Parks, Recreation & Neighborhoods

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Parks and Recreation Update

Youth Commission

The City of Modesto Youth Commission is now accepting applications!  In order to be considered as a Youth Commissioner for the 2022-2023 school year, Modesto area high school students should submit a completed application by September 16th, 2022.  Applications received after September 16th will stay on file for the remainder of the school year if a commissioner spot becomes available. For more information please visit the Youth Commission page.

  • Apply online for the Youth Commission
  • Applications close September 14, 2022

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 Marshall 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. Family Movies in Marshall Park

    Free Family Movies in the Park continue at Marshall Park! Read on...
  2. Fall Activity Guide Now Available

    Checkout our Fall Activity Guide to see programs and activities for all ages. Registration now open. Read on...
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Title II Compliance 

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) of 1990, the Fair Employment & Housing Act (“FEHA”), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), Government Code section 11135 and other applicable codes, the City of Modesto (“City”) will not discriminate against individuals on the basis of disability in the City’s services, programs, or activities.  For more information, please visit the City of Modesto website.