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 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

  • City Playgrounds Open, Children and Adults Must Follow COVID-19 Precautions: Following September 28, 2020 guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the City of Santa Rosa has reopened all City playgrounds with requirements and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Read the California Department of Public Health’s full directive and guidance related to the reopening of playgrounds. Signage has been posted to remind residents about the requirement to follow necessary precautions when using playgrounds and to adapt the way they live and function in light of the ongoing risk of the coronavirus pandemic. Visitors to outdoor community playgrounds must comply with the following requirements:
    • 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.
    • Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
    • Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
    • Consider visiting on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
    • No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
    • Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
    • Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground areas when others are present.
    • Limit visit to 30 min per day when others are present. 
  • Sports Fields for Sports TrainingGroups of up to 14 people may apply for a Sports Field Permit to arrange for opportunities for sports training on City sports fields or turf areas. These opportunities are possible with a Sports Field permit ONLY. Competitions, games, spectators and gatherings on or around sports fields are NOT allowed as they can easily spread COVID-19 -- putting YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND OUR COMMUNITY at risk!
  • 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.
  • School of Rec - Distance Learning Camp & Care: 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.  

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. Boat rentals are closed for the winter season.
  • 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.