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 Recreation

Autumn is almost here, which means the kids are back in school…OR ARE THEY? Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has been working hard coming up with solutions to the COVID-19 distance-learning challenge! We are proud to offer a brand-new program designed to provide a safe and fun experience for your child, while also helping to enhance your child’s education through distance-learning support.

Join us beginning August 24th for the first of two, seven-week sessions to be held at Steele Lane Community Center and the Finley Community Center Complex. Participants ages 6 to 11 will join learning hubs of up to 12 youth each and designated staff, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. They’ll have their own dedicated room with powerful WIFI to support their video classroom meetings and will receive staff assistance to help them with their more challenging subjects and projects*. Then, when your kids are not learning in their online classroom meetings or completing their homework, they will have a ton of fun participating in all sorts of arts, crafts, hiking, games, stories, movies, swimming and much more! Each site has access to a nearby park for fun outdoor activities. 

The School of Recreation is designed in part by a veteran teacher of 26 years with input from parents, teachers, and school principals. It promises to provide a supportive educational environment with just the right amount of fun!

*Participants must bring earbuds and a functional WIFI-capable Chromebook, laptop or tablet (IPAD).

About Learning Hubs

Groups will be comprised of up to 12 children, with staff assigned just to them, and will stay together throughout the session. Family members remain together and may make one friend request. While we plan to inject some fun into the distance-learning process, we will have fun safely with COVID-19 precautions firmly in place – including facial coverings as required, social distancing, rigorous sanitation and safe hygiene practices. We are closely following all CDC protocols and Sonoma County health orders to present these programs for our Santa Rosa community. 

Safety Protocols & Frequently Asked Questions

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

Assistance for Income-Qualifying Families


Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has dedicated $10,000 from its Scholarship Fund to help offset the cost of the School of Recreation for income-qualifying families. 

Apply for a Scholarship

Reserve your space in the program by signing up at full price using the Registration link below and then contact us at 707-543-3737 for further information and to make an appointment.

See if You Are Eligible

Scholarships will be provided first-come, first-served to those who meet income qualifications and with proof of eligibility. Learn more about eligibility at:

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

The Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund is made possible through fundraising and generous community donations. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Fund if you are able. Visit

School of Recreation

Monday-Friday, 7:30am – 5pm | Ages 6-11 
7-week sessions: Fall 8/24 – 10/9 & Winter 10/12 – 12/12* 
Steele Lane Community Center & Finley Community Center Complex
$250 per child, per week
*Must register for entire 7-week session. Weekly payment plans are available.

REGISTER ONLINE (Beginning 8/7 at 9am)
or call 707-543-3737

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.