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.

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.


Signing Up

What is the cost to use facilities or participate in programs?
The entrance fee is $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 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.

How do I enroll in a free membership?
Those who are eligible for MY Denver PrimeSilverSneakers or Renew Active memberships can sign up at open recreation centers, Monday through Friday. 

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. 
  • Thorough disinfection will be completed between each workout block or program using EPA registered disinfectants.
  • 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.  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. 

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. 


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 June 7:

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

Workout Locations

Centers will provide access to weight and cardio rooms, gymnasiums, and locker 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 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Cook Park Recreation Center: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Highland Recreation Center: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Platt Park Recreation Center: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Carla Madison Recreation Center: 12:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Eisenhower Recreation Center: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center: 12:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Outdoor Pools

2021 Outdoor Pool Season:
June 7 - August 14

  • 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

Additional pools will open June 14 for the remainder of the season:

  • Aztlan Outdoor Pool
  • Eisenhower Outdoor Pool
  • Swansea Outdoor Pool

View schedules & learn more

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


Read the press release

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:

Additional Center Openings

 Additional recreation centers will open access to weight and cardio areas along with gymnasiums and locker rooms:

  • Aztlan Recreation Center
  • Barnum Recreation Center
  • Harvard Gulch Recreation Center
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center
  • St. Charles Recreation Center
  • Swansea Recreation Center
  • Central Park Recreation Center
  • Glenarm Recreation Center
  • Montbello Recreation Center
  • Scheitler Recreation Center

 

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

 

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.