April 2023 rECnews

Here's what's ahead...

  • Announcements: Pool Construction Update, Summer Activities rECguide
  • Youth Programs & Services: 23-24 Afterschool Childcare Registration, ASEP Session 3 Enrollment, Off the Block STEM Spring Break Camp, Summer Camps
  • Adults & Senior Services: Line Dance Special Event, Pottery Classes, Pickleball Lessons
  • Aquatics: Splash Park Closure, Summer Swim Lesson Registration


Save the date! Summer registration for youth, adult, and senior programs as well as swim lessons opens ONLINE at 9:00am on Tuesday, 5/2 for El Cerrito Residents and Wednesday, 5/3 for Non-Residents. All programs require advance online registration including payment of fees (except for drop-in programs). The rECguide with program details, schedules, and fees will available online as well as mailed to residents and neighbors in late April. To register for a program, visit www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg.


Registration for the 2023-24 school year will open ONLINE ONLY at 9:00am on Tuesday, April 11th. Registration is a multiple step process, and more details are available using the link below. To register and pay the registration fee on or after April 11th, you will need an account with the Recreation Department.

If you do not have an account, you'll need to create one in our online registration system: www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg

For How To's, 23-24 Childcare Afterschool Program Fee Schedule, Parent Handbook, and more, visit: www.el-cerrito.org/childcare.

Looking for a camp during spring break? We have Off the Block STEM with LEGO camp happening all week! Both our Juniors for 5-6 years old (9am-12pm) and Masters for 7-12 years old (1-4pm) have spaces available.


Adults & Seniors


As a result of this past storm/atmospheric river, a tree in our Splash Park was uprooted, taking out one of the fences. Because of this, the opening of our Splash Park for the season will be delayed until we can make sure the area is clean, safe, and our fence is repaired. Make sure to check our website for the most up to date information: www.el-cerrito.org/swimcenter.

Swim Lesson Registration

Swim lesson registration opens ONLINE at 9:00am on Tuesday, 5/2 for El Cerrito Residents and Wednesday, 5/3 for Non-Residents. Please note swim lessons are extremely popular and will sell out quickly. If you do not get into the day and time of your choice, have back-up selections ready and make sure to get on the waitlist for any classes that are full. In the event that space opens up, we will process waitlist enrollments accordingly. 

Note about Waitlists: We are not able to see your child's position on the waitlist. If a spot opens up with very little time before the start of class, the entire waitlist may be contacted on a first come, first serve basis. Please check your emails regularly as that is the primary source of contact for waitlists.

Parks & Facilities

Park Highlight: Cerrito Vista

Cerrito Vista is a popular family neighborhood park located across the street from the El Cerrito Community Center/Swim Center, and home to our annual City of El Cerrito/ worldOne 4th of July Festival. This park has two friendly playgrounds for toddlers and young children with restrooms (key required) and a water fountain. The paved loop/track that hugs the perimeter of the baseball field is great for walking, jogging and staying fit!

The picnic area at Cerrito Vista has a 6 picnic tables, 2 BBQ grills and a large grass field; great for hosting family gatherings, birthday parties, luncheons, or fun game days with family and friends. Other amenities include tennis courts, large picnic area, playgrounds, paved loop, and restrooms.

Picnic site, tennis courts can be reserved online www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg.

Explore your neighborhood parks and spend some time in beautiful El Cerrito.

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