The City of Maricopa had closed the dog park at Copper Sky.

The dog park at Copper Sky Regional Park had been one of the amenities that remained accessible after the center, pool and playgrounds were shutdown due to COVID-19.

That changed Friday, however, because of human behavior.

“People were tending to gather at the seating area while their dogs play,” said Nathan Ullyot, director of the Community Services Department.

With social distancing the new norm, Ullyot said closing the area was consistent with Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order Friday that broadened closures to include outdoor basketball courts and other recreational areas that bring people into close proximity.

“Dog owners are still welcome to walk their dogs in the open space throughout the park,” Ullyot said.

The City closed playgrounds and public restrooms at Copper Sky and Pacana Park. Many homeowner’s associations have also taped off playgrounds, as has Ak-Chin Indian Community.  

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