2021 Recreation Reopening Plans

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will implement a phased reopening of recreation centers, pools, registered programs and other activities throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2021. Reopening plans have been developed based on equity; community vs. individual benefit; maintaining other essential city services and partnerships; and current staffing levels. Additional details will be added below as they become available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Timeline 

When are recreation centers and pools reopening?
Denver Parks and Recreation is planning a phased reopening starting May 3 with three centers dedicated to individual workout blocks in weight and cardio areas, and four centers dedicated to registered group  programs. Eight outdoor pools will open for the summer season on June 7, along with three additional workout locations.

When will gyms and sport courts open?
Gymnasiums and sports courts are especially difficult spaces to maintain physical distancing and will therefore remain closed until further notice.

Why has it taken so long for recreation centers to open?
DPR has been without approximately 1,200 on-call employees to staff its numerous programs and 30 facilities. Since early in the pandemic, recreation centers, and full-time staff have had to adjust to serve the pressing needs of the city. Centers have been repurposed and staff have been redeployed to support testing and vaccination efforts, emergency shelters, free meal service, online learning labs, virtual programming, park operations, and partnered with other Denver agencies to deliver essential services for the public. 

Why aren't all centers open?
Decisions regarding our reopening plan are guided by equity and considering neighborhoods of greatest need, along with current staffing limitations. Services have been distributed throughout the city to maximize reach while staff are recruited, rehired, and trained. Centers will continue to open throughout 2021.

When will Learning Labs close?
Learning Labs hosted at recreation centers will close on May 27, 2021. Beginning May 3, the MY Denver Card program will offer out-of-school activities at Cook Park and Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Centers, Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Signing Up

What is the cost to use facilities or participate in programs?
Reservations for most activities are $2 unless the customer has a free membership such as SilverSneakers, MY Denver PRIME, Renew Active, or MY Denver Card. Swim lessons and other program costs vary based on the activity and supplies needed.  

How do I sign up for a workout block?
Workout block reservations can be made up to 7 days in advance, online or by phone. Registration for next-day blocks close at 8:00 p.m. the night before. Only one workout block can be reserved per person, per day. Capacity varies by center. Same day walk-in reservations are not accepted. 

How do I register for programs?
Registrations for programs are open online and by phone. Capacity and pricing vary by activity. Access to centers hosting programs requires registration/activity participation.   

There is no cost to participate in MY Denver programs and registration is not required, however, participant capacity is limited at each location.

How do I enroll in a free membership?
Beginning May 3, those who are eligible for MY Denver PrimeSilverSneakers or Renew Active memberships can sign up at Cook Park, Hiawatha Davis, Highland or Platt Park Recreation Center, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Can I drop-in to work out?
To adhere to physical distancing guidelines and reduced capacity, all customers must sign up in advance for a workout block reservation.  Walk-in registrations can be made for future times/dates. All customers must provide current contact information should contact tracing be needed. 

Can I make multiple workout block reservations?
Due to the limited number of workout and open-swim blocks available, customers can only register for one block per day at any Denver Recreation Centers or pool. Customers can reserve blocks on multiple days in one transaction. 

How do I reserve space at a pool?
Eight outdoor pools will open beginning June 7, 2021. Reservations for open swim blocks will open May 31 and can be made up to 7 days in advance online.  Reservations will be available for lap swim, open swim, and aqua fitness classes. Customers are limited to one session per day. Capacity is TBD and will vary by location. Some indoor pools will open on August 16, 2021, after outdoor pools close. 

Can reservations be refunded?
Reservations for workout and open swim blocks, lap swim and aqua aerobics are not refundable or transferable.  

Can I get a refund for my pass from last year?
DPR pass holders were offered refunds at the end of 2020. For those that were not refunded, credits were issued to their household account which can be applied to any future activities, swim block, or workout block registration. Please contact PR_OnlineServiceCenter@denvergov.org for questions.


Safety

What protocols are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Denver Parks and Recreation is committed to the safety of our customers and staff with the following protocols in place at all facilities and program sites:

  • All customers must have an up-to-date account in ActiveNet for contact tracing purposes. 
  • When indoors, masks are required at all times for all customers and staffs.
  • Customers will be asked to verbally confirm they do not feel signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the building or participating in a program. 
  • Barriers will be used in areas where 6 feet cannot be maintained between staff and patrons.
  • Thorough disinfection will be completed between each workout block or program using EPA registered disinfectants.
  • Floor markers and signage have been placed to assist with physical distancing and customer flow. Hand sanitation and disinfection stations are available.
  • Touch dispensers (soap dispensers, paper towels, etc.) have been converted to touchless dispensers, where possible. 

