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All Tampa parks to reopen Saturday, pools by appointment

Social distancing will be enforced.

The city of Tampa is reopening all of its parks and several amenities Saturday, the city announced Thursday.

Social distancing will still be enforced including six-feet of separation between non-family units and now fewer than 10 people per group.

Picnic shelters, playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball and volleyball courts and splash pads will remain closed.

Kayak and canoe launches, tennis, pickleball, handball and racquetball courts, disc golf, walking trails, skate parks and athletic fields will all reopen.

The city is also opening public restrooms at park facilities, which have been closed.

The city previously opened 13 park trails, beaches and dog parks on May 4.

The city is also opening community pools Saturday, however they will only be available for lap swimming and only by appointment. Social distancing will also be enforced.

Poos reopening include:
— Bobby Hicks, 4120 W Mango Ave, 33616

— Cuscaden, 2900 N 15th St, 33605

— Cyrus Greene, 2101 E Dr. MLK Blvd, 33603

— Del Rio, 10105 N Boulevard, 33603

— Interbay, 4321 W Estrella St, 33629

— Loretta Ingraham, 1611 N Hubert Ave, 33607

— Roy Jenkins, 154 Columbia Dr, 33606

— Sulphur Springs, 701 E Bird St, 33604

To reserve swim time, residents should call the pool they want to utilize. Those phone numbers are available here.

Appointments can only be made same-day and are limited to one-hour sessions.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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