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The City of Sacramento has 415,000 residents with more than a million persons living in the Greater Metropolitan Sacramento Area. The Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to providing quality programs and facilities for residents and visitors to our State Capitol. We believe recreation and leisure activities are essential to personal growth, positive self-esteem and relaxation. Our parks, open space, urban forest and rivers are an integral part of our community identity. The following information will provide an overview for users and participants.

Swim Lessons and Aquatics Programs

Swim lessons and other programs such as public swim, lap swim, water aerobics, swim team and junior lifeguard are offered at City of Sacramento-operated pools during the summer season. Programs are offered spring, summer and fall at the Pannell Meadowview Recreational Swimming Pool and Natomas High School Pool. You can browse and register online for the summer season's swim lessons.

Special Interest Leisure Courses

Special interest leisure courses are fee programs offered at centers, parks and other sites. Registration is taken on a first come, first serve.

Payment is due at the time of registration. Brochures are printed 3 times a year. See the current Recreation and Community Programs Brochure for a complete list of special interest courses being offered this season, or you can browse courses online.

Children’s Services

Children’s Services program include both fee-based and free programs at centers, parks and other sites for youth ages 6-12. Different programs use different registration processes; payment is due at the time of registration for fee programs. Program information is available online in a text format and PDF brochures.

Special Event Permits

The City of Sacramento is eager to have you celebrate your special event here. Events that impact the public-right-of-way, even if the event site is on private property, may require approvals by multiple agencies. A non-refundable processing fee is required at the time you submit your application. For events with attendance of 500, or less the application fee is $25, for events with over 500 participants the fee is $100. Additional fees and deposits may be charged by other approved agencies. All forms and instructions are online in PDF format, along with reference phone numbers.

Also see Block Party Planning and Instructions. For more information, please call (916) 808-7888.

Center Reservations

Recreation and community centers have rooms that will accommodate events for up to 300 guests. Amenities at some of the sites include kitchens, public address systems, and stages. All sites have tables and chairs available for a variety of seating configurations. Staff will assist you with insurance and security needs, as well as recommend physical arrangements to meet your event size. Online you will find specifics on fees, rooms, and amenities available at each center, along with the reservation form and user information guide.

Special Events at City Parks and Recreation Centers

Take a look at our online seachable special events calendar for community events. Remember, not all events offered at city parks and recreation centers are sponsored or co-sponsored by the City of Sacramento; many are put on by groups or individuals who rent our facilities.

Learn More about Camp Sacramento

See the Camp Sacramento web site for detailed information including fees, dates and registration information.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register and to participate. If you have specific access needs in order to participate in a program, please call 808-6060. The city is committed to providing program access in terms of modifications to policies and procedures, accessible locations, and effective communication for program participants unless they constitute a fundamental alteration or an undue financial and administrative burdens. A two-week notice is required to assure that arrangements can be made. Please contact us through the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2929, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, and provide the operator with the following phone number: 808-6060. For information on Department sports and recreation programs for persons with disabilities see the Access Leisure web site.


To send us your comments on Parks and Recreation services, use the online Programs and Services Form. This form can also be used for submitting questions about department programs. For comments on this web site, including broken links, use the online Web Site Feedback form.

Park Reservations

City parks are a favorite place for special events, family get-togethers and office outings. A park reservation is required for groups larger than 50, but is still recommended for smaller groups if you want to ensure park availability on a certain date.

Online you will find reservation forms and detailed user guidelines, along with detailed amenity guides for our most popular parks. The online amenity guides include detailed information on reservable group picnic areas.