May 14, 2020
12:30 p.m.
Tennis courts set to reopen May 15

Outdoor tennis courts, including the Payne Park Tennis Center, will reopen to the public Friday, May 15 .

Payne Park Tennis Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with court use limited to singles play only. Players will be asked to adhere to safe playing policies as recommended by the United States Tennis Association .

To help keep the community safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, new policies will be in place at Payne Park Tennis Center, including:

  • Reservations only. A court reservation can be made by phone at 941-263-6640 or online with a master pass number. A brief, 80-second how-to video is available for those new to the online system.
  • New tennis balls only.
  • Showers, lockers, ball machines temporarily unavailable.

The complete Payne Park Tennis Center reopening policy is available online .

Tennis courts at Arlington Park, Gillespie Park and Pioneer Park will be open daily 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. with singles play only following social distancing guidelines and USTA recommendations.

For questions or to reserve a court at Payne Park Tennis Center, please call 941-263-6640.
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Boat ramps, fishing piers, dog parks and outdoor spaces remain open to the public. Proper social distancing, as directed by the CDC, must be followed with no gatherings of 10 people or more.

Arlington Park Aquatic Complex is scheduled to reopen Friday, May 29.

The Sarasota Police Department is providing public safety services around the clock and will respond to emergency calls as usual. For other non-emergency calls, Chief DiPino has instituted a temporary Telephone Reporting Unit that will be operated by a sworn officer daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Lido Beach, Bird Key Park parking lot, parks facilities and amenities, including playgrounds and basketball courts, are closed.

All shows at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are canceled through June 15. Staff are working diligently to reschedule shows. Visit for updates.

All City of Sarasota buildings are closed to the public. Most operations and services are continuing with staff working remotely and a limited number of employees on-site.

To conduct business with the City, please send inquiries via email . Contacts and email addresses are available on www.SarasotaFL.Gov . Or call: 941-263-6000 .

City buildings are closed to the public. Please request services online at www.SarasotaFL.Gov or via the following phone numbers:
Building Permits

City Commission Office

City Manager Office

Code Compliance

Development Services

Economic Development
Parking Division

Parks & Recreation

Sarasota Police - Front Desk

Solid Waste/Garbage Collection

Van Wezel - Box Office

Water Billing
941-263-6260; 941-263-6261
For questions regarding Sarasota County services including SCAT, please contact the Sarasota County Contact Center: 941-861-5000.