What is the cleaning protocol?
Staff disinfect high-touch surfaces such as counters, doors and equipment as frequently as possible.  In between each workout block, the weight and cardio areas are closed for deep-cleaning and disinfection.  All customers are asked to wipe down equipment before and after use. 

All programs spaces are disinfected after each use by the instructors. The program center schedule includes in-depth cleaning and disinfection periodically. All participants are required to assist with disinfecting program spaces, equipment and materials after use.  

DPR uses a variety of products to clean and disinfect center and program sites. All products are EPA registered and included on their list of disinfectants that kill COVID-19. 

What is the check-in process?
Weight & Cardio/Outdoor Pools: Each location will have a designated area for customers to line up prior to their reserved time block.  Before entering the facility, customers will be asked to verbally confirm that they are not experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  

Program Centers/Swim lessons: Customers registered for programs will line up in a designated area and be asked to verbally confirm they are not experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the building. After proceeding to the activity location, instructors will take attendance for contact-tracing purposes. 

Why are the locker rooms closed? Can I change in the bathroom? 
Due to physical distancing requirements, locker rooms are currently closed. We ask customers to plan accordingly and come dressed and prepared to workout, bringing as few personal items into the center as possible. Depending on location, lockers or storage cubbies or baskets are available to use during your workout.  

Will there be additional ventilation?
To mitigate the possibility of airborne spread of COVID-19, DPR has made efforts to increase air flow throughout the building, including open doors and windows, and use of fans.  As a result, some buildings may be warmer or cooler than usual.  

What if desired equipment is unavailable?
Specific pieces of equipment are not available for reservation.  DPR will be enforcing 30-minute time limits on all machines. All pieces of equipment are first-come, first-served.

What if someone does not clean their equipment after using it?
All customers are asked to wipe down equipment before and after use. Additionally, DPR staff perform routine walk-throughs to monitor use and wipe down any unoccupied machines. Please notify DPR staff of any equipment that needs to be cleaned. 

Are masks required at pools?
Masks are required while indoors in the pool bathhouses. 


Groups

Are reservations available for birthday parties or daycare groups? 
Due to strict capacity limits, we are currently unable to accommodate large groups, including daycares and birthday parties. 

Are Recreation Center rentals available? 
Due to strict capacity limits, we can only accommodate a limited number of programs and activities through 2021. Recreation facility rentals are anticipated to be available again in 2022.  

 


Phased Reopening Schedule 

Beginning May 3:

The following services will be offered at a limited number of Denver Recreation Centers:

Workout Locations
Select recreation centers will provide access to weight and cardio rooms Monday - Friday:

Reservations:
Reservations are required for 1-hour workout blocks and cleaning will take place between each block. Workout block reservations can be made up to 7 days in advance, online or by phone. Only one workout block can be reserved per person, per day. Capacity varies by center.

Cost:
$2 per workout block.
Free for MY Denver, MY Denver Prime, SilverSneakers and Renew Active participants.
Payment can be made online or in-person. (non-refundable)

Group Program Locations

In-person programs will be offered Monday - Friday at select centers:

Registration:
Online registration opens April 26

Cost:
Prices vary by activity.


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MY Denver Card Activities

 The MY Denver Card program will offer out-of-school activities at the following centers, Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.:

  • Cook Park Recreation Center
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center

There is no cost to participate in MY Denver programs. Registration is not required, however, capacity is limited at each location.

Free Meal Locations

In partnership with the Office of Children's Affairs' Tasty Food Program, free meals are offered at the below recreation centers Monday - Friday 4:00-5:30 p.m.:

  • 5090 Broadway Recreation Center
  • Athmar Recreation Center
  • Atzlan Recreation Center
  • College View Recreation Center
  • Cook Park Recreation Center
  • Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
  • Harvard Gulch Recreation Center
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center
  • Johnson Recreation Center
  • Montbello Recreation Center
  • Montclair Recreation Center
  • Swansea Recreation Center

 

Beginning June 7:

Several more centers, pools and programs will be added to recreation services:

Workout Locations

Three additional centers will provide access to weight and cardio rooms Monday - Friday:

  • Athmar Recreation Center: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Montclair Recreation Center: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Rude Recreation Center: 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Reservations:
Reservations are required for 1-hour workout blocks and cleaning will take place between each block. Workout block reservations open May 31 and can be made up to 7 days in advance, online or by phone. Only one workout block can be reserved per person, per day. Capacity varies by center.

