COVID-19 Impacts on Recreation Programs & Parks

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  1. Parks

Health Order Expands Access to Recreation & Parks

On June 18, 2020, the Sonoma County Health Officer issued a new Health Order that eased some public health restrictions on outdoor recreational activities. Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has implemented the safety protocols required under the Health Order to open, and is excited to provide recreational opportunities for our community as allowed under the Health Order.

Recreation Facilities & Activities Now Open

  • School of Rec - Distance Learning Camp & Care: No matter what school your child attends or their virtual classroom schedule, the School of Rec - Distance Learning Camp & Care is here to help you support your child during the COVID-19 distance learning challenge! This program provides a learning environment where small consistent groups (cohorts) of up to 12 youth, spaced six-feet apart, participate in their individual virtual classroom sessions (youth must provide their own laptop/tablet and earbuds). In addition, groups will meet in a secondary space for arts, crafts and academic enrichment activities led by Camp & Care staff, enjoy exercise and group games at neighboring Finley Community Park and Steele Lane Park, and take field trips to Finley Aquatic Center for lifeguard supervised swimming.  
  • Pools for Lap Swimming, Masters Swimming, Water Fitness & Water Polo: The Health Order allows City pools to open for pre-registered lap swimming, fitness classes, masters swimming and water polo. No open-access swimming is allowed.
  • Sports Fields for Sports TrainingIn accordance with the Health Order, opportunities for sports training on City sports fields or turf areas are available to groups of up to 14 people from different households with a Sports Field permit only.
  • Boating & Sailing Camps at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park
  • Boat Rentals at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park: The Boathouse at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park is open to the public for weekend boat rentals, reservations only.

Facilities & Activities to Remain Closed

  • Recreation swimming, swim lessons, pool rentals and birthday parties
  • Tournaments, competitions, sport events and live audiences/spectators
  • Groups areas, picnic sites, sports fields for public access, volleyball, handball, skate parks, RC track, horseshoe courts, bicycle pump track, amphitheaters, amusements, concessions, BBQs, drinking fountains.

Suspended/Modified Recreation Programs & Services  

  • To view all of the currently offered activities and classes, start here.
  • All community events and gatherings are cancelled until further notice. No park, picnic, or event permits will be issued until the Health Order allows them.   
  • Community Centers and Facilities: The front counters at Finley and Steele Lane Community Centers are closed for walk-in service, but staff are still available to answer phone calls. Please call 707-543-3737 for Finley Community Center and 707-543-3282 for Steele Lane Community Center. Currently, no rental events may be hosted until further notice. To inquire about tentative bookings for future events, please click here. 
  • Senior Programs, including the Senior Expo, are suspended until further notice.  
  • Howarth Park amenities closed until further notice include the train, carousel, pony rides, snack bar, and animal barn. All City events and permitted events in Howarth Park, including Kids to Parks Day and Movies in the Park are cancelled.
  • Community Volunteer events are suspended until further notice.
  • Work Experience cancelled through Summer 2020. 
  • To Learn More about Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks programs and services, visit Santa Rosa Recreation & Park’s web page.