Community Services / Parks & Recreation

The Community Services Department is responsible for managing the City’s parks, open space areas, and recreation facilities and for providing quality, affordable recreational opportunities for residents of all ages! For the most updated information on special events, community classes, senior programming, please follow us on Facebook.
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Sonoma County’s public health officer has ordered expanded access to parks.

The County of Sonoma Public Health Officer further loosened restrictions around park and open space use, as of May 13, 2020, here’s how that will impact Healdsburg parks and open spaces.

Health order (No. C19-11) allows residents to drive to inland parks and provides more options for outdoor exercise while sheltering near home. These restrictions are ordered to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission in the community, prevent unsafe crowding in parks and support the shelter-in-place mandate.

Please remember that parks are not open like they were pre-COVID-19. We are still in a shelter-at-home situation. Because of the #coronavirus, please be considerate of your neighbors: Physical distancing is still required and you still need to wear a face mask if you can’t keep at least six feet away from other people within our public spaces.


- You can drive to our parks and open spaces
- The following facilities will open for individual/household uses:
- Tennis and pickleball courts
- Volleyball courts
- Bocce ball and horseshoe courts
- Basketball courts
- River access for kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding
- Skate Park: we will monitor for social distancing and close if needed
- Sports fields
- Park benches
- Playgrounds and play structures
- Dog parks


- Restrooms
- Organized sports
- Individual and group picnic sites

Loosening restrictions on public access to parks and open spaces allows residents to enjoy our outdoor spaces without resulting in the crowding and virus transmission risks that led to the parks being closed in the first place.

For more detailed information one which parks will be re-opening and which areas are still closed, please visit our COVID-19 Parks & Open Spaces page. For more info on the latest Parks Order from Sonoma County, please visit SoCoEmergency

The City has suspended or altered the following programs and services in alignment with the County Health Order:

Parks and recreation classes, activities, camps, and sports programs  
•Operations at the Healdsburg Community Center, Healdsburg Senior Center, and the Swim Center
• Special event permits, park permits, and picnic reservations
• Rentals and meetings at the Community Center and Senior Center

This decision comes after guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom and  the Sonoma County Health Officer's Shelter in place orders.

During this time staff will be available by phone and email:

• Senior Center: 707-431-3324,
• Community Center/Community Services: 707-431-3301,
• Villa Chanticleer: 707-318-9925,

For the full text of the Public Health Order, please visit this link: Sonoma County’s Regional Stay-Home Order extended

We will continue to update you as this situation evolves.  For the most current information, please follow us on Facebook.

REC at Home

An online resource of indoor activities for all ages! While nothing compares with getting outside and enjoying nature, fresh air, and enjoying public parks, indoors can be a safe space for learning, fun, and staying active too! 

Do You Know How Your Parks & Recreation Programs are Paid For?

Your Community Services Department is supported by program fees and Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) paid by visitors to Healdsburg who stay in the City's hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts. Of the 12% tax paid on the nightly room rate, 2% goes to the general fund for public safety and 10% goes to support your parks, senior center, community center and recreation programs. No general fund money is used to fund this department.