City community centers plan phased reopening following new state guidance; summer programs and resources available now

Following the State of California’s reopening on June 15, the City’s Department of Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment (YPCE) will enact a phased reopening of community centers throughout the summer. Meanwhile, YPCE is currently offering multiple pre-registered in-person options for families and children.

“We are excited that California has removed many of its COVID-19 restrictions, and now YPCE is working to safely reopen our services fully to the public,” said Director of Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment Mario Lara.

Scheduled programming has already resumed including youth camps, youth classes and senior fitness. Triple R Adult Day Program has also resumed limited programming at Hart Senior Center, as well as park picnic reservations. The City is opening 14 pools to the public this summer, with a kick-off weekend June 18 to 20, with $1 admission.

Currently, City community centers are not open for public drop-in visits, fitness centers, facility rentals and larger group programs.

“Due to the nature of these programs being geared toward youth who are still required to wear masks and are unvaccinated, and toward seniors who are considered a vulnerable population, we will continue to take extra precautions at community centers for now,” Lara said.

Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment is also hiring for multiple positions to get more staff back into the community centers in preparation for reopening fully to the public. Those interested in applying should visit and search for Recreation Aide, Building Monitor and/or Custodian positions.

“Bear with us as we get more staffing so we can bring additional services back online including fitness centers and facility rentals,” Lara said.

As staffing allows, community center fitness centers are expected to open in mid-July. Reopening community centers and Hart Senior Center to drop-in visitors, rentals, and expanded programming will be reassessed into the fall as summer programming concludes and the impact of the state’s re-opening on COVID-19 transmission is known.

YPCE staff will continue to offer customer service via phone (916-808-6060) and email at Residents may also contact the community centers directly for assistance.

Residents are also encouraged to register for a Come Out and Play Card to sign up for available classes and events, and to stay up-to-date with Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment news.