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 other local partners 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 THRIVES Project, which is funded in part by the Board of State and Community Corrections’ California Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention Program and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. 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.

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 7371 Hanna Street 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).

Late Night Gym (ages 13-19)

Come to a safe space to play sports, work out and enjoy other fun games, activities, music! A variety of community resources and workshops will be made available each month. Late Night Gym is on Friday nights at Wheeler Gym from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Register online to participate in this program. COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly enforced.

Late Night Gym is offered in partnership with the South County Youth Task Force, Empowering Our Community For Success, City of Gilroy Recreation, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

For further information, please email Jose Dominguez or call Jose at (669) 400-6752 or email Sandra Cruz or call Sandra at (408) 500-5034.

Community Classes at San Ysidro Park and Cesar Chavez Gym

Based on community input and interest, the City of Gilroy has developed and is providing 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.

Cesar Chavez Gym is located at 227 IOOF Ave. Current class offerings include Danza Azteca on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Open Gym Soccer on Fridays from 6:00-7:30pm and Volleyball on Saturdays from 6:00-8:00pm. These classes are free. Click here for the monthly calendar.

Program Supervisor

For questions pertaining to the any of these Community-based Recreation programs and classes, email Community Coordinator Monica Gonzalez or call (408) 422-7392.