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June 15th will see Pools for Lap Swimming & Water Fitness Opening as well as Sports Fields for Sports Training and Boating & Sailing Camps at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park, you need to register for all.
June 15th will see Pools for Lap Swimming & Water Fitness Opening as well as Sports Fields for Sports Training and Boating & Sailing Camps at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park, you need to register for all. Photo: Lane swimming. Photo: use.

Coming June 15-20:
New Eases on Health Order for Summer Activities!

Jun 10, 2020


Ceylan Karasapan-Crow
Sourced directly from and   announcements

Starting now through in some cities June 15th and 20th, the Sonoma County Health Officer will make official a new Health Order schedule  that eases some public health restrictions on outdoor recreational activities,Modified Summer Camps to Meet COVID-19 Precautions and Expanded Sidewalk and Parklet Seating Programs for Restaurants. Recreation & Parks is excited to open recreational opportunities for our community! They are working quickly to implement the safety protocols required under the Health Order to open, as well as complete deferred maintenance at  parks and facilities and ensure appropriate staffing and regulations for camps and restaurants.

Recreation Facilities & Activities Opening Soon

Dog Parks: Opening Now
Parks crews are working to complete any maintenance deferred at the City’s dog parks during the COVID-19 emergency. It may take one to two weeks to complete this work at all of the City’s dog parks and each park will open as soon as the work is complete at that park. We appreciate your continued patience.

Pools for Lap Swimming & Water Fitness: Opening June 15th 
The County looks forward to reopening its City pools at Finley Aquatic Center and Ridgway Swim Center on June 15th! The 6/5 Health Order allows City pools to open for pre-registered lap swimmingfitness classes and day camps only. No open-access swimming is allowed.

Sports Fields for Sports Training: Apply June 15th
In accordance with the new Health Order, opportunities for sports training on City sports fields or turf areas will be provided to groups of up to 10 people from different households with a Sports Field permit only. Staff are working to create and implement this new permit process and applications will be accepted beginning June 15th at

Howarth Park boating. Photo:

Boating & Sailing Camps at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park: Starting June 15th
Register Here

Boat Rentals at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park: Opening June 20th
The Boathouse at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park will be open to the public for weekend boat rentals, reservations only, beginning June 20th. The City’s modified day camp programs will be utilizing the rental boats Monday thru Friday.

  • Reserve a Boat (Reservations begin 6/15)

Facilities & Activities to Remain Closed

  • Recreation swimming, swim lessons, pool rentals and birthday parties;
  • Tournaments, competitions, sport events and live audiences;
  • Groups areas, picnic sites, playgrounds, volleyball, handball, skate parks, RC track, horseshoe courts, bicycle pump track, amphitheaters, amusements, concessions, BBQs and drinking fountains.

Recreation & Parks Announces Modified Summer Camps to Meet COVID-19 Precautions

Girl Practicing Archery. Photo: SRcity.orgSUMMER DAZE DAY CAMP & CARE    Eight weekly sessions: June 15 – August 20
Mon – Thu, 8:30am-5:00pm
$190 SantaRosa Residents | $200 Non-Residents 
Two Locations: Howarth Park (630 Summerfield Rd) & Steele Lane Community Center (415 Steele Lane)

Parents, are you looking for a fun and safe summer experience for your 7-10-year-old? Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks is getting creative amid COVID-19 and offering a new summer program called Summer Daze Day Camp and Care. Join us this summer at Howarth Park or Steele Lane Community Center for arts, crafts, hiking, games, stories, movies, canoeing, archery and much more! Groups of up to 12 children, and staff assigned just to them, will stay together throughout the week. Family members remain together as well and may make one friend request. While fun is still the goal of this summer program, we will have fun safely with COVID-19 precautions firmly in place – including facial coverings as required, rigorous Sansitation and safe hygiene practices. We are closely following all CDC protocols and Sonoma County Health Orders to present these summer programs for our SantaRosa community.

SESSIONS  Themed activities make each session special!

Session 1: 6/15 – 6/18 "Western Week”
Session 2: 6/22 – 6/25 "Awesome Outer Space Week”
Session 3: 6/29 – 7/02 "Arctic Antics”
Session 4: 7/06 – 7/09 "Noble Knights and Dazzling Dragons”
Session 5: 7/13 – 7/16 "Dancing through The Decades”
Session 6: 7/20 – 7/23 “Cartooning Around”
Session 7:  7/27 – 7/30 “Big Top Circus”
Session 8: 8/03 – 8/06 “Robin Hood”
Session 9: 8/10 – 8/13 “Mystery”
Session 10: 8/17 – 8/20 “Jammin’ in Da Jungle”

Have questions? For more information on program procedures and safety precautions, please read our FAQs.

Limited space is available, please sign up today!

or call 707-543-3282 to register by phone

NEW Expanded Sidewalk and Parklet Seating Programs for Santa Rosa Restaurants

Side walk seating must follow county rules.The County has just launched the Open & Out business program to activate additional outdoor seating in the public right-of-way. The Open & Out program allows for additional outdoor space for dining and seating following safe social distancing guidelines. Local restaurateurs may expand their outdoor seating by applying online for a permit. The new parklet program is modeled after similar programs in cities such as San Francisco and San Jose and allows businesses to expand their service area into the parking area of the street following the guidelines in the City’s Parklet policy.
To create additional outdoor space the City will allow the use of public and private outdoor spaces such as sidewalks, private parking lots and public parking spaces as long as access and safety allows, to accommodate the reopening of on-site dining for Santa Rosa’s restaurants as allowed by the Sonoma County Public Health Orders.
  1. Temporary Sidewalk Seating on public and private sidewalks city wide.
    Allowable immediately assuming sidewalk width can accommodate, and criteria elements can be met.
  2. Parklet Pilot Program (use of curbside parking areas) on public streets and private parking lots city wide.
    Allowable immediately if criteria elements can be met.
  3. Temporary Closure and Programming of Fourth Street between B Street and E Street.
    Expected to start by June 26.

Additional Program Information, Requirements, and Considerations can be found at

Permit Submittal is simple and quick and should be submitted digitally through the City’s online encroachment permit submittal portal.

Questions may be directed to the Economic Development Division at  or 707-543-3080.

Checklist for Essential Businesses Preparing to Operate During Shelter In Place Order

The Sonoma County Health Officer’s modified Shelter in Place Health Order reduces Shelter-in-Place restrictions for a few industry areas. Several social distancing and hygiene requirements are a condition of reopening these essential business areas, and the City has created a checklist to help guide those businesses preparing to reopen in compliance with the Order.

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Social Distancing Protocol Signage for Posting in Business Facilities (for downloading)

The Sonoma County Public Health Officer’s amended Heath Order, which went into effect on May 23, now requires businesses to limit the number of people in the facility at any one time, require distancing in lines and face coverings inside, and provide multiple sanitizing measures. Additionally, many businesses are required to prepare and post “Social Distancing Protocol” signage at or near their entrances. The City of Santa Rosa has prepared the following sign to help essential businesses meet this new signage requirement.

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Parking and Curbside Pickup

To promote fast and easy curbside pickup for customers, short term parking spaces may be designated. If your business is offering retail or restaurant pickup in Downtown Santa Rosa or Railroad Square, you may request a parking space be designated as a 15-minute curbside pickup parking space by going here:

Request a Designated 15-Minute Curbside Pickup Parking Space



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