Alpharetta reopening park fields and facilities, city hall

Alpharetta is extending its portion of the Big Creek Greenway north by about 1.8 miles, to Union Hill Park. JASON GETZ/AJC FILE
Alpharetta is extending its portion of the Big Creek Greenway north by about 1.8 miles, to Union Hill Park. JASON GETZ/AJC FILE

Alpharetta will start reopening city offices Friday and continue in stages through June 1.

Employees and the public can return to city hall, Monday, where their temperatures will be taken upon entry. City officials said anyone with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees will not be allowed inside.

Alpharetta Municipal Court remains closed at least until June 16, following the statewide judicial emergency extension to June 12.

Public buildings have been closed since March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In reopening, indoor spaces and parks require social distancing, according to a city statement.

Children’s playgrounds reopen June 1, however, tennis and pickleball courts and park restrooms will be accessible again on Friday.

Athletic fields will be available for informal, recreational play. Youth organizations can use the fields for practices, but a permit will be required along with a plan for social distancing, the statement said. In addition, dog owners can take their pets to Waggy World Paw Park at Wills Park.

“We feel that beginning use of our ball fields and other athletic facilities is appropriate now that we are better able to put safety protocols in place and better promote social distancing and other guidelines being followed,” Mayor Jim Gilvin said. “For this to work, however, we need and are counting on the public to follow those guidelines, act responsibly, and do their part to help protect the health and safety of each other.”

Gilvin and the City Council will meet in council chambers for a regular meeting on Monday. Only 22 members of the public will be allowed in. The meeting will continue to be available by teleconference.

More facilities will open up on May 26 including Alpharetta Community Center, Alpharetta Arts Center and Wills Park Recreation Center.

In addition to park playgrounds, picnic pavilions reopen for small groups on June 1. No reservations are required. And youth organizations can start to use city athletic fields for organized play with a permit and social distancing plan.