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City offers many ways to play and have fun

July 21st, 2020 development
City offers many ways to play and have fun

By the City of Chandler

July is Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association celebrated each year in Chandler.

But 2020 is a year like no other and this month, residents are invited to explore Chandler amenities in a whole new way.

Andy Bass, Chandler’s Community Services director, describes Chandler’s approach and response to COVID-19 in its parks and recreation areas.

“As we watched the global pandemic unfold, we felt compelled to not just shut our doors and cancel our programs. We’d rather encourage play and exploration, with practical and enriching programming for which we are so well known,” he said.

Chandler Rec At-Home was introduced to support children and adults alike in keeping boredom at bay and helping them thrive. Team members pulled together the signature programs offered by the City to turn them into entertaining live streams, DIY videos and action-packed activity sheets all available on the City website —

Here is an overview of some of the ways you and your families can celebrate this year’s Park and Recreation Month and learn more about the status of Chandler’s parks and recreation facilities.

Chandler Rec At-Home: The free hub comes stocked with lessons from the instructors you know and love, hands-on activities, downloadable games and a vibrant mix of pre-recorded and live content.

Many of your favorite instructors are now offering classes that are live streamed. From yoga to watercolors, story time crafts to Tai Chi, classes are offered at various times for all ages. Check the schedule and join classes at

If you’d rather have activities on your own schedule try out the pre-recorded videos and activities available online which include: a seed bomb gardening project; how to create your own geode; and play water safety BINGO.

Watch for more videos and activities as the pages are updated with new content.

Parks: Chandler has more than 60 parks, providing you with plenty of options to be physically distant from others while still being able to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Cool off at one of the three spray and splash pads, test your skills at the bike or skate parks, or take your four-legged friends out for a stroll at any of the four dog parks.

Visit for the Guide to Chandler’s Parks tool to discover the amenities provided at each of Chandler’s parks – from the largest regional parks to community and neighborhood parks and special use facilities,

The City encourages everyone to be considerate, maintain a physical distance greater than six feet from others while enjoying Chandler parks, and please wear a face covering if you can’t be distant.

Reservations for park pavilions and athletic fields are currently limited to groups of 50 people or fewer in compliance with the governor’s most recent executive orders.

Aquatics: Chandler’s six aquatic centers and neighborhood pools offer year-round hours of water fun and double as water classrooms.

Chandler’s aquatic centers and pools are currently open for regularly scheduled classes and programs, and open swim sessions are available at a reduced capacity.

Reservations are required and Chandler residents receive priority for open swimming.

When visiting, guests should do their part to stay distant from others outside their party. Lifeguards will help to limit the number of people congregating around pool amenities (i.e. diving boards, slides, lazy river, etc.) to abide by state orders to limit groups to 10 people or less at pools. To make a reservation, visit

Classes, activities and events: Explore the latest Break Time Recreation Guide at for a complete list of classes, activities, and events that are scheduled for the fall.

All the activities and programs featured in this issue are tentatively scheduled as we are prepared to take any needed precautionary measures during these unprecedented times.

So, while things keep changing, Chandler Parks and Recreation is here to help you continue to discover, imagine and grow together.

We continue to do our part to bring joy to your backyard or living room through our new online platform. And we are committed to welcoming you back into our facilities when it is safe – we will be ready for your return and for the next adventure to begin.