In-person recreation programs are operating with safety protocols in place. Visit us online to view classes that are open for registration. Picnic and field reservations at city parks are available. To make a reservation, you can email Recreation or call us at 408-846-0460.
Parks and playgrounds are open and visitors are encouraged to wear a mask, maintain adequate social distancing, and wash or sanitize your hands before and after your visit. We are exited to be able to expand programming this Fall and want to keep our participants and instructors safe and programs operating. On Monday, August 2, 2021, The County of Santa Clara issued a mandate requiring a well-fitting mask indoors in public settings. this means, regardless of your vaccination status, instructors, participants and spectators must wear face coverings indoors when attending Gilroy Recreation programs. We will let you know when this mandate has been lifted. Thank you for your cooperation.
Gilroy Youth Center
The Recreation Division 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.
The Gilroy Youth Center is a free program for income eligible residents living in the incorporated areas of Gilroy. The Gilroy Youth Center operates 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 and complete a CDBG Gilroy Youth Scholarship Application. All information is confidential and is used to meet Federal grant audit requirements.
The Recreation Division is assisting with FREE food distribution at the following locations:
- Box Lunches to go for Seniors on Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna Street. Drive-thru to pick up your lunch.
- 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 Library, 350 W 6th Street.
- Free Groceries at San Ysidro Park through Second Harvest Food Bank on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4:00 to 6:00pm. San Ysidro Park is located at 7700 Murray Avenue.
To optimize the delivery of recreation services, the City hired PROS Consulting in fall 2019 for the development of a Facility and Program Needs Assessment. With support from the Mt. Madonna YMCA for the community survey, this Assessment included a robust community engagement process and market research to identify current and future resident needs related to recreation programs and facilities. The research is used in tandem with industry knowledge and an internal assessment to determine strategic priorities for advancing the Recreation Division’s operations and increasing access to quality recreation in the City.