pARK AND RECREATION COVID-19 RESOURCES

APRA Office and Programs

The APRA Office is closed and its staff is working remotely. Emails are the best way to reach us at this time. APRA is following the CDC Employer Response Recommendations for its office and events, and eliminating non-essential travel.

All in-person workshops scheduled via Zoom or have been cancelled. See the list of upcoming APRA Workshops and Webinars, including FREE Virtual Roundtables by viewing the event calendar.

Members may post specific questions and responses in the interactive forum of the APRA  Forum page linked above and watch for other relevant news and updates on the APRA Facebook page and future email blasts.

We understand your respective towns and cities may be restricting travel and APRA will certainly consider that with our determinations. At this time, our current refund policy stands. As the past few days has shown, information changes hourly so we remain cautiously optimistic.

We stand vigilant, together as a profession and the example we set for the state by our response and resolve for cooler heads to prevail; knowledge (and good hygiene!) is power.

Stay on top of the latest developments by monitoring local communications on the APRA Forums page. 

Available Resources

Recommended Reopening Plans

USTA Guidelines for Players and Facilities - May 2020

USA Swimming Reopening Plan

NRPA Path to Recovery

Aspen Institute Guideline for Athletic Programs

Aspen Institute Return to Play Risk Assessment Tool

Ballfield Social Distancing Guidelines

Sports UAC - Safe In June Campaign 

Specific Guidance for Common Park and Recreation Spaces, Facilities and Programs - NRPA

NRPA Phased Reopening Planning – Gradually Restoring Operations to Protect Public Health

USSSA COVID Best Practices and Waivers

CDC Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19 _May 

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Governor Ducey's Pool Guidance

Safely Reopening Municipal Facilities Toolkit

CDC original report "Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework" - May 2020

The CDC has now released their official high level decision tools for a variety of settings including childcare, youth programs and summer camps, and workplaces. We'll be adding these to our recovery framework resources soon but wanted to share right away. May 14

Decision Tools for Schools and Child Care Programs:

Decision Tools for Business and Workplaces:


State Resources

Arizona Department of Health Services

Governor Ducey Emergency Declaration 

Governor Ducey Executive Order

Arizona Game and Fish Covid Updates

Maricopa County Updates

Maricopa County Cities and Towns

Arizona State Parks and Trails Update

April 3 Governor Guidance on Essential Services

Check the amount of confirmed coronavirus cases by zipcode in Arizona


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Community and Faith-Based Organizations
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Communications Resources
Cases and Latest Updates
Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater
Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19


Other Federal, National, World Resources
The White House Coronavirus Guidelines for America
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on Human Pandemic Response
WHO: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Johns Hopkins CSSE Coronavirus: COVID-19 Global Cases GIS Dashboard

General Park and Recreation Resources
How Can Public Space managers Help Fight COVID-19, Project for Public Spaces
Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing, NRPA
Access to Parks and the Outdoors is Crucial for Mental Health in Our Communities, NRPA
This is Going to Leave a Mark, PRPS
FEMA Emergency Declaration: Public Assistance for COVID-19 Financial Impacts, NRPA
Urban Park and Recreation Leaders Discuss Fast-Evolving Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic, NRPA
Coronavirus: What Impact Will COVID-19 Have on Parks and Recreation?, NRPA
How Park and Recreation Leaders are Addressing Coronavirus — Episode 61, NRPA
Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019, NRPA

USTA Statement


Health & Wellness Guidance Resources
COVID-19 Guidance for Park and Recreation Sites that Operate USDA Child Nutrition Programs
COVID-19 in Parks and Recreation: Supporting Community Health and Wellbeing During an Outbreak
COVID-19 and Older Adults: Assisting Our Most Vulnerable Population
No Kid Hungry Coronavirus Grant Request
Serving Meals During COVID-19: Out-of-School Time Partners
Staying Safe, Healthy, and Entertained During the Coronavirus, NEEF

Park, Facility, Playground and Maintenance Resources
Experts: Stop taking children to playgrounds, playdates during coronavirus outbreakGlobal News
Cleaning Procedures for Campgrounds and Recreation Areas, Recreation Resource Management
Keeping a Safe Social Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic, NRPA
State of Play Guide to Playground Hygiene, AAA
Playground Professionals How Clean Are Your Playgrounds?
Recommendations on Cleaning and Disinfection, CDC
Guidance on COVID-19, OSHA

General Guidance from CDC for Administrators

CDC Resources for Park and Recreation Facilities

ACA COVID Resources for Camps


NRPA Statement on Playgrounds and Play Structures

At this time there are no further recommendations for playgrounds and other outdoor equipment. Check with your playground/equipment manufacturer for cleaning and sanitizing instructions.

Aquatics Resources
Resources on Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater, CDC
Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19, WHO
World Health Organization Technical Brief

How Parks and Recreation Are Engaging Their Communities
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Matrix for Assessing Permitted Events
Park and Recreation Agencies Step Up to Provide Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic, NRPA
City of Watsonville (CA) Virtual Recreation Center
Farmers Branch (TX) Community Recreation Center "See You Soon" Video
Grapevine Parks and Recreation (TX) 3-Minute Workout 
Georgia State Park Isolating COVID-19 Patients

Nutrition & Food Distribution Resources

Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on Human Pandemic Response, USDA   
Nationwide Child Nutrition Waivers, USDA  To ensure access to meals through the child nutrition programs as communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to issue waivers to increase cost

Children & Family Resources
Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crises, HealthyChildren.org
Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on Human Pandemic Response, USDA
Keep kids' play dates small, outside and low-contact during pandemic, doctors advise, NPR News
Dealing with Disappointment During Coronavirus Cancellations, Postponements, Positive Coaching Alliance

Downloadable Infographics
Infographic on Social Distancing in Parks and Trails (To copy or share the image, click on it to open the full size in a new tab, then right click the image and choose “save as” or copy and paste into a document.)
Image Credit: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) www.nrpa.org



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