It is our mission at the Rifle Parks and Recreation Department “To put forth the highest level of parks, programs, facilities and services necessary to establish Rifle as the premier recreational community on the Western Slope.” To achieve this vision, Rifle residents voted to have a one-cent sales tax dedicated to parks & recreation in 2005. Rifle Parks and Recreation staff continues work to implement this initiative and provide quality facilities and programming to our community.
Since, Centennial Park, the crown Jewel of Rifle was conceived in 2005 and completed at the end of 2010. This park consists of historical information, water play area, sundial, amphitheater and a large open grass field. This park has been the recipient of four prestigious awards: 2011 Starburst Award from Colorado Lottery, 2011 CPRA Columbine Award for Park Design, 2011 Downtown Colorado Inc. Award for Best Downtown Park and 2011 Design Concepts Merit Award for Design. This park has been the venue for many new events in Rifle, including the very successful Centennial Concert Series and Market in 2012, as well as a Fall Festival, 2012 Tree Lighting Ceremony and many other private entity events. The park continues to be an icon of Rifle’s history and the hub for today’s arts and cultural events.
The largest park in Rifle is Deerfield Regional Park, which includes 4 softball fields, 2 baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, a playground, basketball courts and open space and is host to many tournaments throughout the year. A variety of improvements for Deerfield are planned to be made in the foreseeable future, creating a more community-friendly and inviting location, enhancing the quality of the park and the visitor’s experiences. South of Deerfield, Metro Park features the community swimming pool, batting cages, dirt BMX track and concrete action (skate) park. You can find a map of all parks and their descriptions on the City of Rifle website.
The recreation department offers youth sports leagues and classes throughout the year including soccer, baseball, softball, t-ball, flag football and basketball. During the summer months, residents can enjoy the Art Dague Pool & Waterslide and participate in swimming lessons, water aerobics and open swim. Rifle Parks and Recreation also offers various programs for adults, such as softball, volleyball and indoor soccer. The Recreation department works closely with the Rifle Senior Center to provide frequent recreational trips and dinner outings at a variety of restaurants in the valley.
In 2011, the City of Rifle in partnership with Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation has established the Rifle Fitness Center; A complete gym facility including various strength and exercise equipment. The Fitness Center along with Synergy Gymnastics Academy offers many Gymnastics programs for your child as well.
Many special events are hosted through Rifle Recreation, including BMX contests, educational events, trips and tours, basketball tournaments, Hershey Track and Field games, ski trips, free Community Concerts, Farmer’s Market, a Fall Festival, Holiday Celebration and more are offered to the community. A schedule and description of all the various activities and events can be found online. Rifle Recreation sends out a monthly update for everything happening at Rifle Recreation. To join the subscriber’s list, create an account at rifleco.org/recreation.
For more information visit www.rifleco.org or call us at (970) 665-6570. Get out and play!