Cost:
$2 per workout block.
Free for MY Denver, MY Denver Prime, SilverSneakers and Renew Active participants.
Payment can be made online or in-person. (non-refundable)

Outdoor Pools

2021 Outdoor Pool Season:
June 7 - August 14

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 

  • Berkeley Park Outdoor Pool
  • Barnum Park Outdoor Pool
  • Cook Park Outdoor Pool
  • Globeville Outdoor Pool
  • Green Valley Ranch Outdoor Pool
  • Harvard Gulch Outdoor Pool
  • Harvey Park Outdoor Pool
  • Mestizo/Curtis Park Outdoor Pool

Reservations
Reservations are limited to one session per day. Capacity is TBD and will vary by location.

Open Swim Blocks
Two open swim blocks will be available for walk-up admission or reservation each day: 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. -and- 2:30-6:00 p.m.

Cost
$2 per swim block.
Free for MY Denver, MY Denver Prime, SilverSneakers and Renew Active participants.
Can be paid online or in-person. (non-refundable)

Swimming Lessons
Registration for group swim lessons open April 26. Schedule TBD.

More details will be added as they become available.

MY Denver Card Activities

 The MY Denver Card program will offer out-of-school activities at the following centers, Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.:

  • College View Recreation Center
  • Cook Park Recreation Center
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center
  • Johnson Recreation Center
  • La Alma Recreation Center

There is no cost to participate in MY Denver programs. Registration is not required, however, capacity is limited at each location.

Summer in the Parks Day Camp

Summer in the Parks youth day camp will be eight weeks, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Capacity is limited to 25 participants per site:

  • Aztlan
  • Barnum
  • Garfield Park
  • Harvey Park
  • Montbello
  • St. Charles
  • Swansea

Registration:
Online registration opens March 30

Cost:
$676 for all 8 weeks

Free Meal Locations

In partnership with the Office of Children's Affairs' Tasty Food Program, free meals will be offered at the below locations Monday - Friday, 4:00-5:30 p.m.:

  • Atzlan Recreation Center
  • Barnum Park
  • College View Recreation Center
  • Cook Park Recreation Center
  • Garfield Park
  • Globeville Outdoor Pool
  • Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center
  • Johnson Recreation Center
  • La Alma Recreation Center
  • Montbello Recreation Center
  • St. Charles Recreation Center
  • Swansea Recreation Center

    

Beginning August 16:

In addition to the locations and programs listed above, some indoor pools will reopen, and recreation centers will be added as fitness, program and meal sites:

Indoor Pools
  • Athmar Recreation Center
  • Carla Madison Recreation Center
  • Central Park Recreation Center
  • Glenarm Recreation Center
  • Montclair Recreation Center
  • Montbello Recreation Center
  • Rude Recreation Center
  • Scheitler Recreation Center

 

Workout Locations

Additional recreation centers will be designated as fitness sites, offering access to cardio and weight equipment: 

  • Central Park Recreation Center
  • Glenarm Recreation Center
  • Montbello Recreation Center
  • Scheitler Recreation Center
Group Program Locations

 Additional recreation centers will offer in-person programs by registration:

  • Aztlan Recreation Center
  • Barnum Recreation Center
  • Harvard Gulch Recreation Center
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center
  • St. Charles Recreation Center
  • Swansea Recreation Center

 

Free Meal Locations

In partnership with the Office of Children's Affairs' Tasty Food Program, free meals will be offered at the below recreation centers Monday - Friday 4:00-5:30 p.m.:

  • 5090 Broadway Recreation Center
  • Athmar Recreation Center
  • Atzlan Recreation Center
  • Barnum Recreation Center
  • College View Recreation Center
  • Cook Park Recreation Center
  • Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
  • Harvard Gulch Recreation Center
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center
  • Johnson Recreation Center
  • La Alma Recreation Center
  • Montbello Recreation Center
  • Montclair Recreation Center
  • St. Charles Recreation Center
  • Swansea Recreation Center

 

 

Quarter 4, 2021:

Ten remaining centers are anticipated to be activated (30 total) offering select services based on community needs. Details to be determined.