of COVID-related precautions will be in place for use of computers and meeting rooms, including:
    • Advanced reservations;
    • Limited workstation availability;
    • Picture Rocks Community CenterTemperature screenings of all staff and patrons;
    • Mandatory face coverings;
    • Frequent sanitation;
    • Limiting meeting attendance to 10 or fewer;
    • Limited use of meeting rooms (i.e. no private birthday parties or personal use)
    Staff members are getting creative devising ways to conduct activities in a safe, but fun, manner. Some of the activities being considered include:
    • Drive-in bingo: play in your car using disposable cards;
    • Pre-school story times in the park;
    • Teen physical activities done in a socially distanced way, such as cornhole or kickball
    “We think it’s important to bring back some of these programs and services, particularly in more remote areas of our community where internet service is limited,” Kelly Cheeseman, NRPR program manager, said. “And depending on the status of the pandemic, we’ll consider additional offerings later this year.”

    Find more details about County-operated centers on the County’s community centers webpage. Additional information on the re-opening plan may be found in the County Administrator’s Sept. 28 memo.