COVID-19 Impacts on Recreation Programs & Parks

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Summer 2021 Recreation Programs

Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks presents the Summer 2021 Activity Guide! Having carefully studied public health guidance along with our recreation playbook, the Guide is full of healthy activities for the community to enjoy this summer. All programs embrace COVID-19 safety measures while providing the traditional joys and recreational enrichment of summer. Click on the image below or here to browse the guide. Look for information and links to FAQs within the Guide to learn more about COVID-19 safety modifications and protocols. Registration begins May 6, 2021.Summer 2021 AG Cover_Thumbnail

Spring 2021 Recreation Programs

Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks announces 20-plus new recreation programs for spring, with lifeguard training and swimming lessons topping the list! These programs in drowning prevention are especially important to the health of our community and are permissible under current public health orders with COVID-safety protocols. Additionally, virtual recreation programs in gymnastics, public speaking, and more will be offered, and some in-person programs including Spring Daze Camp Wa-Tam, gymnastics, fencing and racquet sports camps, and several bicycle-riding workshops. These programs for individuals, household members, and cohorts of children follow health orders and incorporate COVID-safety practices. SPRING 2021 PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

Recreation Facilities & Activities Now Open

  • Outdoor medium contact sports and high contact sports:  Groups, clubs, and leagues that wish to utilize City of Santa Rosa athletic fields are required to obtain a Sports Field Permit and produce a Site Specific Safety Plan; contact the sports desk at sports@srcity.orgor 707-543-4317.
    • Facial coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times and by participants when not participating and strongly encouraged to be worn during activity, including competition.
    • Observers for youth sports are limited to immediate household members and for the purpose of age-appropriate supervision. Observers should maintain at least 6 feet distance from non-household members. Observers are not permitted for adult sports.
    • Inter-team competitions (games) are permitted only if both teams are located in the same county OR in immediately bordering counties where the sport is authorized. Only one competition, per team, per day to be played. No tournaments or events that involve more than two teams.
    • Participants perform hand hygiene (washing or hand sanitizer) before play, during breaks, at mid-point, and after the activity. Shared equipment may be touched by multiple players during practice or play providing hand hygiene protocols are followed.
    • A complete list of guidance is available at: Outdoor Youth and Adult Sports Guidance 2-26-21.
  • City playgrounds are open with the following requirements and precautions: 
    1. Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
    2. Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
    3. Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
    4. Consider visiting on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
    5. No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
    6. Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
    7. Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground areas when others are present.
    8. Limit visit to 30 min per day when others are present.
    9. Read the California Department of Public Health’s full directive and guidance related to the reopening of playgrounds.
  • Pools for Lap Swimming, Masters Swimming, Water Fitness, Water Polo & Swim Lessons: The Health Order allows City pools to open for pre-registered lap swimming, fitness classes, masters swimming, water polo and swim lessons. Recreation swim will begin June 12th with limited availability and hours.

Facilities & Activities that Remain Closed

  • Pool rentals, and birthday party rentals.
  • Some reservable group areas and picnic sites, sports fields for public access (permit required), amphitheaters, amusements, concessions, 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.
  • Community Centers and Facilities: The front counter at Finley Aquatic Center is now open for public walk-in service, Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, for recreation transactions including room rental payments, picnic permits, park permits, program and aquatics registrations and reservations. The front counters at Finley and Steele Lane Community Centers are closed for walk-in service, but staff are available to answer phone calls. Please call 707-543-3737 for Finley Community Center and 707-543-3282 for Steele Lane Community Center. To inquire about rental facilities and bookings for future events, please click here. 
  • Senior Programs: Beginning June 21st select activities are returning however may require advanced reservations. Click here to view our available activities and classes.  
  • Howarth Park The train, carousel, animal barn and boat rentals are available through reservations, RESERVE NOW. The Pony rides and snack bar remain closed until further notice. All City events and permitted events in Howarth Park, including Kids to Parks Day and Movies in the Park are cancelled. Boat rentals are available by reservation only. 
  • Community Volunteer events are suspended until further notice.
  • To Learn More about Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks programs and services, visit Santa Rosa Recreation & Park’s web page.