Community-Based Recreation

Young girls dressed as folklorico dancers at a special event at San Ysidro Park.The City of Gilroy Recreation Division and the South County Youth Task Force (SCYTF) are committed to engaging disconnected youth and their families to social, recreational and educational programs to support and enhance their quality of life. The City of Gilroy partners with reputable organizations like Community Solutions and The Youth Alliance to offer free evening pro-social activities. Programs such as Positive Calles Late Night Gym and special internships are offered to provide targeted youth with positive alternatives and a safe environment. These free, non-traditional recreation programs focus on youth empowerment, supportive services, and culturally sensitive approaches.

Funding is provided through the City of Gilroy, the South County REACH and One Neighborhood Empowered (ONE) Projects, which are funded in part by the Board of State and Community Corrections’ California Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention Program. The City of Gilroy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or familial status in the administration of its programs or activities. The hearing impaired can reach us through the California Relay System at 7-1-1 or 800-735-2929.

For further information, view the Champions for Empowering Our Youth Description and the South County Youth Task Force, the South County REACH and ONE Projects.

Gilroy Youth Center

The Gilroy Youth Center is a free program for income eligible residents living in the incorporated areas of Gilroy. During the school year, the Gilroy Youth Center is an after school program during the school year and a day camp during the summer. Programming is held at the Cesar Chavez Gym, 227 IOOF Ave. 

Qualifying families must register their child at the City of Gilroy Recreation Division at 7351 Rosanna St. and complete a CDBG Gilroy Youth Scholarship Application. All information provided is confidential and is used to meet Federal grant audit requirements. Please submit the following documents as proof of income:

  • Free or reduced Lunch Eligibility
  • Section 8 (copy or voucher)
  • Enrollment in any government-assisted programs

The Gilroy Youth Center is funded through City of Gilroy Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The City of Gilroy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or familial status in the administration of its programs or activities. The hearing impaired can reach us through CA Relay System # 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2929 (English) and (800) 855-3000 (Spanish).

Community Classes at San Ysidro Community Center

Based on community input and interest, the City of Gilroy has developed and started to provide more programs and classes at San Ysidro Park. These classes/programs are free of cost and no advanced registration is required. Some of these programs are made possible by the Neighborhood Safety/Services unit. Registration will be required during the first visit. 

San Ysidro Community Center is located at 7700 Murray Avenue. Classes/programs are open to everyone in the community. Hours of operation are year-round. Classes are not offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 

IMG_0793Positive Calles (Streets) Late Night Gym

Late Night Gym consists of organized recreational activities, interactive games, fun field trips, homework assistance, community resources linkage and referrals, agency contacts and case management, accessible trained staff to problem solve and much more! 

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.

Program Supervisor
For questions pertaining to the any of these programs and classes, contact Community Coordinator Monica Gonzalez by email or by phone at (408) 422-7392.