CASA GRANDE — As the weather outside continues to heat up, more city of Casa Grande parks and facilities are reopening.
Palm Island Family Aquatic Park reopened on Monday with programs for kids and adults. There are no open swim events at this time.
Families can register kids between the ages of 5 and 17 online for the city’s youth swim team. The cost is $25 and there are a variety of dates and times listed on the registration website for each age group. Practices will be held on a regular basis but no swim meets will be held.
The city is also opening Palm Island to adult lap swimming. It is reserved for those over the age of 16 and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The cost is $1 per person and is limited to one hour. It is on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis.
The city is also offering Aqua Fitness classes for members over the age of 16. The cost is $30 for non-Recreation Center members. The lap swim and Aqua Fitness classes are included in the Recreation Center membership. Recreation Center members who want to use Palm Island will have to call to have their membership reinstated before heading over to the pool.
The splash pad at Carr McNatt Park has been open since June 1 with limited hours daily. The area is open from noon to 7 p.m. It’s closed between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. for cleaning. City staff is limiting the number of children who can play on the splash pad and play is limited to 30 minutes. Staff will blow a whistle to let families know when their time is up.
The city is also expanding hours for the Community Recreation Center on Peart Road. The hours are now 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The center is still closed on Saturday and Sunday. Members will no longer have to make a reservation to work out at the center, except for the use of the gymnasium.
Group fitness classes, with limited capacity, are expected to resume at the Recreation Center on June 22.
The city is not taking reservations for sports fields or ramada rentals at this time. However, the sports fields and other open areas at most of the parks are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. The open space at Villago Park is closed while the city tries to repair the grass.
Community Services Director Steve Hardesty said the city has had no “significant reports of issues with social or physical distancing” even though the parks have been fairly busy.
The city is also planning a drive-in Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park. Residents will be able to enter the parking lot at the park at 7 p.m. and asked to park in specially marked parking spots for the event. Residents can enter the parking lot through two entrances, one on Pinal Avenue and Rodeo Road and the other on Pinal Avenue near the Paul Mason Sports Complex. The fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Residents will need to bring their own food and drinks because concession stands will not be open. However, restrooms and hand washing stations will be open and located throughout the parking lot.