Apr 01

City of Peoria Closes Park Amenities

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:44 AM by Samantha Thomas

Effective immediately, the city of Peoria will be closing additional amenities within city parks in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Such closures include park restrooms, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, dog parks, select sports fields, neighborhood park parking lots, and any group play areas. Ramada reservations will also be canceled through April 30
 
“The Governor’s directive that parks must remain open aligns with the recommendations of top health officials, citing numerous mental and physical benefits gained from spending time outside, recreating and exercising,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “Providing a safe environment with the best prospects for physical distancing enables Peoria residents to enjoy the benefits of springtime in Arizona, while we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
 
These closures come after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected executive order and Mayor Carlat declared a local emergency that closed all public city facilities. The park amenities that are closed will have signs indicating the closure as a reminder to residents. All open spaces, passive play spaces, trails, and walking paths will remain open for public use. Physical distancing and hygiene guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still apply in these areas, which include limiting exposure to people outside of immediate family members, avoiding groups of 10 or more people and maintaining six feet between each person.
 
“After reviewing the executive order and the CDC’s guidelines, we are confident that this decision is in the best interest of the health and safety of our residents,” said Peoria Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities John Sefton. “Parks and open spaces have a proven positive impact on the physical and mental health of our community. We strongly encourage exercise and outdoor activities in our parks; however, doing so must be while taking the recommended precautions.”
 
For the latest updates, continue to visit www.peoriaaz.gov/covid19 or follow the city on social media. Park information can be found at www.peoriaaz.gov/parks.

Mar 31

President Announces CARES and FFCR Acts

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 4:26 PM by Samantha Thomas

Earlier this week, President Trump announced two acts to help individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is $2 trillion relief package that provides much needed economic relief to families, businesses and the healthcare industry during the COVID-19 outbreak. Such relief will come in the form of tax free payments and funding for healthcare providers, lifesaving supplies and vaccines, small businesses needing assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund and more. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. All of this information can be found at www.peoriaaz.gov/covid19 under the Federal and Business Resources sections.
Mar 31

WHAM Starts Cards for Seniors

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 4:25 PM by Samantha Thomas

The What’s Happening Art Movement (WHAM), located at 16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise, Arizona, has started a Cards for Seniors campaign in the wake of closures and restrictions imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. After hearing a story from a housebound friend fighting cancer and the cards he received from friends and family that lifted his depression, WHAM Executive Director Connie Whitlock decided to take action. Cards for Seniors began with just six people on March 17 and has grown to several volunteers making and delivering cards almost daily. Even though WHAM’s doors are closed to the public, individuals can drop off cards at WHAM’s back patio in a box labeled “Cards for Seniors.” These cards will be disinfected, placed in bags and delivered to housebound seniors. For information, contact Whitlock at 623-584-8311 or connie.whitlock@wham-art.org.