City of Alpharetta to begin phased reopening May 15, beginning with park facilities

City officials announced that some parts of city parks will reopen beginning May 15. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
City officials announced some parts of city parks will reopen beginning May 15. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

City officials announced some parts of city parks will reopen beginning May 15. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Alpharetta city officials announced a phased reopening plan for restoring regular in-person operations beginning May 15 in a press release May 12, starting with the following park facilities as long as appropriate social distancing and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are practiced:

  • Tennis and pickleball courts

  • Athletic fields for nonorganized play

  • Waggy World Dog Park

  • All outdoor restrooms


Youth sports organizations may also hold tryouts and/or skill drills on athletic fields upon submitting a COVID-19 plan and receiving a permit from the city, the press release said.

"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," Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin said in the release. "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."

Beginning May 18, the lobbies of both City Hall and the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety will reopen to the public, including the permit windows in the city's community development department and the City Hall cashier windows. Temporary plexiglass windows have been installed in both locations, and the temperatures of employees and the public will be taken using no-contact thermometers when they enter the facilities, according to the release. Anyone registering a temperature of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed to remain in the building.

The Alpharetta City Council meeting on May 18 will also have limited in-person capacity in addition to virtual viewing methods. While council chambers typically hold 120 audience members, only 22 audience members will be allowed to ensure appropriate spacing between each other, the release said.

So long as state officials determine Georgia has fulfilled the second phase of the criteria in the federal Opening Up America Again plan, the city of Alpharetta will continue to reopen public facilities as follows:


On May 26:



  • Alpharetta Community Center

  • Alpharetta Arts Center

  • Wills Park Recreation Center


On June 1:


  • Playgrounds with on-site staff monitoring

  • Picnic pavilions with small groups only and no reservations

  • Athletic fields for organized use by youth organizations and/or rentals upon submission of a proper COVID-19 plan and issuance of a permit by the city

  • Rental use of the Wills Park Recreation Center upon submission of a proper COVID-19 plan and issuance of a permit by the city

  • Alpharetta History Museum


“It is important that we begin to return to normal operations, but our first priority will always be the safety of the public and our employees,” Gilvin said. “We understand and appreciate the diversity of opinions and comfort levels regarding reopening parks, public facilities, and business operations.”
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.