COVID-19 Impacts on Recreation Programs & Parks

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Health Order Expands Access to Recreation & Parks

On June 18, 2020, the Sonoma County Health Officer issued a new Health Order that eases some public health restrictions on outdoor recreational activities. Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks is excited to open recreational opportunities for our community! We have implemented the safety protocols required under the Health Order to open, and are working to complete deferred maintenance at City parks and facilities.

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.

About Our Staff & Safety Procedures

The School of Rec - Distance Learning Camp & Care is primarily staffed by camp counselors from Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks’ summer day camps, who have received additional training in effective homework assistance, as well as procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Groups will maintain social distance from each other, and children will undergo a daily health screening and temperature check. Staff will disinfect program materials throughout the day.

Safety Protocols & Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the measures being taken to make your child’s experience a safe, educational and a memorable one here.

Assistance for Income-Qualifying Families


Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has dedicated $10,000 ($500 per child) from its Scholarship Fund to help offset the cost of School of Rec – Distance Learning Camp & Care for income-qualifying families.

Apply for a Scholarship

Limited, partial scholarships for income qualifying families are available for the School of Rec – Distance Learning Camp & Care: LEARN MORE & HOW TO APPLY

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

The Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund is made possible by fundraising events and community donations. Please consider making a contribution to assist families in need during COVID-19: DONATE NOW

School of Rec - Distance Learning Camp & Care

Session: 7-weeks, August 24 - October 9
Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 5pm

Age: 6-11 years, Grades 1-5

Locations: Finley Complex (2060 W. College Ave) | Steele Lane Community Center (415 Steele Lane)

Fee: $1,750 per 7-week session. Payable by weekly installements of $250

Register Now

Call 707-543-3737, M-F, 8am-5pm or REGISTER ONLINE

Recreation Facilities & Activities Now Open

  • Distance Learning - Gymnastics and Fencing: Community-based contract instructors who work with Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks to provide specialty recreation activities for our community are branching out to create combo programs that also assist with distance-learning. Registration begins August 7 at 9:00 a.m. for Santa Rosa Gymnastics’ StudyFlip Camp and En Garde Fencing’s Active-Ed Camp, and more opportunities are expected to be forthcoming soon.
  • 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 new Health Order, opportunities for sports training on City sports fields or turf areas are now being provided to groups of up to 10 people from different households with a Sports Field permit only.
    • Staff are working to create and implement this new permit process and applications are being accepted at
  • 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
  • Groups areas, picnic sites, playgrounds, 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 is cancelled through the summer.  
  • To Learn More about Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks programs and services, visit Santa Rosa Recreation & Park’s web page.