Recreation Department

Status of Recreation Department Programs due to COVID-19

We hope you and your loved ones are well.  At this time, all non-essential city services are suspended until further notice in accordance with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Order.  All Recreation programs, classes and reservations have been suspended during this period, including the release of the summer guide. While parks remain open, playgrounds and dog parks are closed in accordance with direction from the County. Parks will remain open and visitors are encouraged to maintain adequate social distancing. We are hoping to provide the community with recreational opportunities soon. We do not have a date when nonessential city services will resume, but stay updated by connecting with us on Facebook, subscribe to our monthly Recreation Department email newsletter, or the monthly Senior Center newsletter.

If you have an urgent Recreation Department related message, please email us or call (408) 846-0460 and leave a message. This phone line will be checked every 48 hours and urgent items will be responded to during the shelter in place period. All other messages will be returned when city offices re-open.

In the meantime, visit Gilroy’s Virtual Recreation CenterKeep healthy and active!

We are working remotely to process hundreds of refunds from Spring classes and reservations that were cancelled due to COVID-19. Don’t be concerned if you haven’t received your refund yet; we are still processing them. Thank you for your patience.

Summer Aquatics Program
After months of carefully following and evaluating the evolving COVID-19 situation, the City of Gilroy Recreation Department has reached the difficult decision to cancel the Summer Aquatics Program. After ongoing conversations with local and regional public health authorities and Aquatics experts, as well as deep consideration by the City leadership team, it was determined that there are simply too many risks both known and unknown to operate our Aquatics Center this summer.

 This is an incredibly challenging time and we are deeply grateful for everyone who is part of the Aquatics program, including the Gilroy Unified School District, aquatics staff and Jr. Guard Volunteers, all of whom have rich history and connections to our program and community. For now, we are stronger together by staying apart. Stay home, stay healthy and check out our Virtual Recreation Center for fun at-home ideas. 

If you have any questions, please email us or call Recreation Department office at (408) 846-0460.

Food Resources
The Recreation Department is assisting with food distribution at the following locations:

  • Box Lunches for Seniors on Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna Street
  • Breakfast and Lunch for Gilroy Children on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 to 2:00pm at San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray Avenue. Children do not need to be present to receive food, adults can pick up the food on behalf of their children under the age of 18. Monday meal bags will contain meals through Wednesday morning. Wednesday meal bags will contain meals through Friday morning. Friday meal bags will contain meals through Monday morning. Meals will be served until June 10, 2020.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank Brown Bag Drive-thru Program on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:00 to 10:00am at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St.
  • Free Meals for All Ages on Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:00pm at Cesar Chavez Gym, 227 I.O.O.F. Avenue. You can drive-thru or walk up to pick up meals for you and your family. Program begins May 30th. 

The City of Gilroy has put together a list of Food and Meal Resources which includes links to the Gilroy Farmer’s Market, Gilroy restaurants, GUSD food resources and a map of food distribution sites in Santa Clara County. Once you click on the link, scroll down and you will find these resources.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Visit the City of Gilroy Covid-19 communication page to find information including the status of City services, answers to frequently asked questions, the shelter in place order and ways to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe during this time. This page is actively updated by the City of Gilroy with dates and times of the last posting.

For Santa Clara County information related to COVID-19, please call 211 or go to their website.  

Gilroy Youth Center group photo during summer.Community-based Recreation

The Recreation Department is committed to engaging high-risk youth and their families to social, recreational and educational programs that support and enhance their quality of life through Community-Based Recreation.

Gilroy Youth Center
The Gilroy Youth Center is a free program for income eligible residents living in the incorporated areas of Gilroy. Qualifying families must complete a CDBG Gilroy Youth Scholarship Application. An in-person Summer Day Camp will be held from Monday - Thursday, June 29 through August 6 from 12:30 to 5:00pm. There are 12 spots available in each session. Programming is held at the Cesar Chavez Gym, 277 IOOF Ave., Gilroy. Camp is run in compliance with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order. Only complete applications with supporting documentation will be considered.

For more information regarding the Gilroy Youth Center, contact Recreation Specialist Basillio Diego by email or at (669) 888-5214.

Community Classes at San Ysidro Community Center
San Ysidro Community Center is located at 7700 Murray Avenue. Classes and programs are open to the community and are posted on the San Ysidro Nueva Vida monthly activity calendar. Hours of operation are year-round; classes are not offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. These programs are on hold until further notice due to the Santa Clara County Public Health Orders.

Positive Calles Late Night Gym
Late Night Gym is held every Tuesday, 5:30 to 8:30pm at Wheeler Center. Gym, 250 W. Sixth Street. Late Night Gym is closed the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. This program is on hold until further notice due to the Santa Clara County Public Health Orders.

South County Youth Task Force (SCYTF)
The SCYTF was created to address the effects of violence and gangs on our youth and in our community. The City of Gilroy and the SCYTF are committed to reaching youth where they are and provide safe and healthy opportunities for recreation and engagement, free of gangs and crime, to help them thrive in our community.

For more information about Community-based Recreation or the SCYTF, please contact Community Coordinator Monica Gonzalez by email or at (408) 710-3133.

Contact Us:

7351 Rosanna St.,Gilroy, CA  95020
Ph: 408-846-0460 / Recreation Email

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Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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