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James F. Teixeira
Director of Parks & Recreation

Email: Parks & Recreation
Classes: 408-615-3140
Events: 408-615-3140
Seniors: 408-615-3170
Rentals: 408-615-3140
Field Rentals: 408-615-3160
Pools: 408-615-3140
Junior Theatre: 408-615-3161
Dog Park: 408-615-3144
Administration: 408-615-2260
Fax: 408-260-9719

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 12:00P, 1:00P - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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Will the City close any parks due to the drought?
A:
No, the City is not closing any parks due to drought.

The Parks & Recreation Department receives its water from  the City of Santa Clara Water Utility, both potable and recycled. The City Water System’s sources include local underground aquifer from 27 City wells (62%), imported supply from two wholesale water suppliers (25%), and recycled water from the San Jose/ Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant for irrigation purposes. This third source makes up about 13% of the water used citywide and a significant portion of the water used by the City Parks system  (about 60% city wide). Recycled water offsets the use of potable water and helps conserve our potable water for drinking and household uses.

In addition, the Parks & Recreation Department has instituted best practices for water conservation regardless of source (potable or recycled) by irrigating at night, reducing water consumption by reducing time of flow on our clocks, and/or turning off unnecessary valves to established vegetation, using mulch to conserve soil moisture, and planting native drought tolerant plants when/where appropriate. The department also rebuilds valves in showers and restrooms to reduce the likelihood of water waste, and has installed low flow devices for sinks and toilets. The City will periodically review it's practices to be sure we are adjusting to any recommended changes, best practices, or new policy mandates.
Where can I find results from the Parks & Recreation survey completed spring 2014?
A:

The recent public opinion research telephone survey was conducted by Strategic Research Associates on behalf of Parks & Recreation Department to provide statistical feedback from residents related to questions about the International Swim Center-International Swimming Hall of Fame, the New Housing Development Impact Fee Ordinance, and the Youth Sports Complex feasibility study, as well as other demographic and park system questions.

Click here for more information.

Additional synopsis of results and graphic summary available here.

What does the YAC offer during the summer?
A:

Your summer will be packed from beginning to end with outrageous fun, sports, weekly field trips, excursions to Warburton Pool, and sports-related arts & crafts projects!

Sports Camps– Co-ed, ages 5-13 years

  • Sport Adventure Camp is for participants 5 – 7 years
  • Sports Jam Camp is for participants 8 – 10 years
  • Sport Escape Camp is for participants 11- 13 years
  • Registration is by the week. You can register for all weeks of camp or just the weeks that fit your needs. Pre-registration is encouraged, as camps fill up quickly.
  • Sports Camp hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
  • Morning care: 7:30 am – 9 am (pre-registration required)
  • Free After Camp Care*: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Friday
  • Unless otherwise specified, campers bring their lunch each day.
  • Campers are given a newsletter at the end of the first day. The newsletter lists what the camp will be doing each day that week.
  • Weekly activities include a swim day and a field trip.
  • Registration fees include supervision, field trip admission, bus transportation, and a camp t-shirt.

*After camp program is also open for drop in for participants with Resident Youth Cards.

For more information on classes, check out the current Recreation Activities Guide.

What programs are offered at the YAC?
A:
The Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center (YAC) offers various recreation programs for Santa Clara youth: classes, After School Program , Open Gym, Sports Campsskate park , and special events.  A Resident Youth Card is required to participate in the after school program  and skate park.
What is a Resident Youth Card/YAC Card? How do I get one?
A:

A Resident Youth Card (YAC Card) is a photo ID that participants use to check in and out of programs at the YAC, Teen Center, and Skate Park.

  1. Obtain a Resident Youth Card Registration packet from the YAC, Teen Center, or online .
  2. Parent reviews the Behavior Standard and Discipline Plan with their child. Parent signs the liability release and behavioral agreement. All participants sign the behavioral agreement, and those older than 13 also sign the liability release.
  3. Application is submitted in person to the YAC with proof of Santa Clara residency.
  4. Once fee is paid, the participant’s photo is taken and a Resident Youth Card is issued.
  5. Resident Youth Cards are valid for one year, August through the following July. Cards must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. The first Resident Youth Card costs $5.00. Replacement cards cost $2.00 for the second, $3.00 for the third, $4.00 for the fourth, etc.
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Contact Us

James F. Teixeira
Director of Parks & Recreation

Email: Parks & Recreation
Classes: 408-615-3140
Events: 408-615-3140
Seniors: 408-615-3170
Rentals: 408-615-3140
Field Rentals: 408-615-3160
Pools: 408-615-3140
Junior Theatre: 408-615-3161
Dog Park: 408-615-3144
Administration: 408-615-2260
Fax: 408-260-9719

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 12:00P, 1:00P - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for managing the City's parks and recreation activities as well as the operations of the City owned cemetery. The Parks & Recreation divisions are supported by funds derived from the General Fund and other revenues collected for special recreation programs and services.

In addition to maintaining and programming the various parks and recreation facilities, the divisions work cooperatively with public agencies (schools, churches, youth agencies, Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Veteran's Memorial, service clubs, etc.), in coordinating all leisure services within the City.

Parks & Playgrounds Division

The Parks & Playgrounds Division is responsible for operating and maintaining the City's park areas. Facilities include picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields, soccer parks, swimming pools, neighborhood park buildings, as well as the Senior, Community Recreation, Teen, and Youth activities centers.

Recreation Division

A wide variety of community recreation programs are offered in sports, fitness, the arts, day camp, and many special interest areas. Programs range from family participation, to special groups relating to age, ability level, and special needs. The Parks and Recreation Department also hosts several special events throughout the year for the public to enjoy.

The Recreation Division administers the activities at five City-owned pools (George F. Haines International Swim Center, Warburton Swim Center, Mary Gomez Pool, Montague Swim Center, and the Senior Center Natatorium). In addition to regular recreation swimming, instructional swim lessons in beginning, intermediate, and advanced skills are offered to approximately 4,000 children and adults. The pools are also used for synchronized swimming, competitive swimming and diving meets, and swim activities for seniors and for the disabled.

An extensive Senior Center is also administered by the Department and is the scene for many social and cultural activities as well as a variety of recreation classes and programs for adults 50 years and over.

The Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center offers classes, an after school program, and special events to meet the needs of Santa Clara youth.

 The Teen Center offers students in 8th through 12th grade a place to hang out, take classes, and participate in special activities geared to the teen population. Scholarships are available for Residents and Youth Sports teams in Santa Clara.

Cemetery Division

The functions of the Cemetery Division are to design, develop and maintain the various facilities assigned. Assistance is rendered to all local citizens, customers, visitors and others doing business at the City's cemetery. Permanent records are kept for all business conducted.

Included in the services the Division provides are the sale of graves, crypts and niches for interments, the layout of all grave spaces in new plots, the receipt and deposit of payments with the City Revenue Collection office (in the Finance Department), maintain and keep up-to-date the appropriate fees charged by the cemetery and the promotion and development of a well-rounded public relations program on behalf of the division.

Last updated: 7/1/2014 1:11:52 PM