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City releases timeline for reopening of Parks and Rec, Libraries and all other services

Monday afternoon, officials with the City of El Paso announced timelines to phase in the reopening of various Quality of Life services beginning in April.

Those reopening are to include select facilities and programs from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Public Libraries and the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
“Our community is moving in the right direction with decreased active COVID-19 cases, and hospitalization rates,” said Quality of Life Deputy City Manager Tracey Jerome. “It is encouraging to see select Quality of Life facilities reopening and begin bringing these amenities back to our youth and all of our families. The City will continue practicing behaviors that mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to include requiring face coverings and practicing social distancing.”
The decision to reopen facilities was made after consulting and obtaining support from the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Public Health, and the City-County Local Health Authority.
City officials share that the reopening strategy is responsive to the community’s needs for services and programs and prioritizes the health and safety of all residents and City staff.
“City employees are working hard to prepare buildings and programs with robust health and safety processes,” officials added.
A partial list of the reopening services and facilities is below; for a complete list, visit the EP Strong Website


The following select library branches will reopen for in-person browsing and continued curbside service starting Monday, April 5:

    • Dorris Van Doren
    • Memorial Park
    • Richard Burges
    • Irving Schwartz
    • Judge Marquez

Hours of Operation:

    • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday
    • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday
    • 1 to 6 p.m., Friday

The following combo library branches will open for in-person browsing on Monday, April 17:

    • Enrique Moreno (at Valle Bajo Recreation Center)
    • Chamizal

Hours of Operation:

    • Monday – Thursday
      8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday
      8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors to any El Paso Public Library:

    • will be required to wear a face covering and attendance will be monitored.
    • may walk in the library and pick what they want to checkout but are encouraged to use self-checkout machines.
    • will not be allowed to sit and read or lounge inside the library.
    • may reserve materials ahead of time and pick them up inside the library.

Curbside service is provided at the following locations:

    • Richard Burges Library 9600 Dyer (915) 212-0317 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday
    • Irving Schwartz Library 1865 Dean Martin Dr. (915) 212-0315 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
    • Dorris Van Doren Library 551 E. Redd Rd. (915) 212-0440 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday

Curbside service via the Bookmobile is provided at the following locations:

    • Memorial Park Library 3200 Copper 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday
    • Clardy Fox Library 5515 Robert Alva Ave. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday
    • Sergio Troncoso Library 9321 Alameda 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday
    • Armijo Library 620 E. 7th St. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
    • Judge Marquez Library 610 N. Yarbrough 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Material may be reserved online at or by call a designated branch location.

Mi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program
People who don’t have internet at home may borrow a mobile hotspot from the library with an active library card. The hotspot devices have unlimited data and can be borrowed for up to 6 months. Visit the following link for details:

Online Programming
The public library posts online content every week on its Facebook page. The posts consist of stories, tutorials, demos and other interesting programs. Visit their El Paso Public Library on Facebook for to access virtual programming.


The El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens has reopened to the public with limited operating hours and limited services.

New Hours of Operation

    • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday
    • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
    • Closed Monday and Tuesday

Face coverings are required by visitors and zoo staff. Signage and hand sanitizer stations are available throughout zoo grounds. More information is available at


Museum of Archeology is still closed.

El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History

    • Reopening: Thursday, April 8
    • Hours of Operation:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
    • Visitors will be required to wear a face covering and attendance will be monitored to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed. Neither museums will offer events, classes, camps, lectures, or tours at this time.

Saturday Downtown Art & Farmers Market
Reactivating: Saturday, April 10 with Hours of Operation 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every Saturday. Visitors and vendors will be required to wear a face covering and attendance will be monitored to ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed.
Cultural Funding Applicant Orientations
Scheduled orientations are postponed


All City of El Paso parks, walking and hiking trails, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts, and skate parks are currently open. All City Senior Centers will remain closed.

Visitors will be required to wear a face covering inside facilities except when participating in physical activities. Class participant numbers will be limited.

The following Recreation Centers will reopen starting Saturday, April 17. The Hours of Operation are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    • Galatzan Recreation Center
    • Veterans Recreation Center
    • Gary del Palacio Recreation Center
    • Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center
    • Marty Robbins Recreation Center
    • Nations Tobin Sports Center
    • The Chamizal Recreation Center (opening for the first time to the public)
    • Valle Bajo Recreation Center (opening for the first time to the public)

The following Sports Center will reopen starting Saturday, April 17:

    • Nations Tobin Center
      Monday – Friday
      11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Saturday and Sunday
      9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All independent, outdoor youth sports and activities have resumed with permits. Please visit for youth permit information.

No permits will be issued at this time for adult leagues and sports and any tournaments.

All Spray Parks (including El Paso Zoo & San Jacinto Plaza) will reopen Saturday, April 17. Hours of Operation Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

The following select Regional Indoor Aquatic Facilities will reopen Saturday, May 1 with Hours of Operation Tuesday – Friday 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.:

    • Memorial
    • Westside Natatorium
    • Veterans
    • Marty Robbins

The following Regional Outdoor Aquatic Facilities will reopen Monday, May 31. With Hours of Operation Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.:

    • Grandview
    • Pavo Real

The Beast Urban Park and East Natatorium at the Beast will open for the first time to the public once construction is complete.