Parks, Recreation & Neighborhoods

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Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the directive that came out of the Stanislaus County Health Office,  City Hall will open to the public beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.  

Additionally, we will continue to accept park and facility reservations. Applications are currently begin accepted for events on or after June 21, 2020.  Reservations can be made via email at or in-person.  The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Office will be closed for lunch, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

For the time being, Community Centers, McHenry Museum, McHenry Mansion, Mary Grogan Soccer Complex, Modesto Center Plaza and all recreation programs will remain closed.

To access important information you are always welcome to contact us via telephone or email, visit our website, utilize GoModesto, the Virtual Recreation Center and social media. 

Playgrounds and activities with shared equipment may be engaged by members of the same household only.  Please continue to maintain social distancing with non-household members. 

During this time we encourage adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, such as social distancing and staying at home when possible.  

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department  

The dedicated employees of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department can be found throughout the community.  We are the people who plan, develop and rent parks and facilities throughout the City. We plan programming for all residents, young, old and in-between. We coordinate and register you for sports programs, such as: Adult Softball, Jr. Giants and swim lessons.

We manage and recruit volunteers for special events and city-wide clean-ups, such as: Love Modesto and trail maintenance. We partner with local neighborhoods and businesses to better the community and leverage assets, such as: Modesto Band of Stanislaus County (MoBand) and Modesto City Schools. We run programming at remote sites, such as: Maddux Youth Center, Neighborhood Center at Marshal Park and the Senior Citizen’s Center. We pride ourselves in creating community through people, parks and programs.

Through the department’s divisions, a service delivery system has been established that reflects the City Council’s strategic plan. We strive to meet and exceed the open space and recreation needs and address the priorities of the community. Programs and services are continually evaluated and modified to address the changing needs and desires of Modesto’s residents and visitors.


  1. The City implemented a 2.4% Service Fee for all credit card payments effective September 1, 2017.  Persons paying in person or online will be charged this fee for most payments collected.

    You will not be charged this fee when paying for a utility service with the City of Modesto.

  1. Virtual Recreation Center

    The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Department has launched a Virtual Recreation Center full of fun links, workouts, crafts, educational activities and more, all completely free! Read on...
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