About Us


Creating community through people, parks and programs. 


Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks provides recreational experiences, fosters human development, increases cultural unity, protects environmental resources, facilitates community problem solving, strengthens safety and security, promotes health and wellness, strengthens community image and sense of place and supports economic development.

What We Do

The Recreation and Parks Department operates and maintains approximately 525 acres of City parks and sports facilities. We are caretaker for an additional 250 acres of public landscaped areas, undeveloped parks, street medians, and back-on landscaping. Recreation and Parks maintains approximately 72,000 street and park trees, and a large number of special recreational and historic facilities, including Howarth Park, Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, the Church of One Tree, DeTurk Round Barn, the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Finley and Steele Lane Community Centers, the Person Senior Wing, Ridgway and Finley Aquatic Centers and the Bennett Valley Golf Course. 

The Department provides recreation programming to participants of all ages and abilities offering hundreds of scheduled classes each season of the year. Additionally, with a share of the funding from the Transactions and Use Tax (Measure "O"), the department provides gang prevention and intervention services to youth in Santa Rosa through after-school and summer playground programs.

Standards of Behavior

For the enjoyment and safety of everyone, Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks requires all park users and participants of recreational programs to treat the people and facilities connected with its programs with respect and abide by all rules and direction from staff. Recreation & Parks reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for failure to abide by these standards.

Photo Policy

Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks reserves the right to photograph facilities, activities and program participants for potential promotional use. All photos are the property of Recreation & Parks and may be used for publicity or promotional purposes only. If you or anyone in your family should not be photographed, contact Recreation & Parks at (707) 543-3737.

Business & Strategic Action Plan

In 2008, City Council approved a long term strategic plan for the Recreation & Parks Department. Click here to view it.