Recreation Center Reopening

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is pleased to announce a phased reopening of Denver Recreation Centers, pools, registered programs and additional activities beginning spring 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 as they become available.

Beginning May 3:

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

Weight & Cardio Rooms

Select recreation centers will provide access to weight and cardio rooms Monday - Friday:
  • 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.

Reservations:
Reservations are required for 1-hour workout blocks and cleaning will take place between each block. Workout block reservations open April 26 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)

Registered Programs

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

  • Cook Park Recreation Center: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr. 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.

Registration:
Online registration opens April 26

Cost:
Prices vary by activity.

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.

Meal Sites

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
  • 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
  • Swansea Recreation Center

Youth Sports Camps

This multi-sport camp will offer an opportunity to experience baseball, softball, volleyball, flag football and soccer. Each week, participants will engage in sport-specific drills and activities to develop new skills, be safe and have fun!

Find full details and register

 

Beginning June 7:

Additional centers, pools and programs will be added to DPR's offerings:

Weight & Cardio Rooms

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 for 90-minute swim blocks will open May 31 and be available for lap swim, open swim and aqua fitness classes. Reservations are limited to one session per day. Capacity is TBD and will vary by location.

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.

Summer in the Parks

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

Sports Camps

Registration for youth sports camps will open April 26. Days and times, price and capacity will vary by activity and location:

  • Lowry Sports Complex
  • Parkfield Lake Park
  • College View Park
  • Valverde Park

Schedule TBD.

Meal Sites

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:

Some indoor pools will reopen, and additional 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

 

Fitness

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

Registered Programs

 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

 

Meal Sites

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:

  • 5090 Broadway Recreation Center
  • Twentieth Street Recreation Center
  • Ashland Recreation Center
  • College View Recreation Center
  • Johnson Recreation Center
  • La Alma Recreation Center
  • La Familia Recreation Center
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
  • Southwest Recreation Center
  • Washington Park Recreation Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have centers not opened? 

DPR has been without approx. 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 the operations of other city agencies.

When will Learning Labs close?

Learning Labs hosted at recreation centers will close with the end of the DPS school year, currently scheduled for May 27, 2021.

How is the decision being made on what opens first?

Decisions regarding our reopening plan were guided by equity and considering neighborhoods of greatest need along with current staffing limitations. Services have been spread throughout the city to maximize reach while on-call staff are recruited, rehired, and trained.

Will virtual programming continue?

Virtual programing will continue until further notice. Schedules will vary through the remainder of 2021, based on instructor opportunities as we onboard on-call staff and fill other staffing gaps.

When will gyms and sport courts open?

Indoor gymnasiums and sport courts will remain closed until further notice.

My organization used to use recreation centers for our activities. When can we return?

Recreation facility rentals will be reinstated in 2022. 

Will facility rentals be available?

Recreation facility rentals will be reinstated in 2022.