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.

Recreation Facilities & Activities Now Open

  • Pools for Lap Swimming, Masters Swimming & Water Fitness The Health Order allows City pools to open for pre-registered lap swimming, fitness classes, masters swimming, summer camps, and day camps. No open-access swimming is allowed.
  • Sports Fields for Sports Training: In 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. The City’s modified day camp programs will be utilizing the rental boats Monday thru Friday.
  • Day Camps and Specialty Camps: Registration is underway for a series of week-long modified summer day camp programs and specialty camp programs with sessions running through August 6, 2020. Limited space is available. 
    • Learn more and register here or call 707-543-3282 (day camps) or 707-543-3737 (specialty camps)
    • For more information on Summer Camps, please see our page.
    • For more information about program guidelines and safety procedures, please see our FAQs.
  • Yoga for Adults: Gentle Somatic Yoga and Yoga for Every Body classes are now available at Finley Community Center.

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 counter at Steele Lane Community Center is open for program registration; Finley Community Center remains closed. Limited facility rentals are now allowed under Sonoma County health orders. For current availability 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.