Parks, Recreation & Neighborhoods

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Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the directive that came out of the Stanislaus County Health Office,  City Hall will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, December 8, 2020 until further notice.  

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the opening of all in-person recreation programs, city pools, splash grounds, community centers, senior citizens center, McHenry Mansion, Museum and Modesto Centre Plaza as well as park and facility reservations.  This decision did not come lightly, ultimately our Department and City Leadership determined that due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in Stanislaus County, it is our responsibility to help slow the spread and keep our community safe. 

We will accept park and facility reservations for events after February 28, 2021.  Parks, playgrounds, softball/baseball fields, sport courts are all open for members of the same households to use, but are closed for organized sports or reservations.  

Reservations can be made via email, fax or by phone.  The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Office will be closed for lunch, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

To access important information you are always welcome to contact us via telephone or email, visit our website, utilize GoModesto, the Virtual Recreation Center and social media. 

During this time we encourage adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, such as social distancing and staying at home when possible.  

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department  

The dedicated employees of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department can be found throughout the community.  We are the people who plan, develop and rent parks and facilities throughout the City. We plan programming for all residents, young, old and in-between. We coordinate and register you for sports programs, such as: Adult Softball, Jr. Giants and swim lessons.

We manage and recruit volunteers for special events and city-wide clean-ups, such as: Love Modesto and trail maintenance. We partner with local neighborhoods and businesses to better the community and leverage assets, such as: Modesto Band of Stanislaus County (MoBand) and Modesto City Schools. We run programming at remote sites, such as: Maddux Youth Center, Neighborhood Center at Marshall Park and the Senior Citizen’s Center. We pride ourselves in creating community through people, parks and programs.

Through the department’s divisions, a service delivery system has been established that reflects the City Council’s strategic plan. We strive to meet and exceed the open space and recreation needs and address the priorities of the community. Programs and services are continually evaluated and modified to address the changing needs and desires of Modesto’s residents and visitors.


  1. The City implemented a 2.4% Service Fee for all credit card payments effective September 1, 2017.  Persons paying in person or online will be charged this fee for most payments collected.

    You will not be charged this fee when paying for a utility service with the City of Modesto.

Title II Compliance 

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) of 1990, the Fair Employment & Housing Act (“FEHA”), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), Government Code section 11135 and other applicable codes, the City of Modesto (“City”) will not discriminate against individuals on the basis of disability in the City’s services, programs, or activities.  For more information, please visit the City of Modesto website.