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Parks & Recreation

Posted on: May 1, 2020



All Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation facilities remain closed until further notice. We are gathering information from the state, county and city to lead discussions and make decisions about plans moving forward. We will communicate updates as they become available.

This includes:

  • Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
  • Active Adult Center
  • Anderson Building
  • Historic Park buildings

Anderson Pool will not open Memorial Day weekend as originally planned. A decision about whether or not the pool will open later in the summer for a partial season will be made later in May - stay tuned.

All facility, park and field rentals are cancelled through June. Stay tuned to find out if rentals will become available again later this summer.

Summer Guide & Programs
We have decided cancel the printing and mailing of a summer guide this year due to the inability to offer many of our summer programs.

Instead we will communicate upcoming available programs via our monthly e-newsletter. Sign up at 

Preschool & Summer Camp
Understanding there’s a need for childcare for kids whose parents are returning to work, our licensed preschool and summer camp programs have been deemed essential and will be operating this summer under strict new guidelines. These programs will take place at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, which at this point will only open to these two programs. Staff are working closely with state licensing to implement new policies and protocols to maintain a safe environment for children enrolled. Details coming soon!

Outdoor Summer Programs
We are transitioning as many programs as possible to outdoor park locations and limiting enrollment to 9 participants per class (plus 1 instructor = 10) to align with guidelines regarding group gatherings and social distancing. 

Outdoor programs will available to view and registration for online Monday, May 11 at 8:00am

At Home Virtual Personal Training
Information coming soon!

Virtual Rec Center
Check out our Virtual Rec Center page at for free resources, activities, pre-recorded classes, and upcoming live streaming classes. Content will be updated daily, so check back often to see what’s new!

Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Parks & Recreation like many other businesses and organizations is experiencing a dramatic loss of revenue. Members of the community have inquired about how they can continue to support Parks & Recreation programs and services during this time, so the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation has setup a donation account for this purpose. If you are able to, we encourage you to make a donation at  

Parks, Trails & Open Spaces
Our parks, trails and open spaces remain open with the following restrictions:

  • Amenities within parks that could be considered public gathering places are closed. This includes: playgrounds, basketball and tennis/pickleball courts, the skate park, pavilions/picnic shelters, etc.
  • Clear Creek is closed to all water activities including gold panning.
  • The dog park at Fruitdale Park remains open. Our parks team is frequently disinfecting the gates and other surfaces at the park to help keep everyone healthy and safe. Please take necessary precautions and act responsibly when visiting the dog park.
  • When visiting parks, always practice social distancing. It’s recommended to not touch surfaces on which the virus can live and if you do, please use proper handwashing techniques or use hand sanitizer. Even though you are outside, please keep the community safe by following the same guidelines as other public spaces:
    • If you are sick, do not visit parks and public areas
    • Practice social distancing, even in parks and on trails
    • We expect all park visitors to adhere to public health guidelines and NOT gather in groups larger than 4 until further notice
    • Bring your own hand washing supplies and/or hand sanitizer
    • Bring your own drinking water
    • High-risk individuals should use discretion and/or follow the recommendations of your health care provider for visiting parks and outdoor spaces

Essential staff continue working at our parks and facilities to maintain these spaces. Staff are complying with public health guidelines regarding staff reductions and alternating shifts, and are practicing social distancing and hygiene protocols while working. In addition to keeping yourselves and the community safe, please also consider staff who are maintaining our parks, trails and open spaces so that you and your family can continue to get outside and enjoy these places. In addition to following the above guidelines, please also:

  • Leave no trace, pack out what you bring in
  • Utilize trash receptacles
  • Always keep your dog on leash
  • Pick up your dog’s waste and dispose of it in a trash receptacle


As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

We look forward to the day when we can resume normal operations and see you all again. Until then, stay well!

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