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El Paso parks open, zoo and museum openings announced

Claudia Hernandez
City and state parks reopened Monday June 8, playground equipment is still of limits until further notice.

With Monday’s reopening of city parks in EPaso, there have been additional announcements about the El Paso Museum of Art and History alongside the El Paso Zoo.  

All state and city parks, museums and the zoo have been closed since March 19 due to COVID-19 concerns. 

The El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens reopens July 1. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. Monday and Tuesday the zoo will be closed.  

Face coverings will be required and capacity will be limited. All visitor experiences will be offered outside only. No inside shows, demonstrations or visits to buildings will be allowed. The zoo will also keep tides and the playgrounds closed.  

The El Paso Museum of Art and the Museum of History will reopen on a three-days-a-week schedule 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning July 2.  

Classes, camps, lectures and artist demonstrations will be held online until further notice. 

El Paso will reopen select regional recreation centers July 1. The hours for the centers will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a three-hour closing each day for cleaning and reopen from 4 p.m. to 9.p.m. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  on Friday and Saturday. 

The facilities reopening include: 

  • Veterans Recreation Center (5301 Salem Drive) 
  • Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center (901 N. Virginia St.) 
  • Gary del Palacio Recreation Center (3001 Parkwood St.) 
  • Pavo Real Recreation Center (9301 Alameda Ave.) 
  • Marty Robbins Recreation Center (11620 Vista Del Sol Drive) 
  • Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center (563 N Carolina Drive) 
  • Don Haskins Recreation Center (7400 High Ridge Drive) 


Currently, city parks are open, including skate parks and outdoor basketball and tennis courts. All playgrounds will still be off-limits and social distancing guidelines are still in effect. Groups of no more than 10 people arallowed and face coverings are still required unless you are taking part in sports or aerobic activity. 

Michael Cuviello may be reached at [email protected] 


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Michael Cuviello
Michael Cuviello is a multimedia journalism student at UTEP. He currently serves The Prospector at Sports Editor and reporter. During the summer 2020, he led the publication as Editor-In-Chief where he helped cover Black Lives Matter protests and the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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