About Parks & Recreation

Our Mission

To provide community through people, parks, and programs.


The Parks and Recreation Department oversees all recreational programs, classes, aquatics, Riverbank Teen Center, Cardozo Gymnasium (rentals) and special events. The department also maintains park maintenance and city building maintenance.

Annual events include Cheese and Wine Festival, Haunted Halloween Hayride, and Christmas Parade.


There are currently 15 city parks that our Parks Division maintains including the new Plaza Del Rio Park. Countryside Park will be our 16th park to be completed toward the middle of 2022. Our Parks Division consists of 4 full time workers, 4 part time weekend park aides and 2 volunteer park hosts.


Our Building Maintenance staff consists of one full time worker that maintains the City Hall buildings, Sheriff's Department, Public Works buildings, Community Center and Scout Hall. We employ one part time maintenance worker to work on weekends for facility rentals and mid week for facility set ups and take downs for various groups.

Additional Duties

The Recreation Department oversees the Youth and Teen Committee which is a group that assists the staff in developing programs for youth and teens in the community. The Teen Center is now open for teens to go and have fun!

Facility use and park and field reservations are handled under the Recreation Department. This includes scheduling, collecting fees, securing agreements, assignments of site monitors and custodial services. The department works closely with local organizations and clubs on facility use and with the local sports organizations for field reservations.

The department oversees park development and serves as a liaison between the Friends of Jacob Myers Park and the city. Grant writing and park master plan development and implementation are responsibilities of the Parks and Recreation Department. The Recreation Department represents the city in the Stanislaus Elder Abuse Alliance, the Rio Altura Healthy Start Collaborative, and District V of the California Parks and Recreation Society.

Detailed information about all of our programs are available on this website. Activity Guides are also available at City Hall North (6707 3rd Street Suite C) and the local library.