City of El Paso Reopening Pools, Museums, Farmers Market, Rec Centers
City of El Paso officials had some good news for El Paso families hoping for the return of city sponsored events and activities. More quality-of-life services will return in the coming weeks which means there will be more things for families and kids to do in the months to come.
The announcement was made during a city news conference Monday (3/30) declaring the city’s intentions. "Every day we have more vaccines being put into the arms of members of our community,” Deputy City Manager Tracey Jerome said. “And so it's time we feel to go ahead and move forward.”
Among the amenities reopening to in-person attendance after being closed for more than a year due to the coronaviurs pandemic are museums, pools and spray parks, sports centers, and five more city libraries. The Downtown Art and Farmers Market will also return to its traditional Saturday spot and hours.
Not all facilities will reopen at once. The plan is to bring things back in phases. When they do, it will operate at 50% capacity until further notice. All reopening’s will follow city health and CDC COVID-19 guidelines, and face masks will be required of everyone.
• April 5: Dorris Van Doren, Memorial Park, Richard Burges, Irving Schwartz, Judge Marquez libraries open for in-person browsing Mondays through Fridays
• April 8: The El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Satudays
• April 10: The Downtown Art and Farmers Market Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• April 17: Galatzan, Veterans, Chamizal, Gary de Palacio, Officer David Ortiz, Valle Bajo, and Marty Robbins recreational centers. Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 1p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• April 17: All spray parks
• April 17: Nations Tobin sports center, Mondays through Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• May 1: Westside Natatorium, Memorial, Veterans, Eastside Natatorium and Marty Robins indoor pools will operate on Tuesdays through Fridays 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• Memorial Day Weekend: El Paso Zoo will reopen South American Pavilion and Aviary, and restart Wildlife Theater live animal shows. Sea Lion and Jaguar training demonstrations resume.
• May 31: Grandview and Pavo Real outdoor pools will operate Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• June 17: Cool Canyon Nights at McKelligon Canyon on Thursdays through September 2
• July 2: Viva El Paso Fridays and Saturdays through August 7