Frequently Asked Questions

About CRPD

When was the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) established?

Cordova Recreation and Park District was established in 1958 to provide parks and recreation services to the residents of eastern Sacramento County. In the years since, CRPD’s boundaries have expanded and we now serve 120,000 residents of Rancho Cordova, Rosemont, Gold River and dozens of communities across 80 square miles.

What does CRPD do?

CRPD provides quality recreational programs, parks and services for our residents. We work in partnership with other government agencies, school districts, businesses, community and neighborhood groups, athletic leagues and residents to identify and meet the recreational needs of our diverse and growing district. We own and operate over 600 acres of open space, over 40 parks and facilities, and one aquatic center. We offer hundreds of classes, camps and special events each year. Our fields, courts and pools host thousands of athletes in league play, tournaments and recreational play.

Are you affiliated of the City of Rancho Cordova?

While CRPD’s boundaries include a large area of Rancho Cordova, we are not directly associated with the City of Rancho Cordova. CRPD is a special district overseen by an independently elected board of directors. CRPD works in partnership with all public agencies within our boundaries, including, the County of Sacramento, the City of Rancho Cordova, the Cordova Community Council as well as the Folsom Cordova, San Juan, Sacramento, and Elk Grove Unified School Districts.

What is a special district?

A special district is formed by a local community to meet a specific need. CRPD was established almost 60 years ago to provide park and recreation services to residents in Sacramento County east of the City of Sacramento. As a special district, CRPD is funded through property taxes and assessments and acts independently to provide quality recreation and park programs and services for the residents within our boundaries. There are more than 100 special districts in Sacramento County.

Board of Directors

When does the CRPD Board of Directors meet?

The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. in Chambers located on the first floor of 2729 Prospect Park Drive in Rancho Cordova, unless otherwise noted on the agenda. Board meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and board-approved minutes are available online or in person from the district office.

What does the Board of Directors do?

As CRPD’s governing body, the Board of Directors is responsible for the budget and for setting policies that safeguard the vitality of the district. The five non-partisan members of the Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms by residents located within CRPD’s boundaries. The elected board is held accountable to the following laws that govern public officials: The Brown Act, California Public Records Act, FPPC Reporting Requirements and biannual ethics training.

How can I communicate with the CRPD Board of Directors?

There are two main ways to communicate with the Board of Directors. Board members can be reached directly by email (hyperlink). There is also a public comment period during every board meeting where the community can address district issues. The board can listen to comments, but state law prohibits the Board of Directors from discussing items that are not included in the agenda. To have an item added to the agenda, please submit a written request to the Clerk of the Board (hyperlink) by 5:00 p.m. three weeks prior to the meeting.

How do I apply to be on the Board of Directors?

CRPD’s Board of Directors is elected by residents of the district during the general election. There are five seats on the board. The four-year terms are staggered with general elections occurring during even-numbered years. For more information, contact Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections at 916-875-6451. You can also download Board of Directors Elections FAQ.


What kinds of recreation programs does CRPD provide?

CRPD offers recreation programs for all ages, from athletics and camps to computer and art classes. A sampling of programs includes: seasonal youth camps, aquatics teams and lessons, fitness and wellness programs, youth, teen and senior programs, and a number of special events. CRPD also provides dedicated facilities and programs for seniors through the Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center and for teens at The HYDE Out teen center. The district also runs the Discovery Kids Preschool Program. For a current listing of programs visit the online directory or request a current copy of the Recreation Guide.

Who can register for recreation programs?

CRPD’s classes, programs and events are open to all. Pre-registration is required for all classes and programs. Some classes have age requirements and restrictions. Participation in some ongoing programs at Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center and The HYDE Out may require membership. All classes and programs, as well as athletic programs, swim teams and camps require a waiver and/or an information packet filled out for each child. Class schedules, locations and availability may vary. Learn more about program registration here.

Does CRPD host any community events?

CRPD hosts several special events each year, and partners with Cordova Community Council for a series of yearly community events. For a full calendar of special events please go to the Special Events page.

How can I register for a class?

There are four ways to register for classes through CRPD:

Internet Registration

Major Credit Cards Payments only

Walk-in Registration

Major credit cards, cash or check

Hagan Community Center
2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center
3480 Routier Road, Sacramento
Monday-Friday 7:30AM-4:30PM

Mather Sports Center
3755 Schriever Avenue, Mather
Monday-Friday 8:00AM-10:00PM

Phone Registration

Major credit card payments only
Call: 916-369-9844, 916-366-3133 or 916-362-1704
Varies by location

Fax Registration

Major credit card payments only
Fax: 916-573-3622

What is CRPD’s cancellation and refund policy?

CRPD reserves the right to cancel, combine or divide classes, change the time, date or place of classes, change the instructor, or make other changes necessary at any time. If CRPD cancels a class due to low enrollment, a full refund will be issued. For a full refund, registration cancellation must be received a minimum of 48 hours prior to the first class, unless otherwise noted. No refund will be issued after the class or program has had its second meeting. Failure to attend a class or “no show” is not eligible for a refund. Refunds for cash and check payments take 4-6 weeks to process; refunds for credit card payments take 2-3 business days to process. The online registration processing fee is nonrefundable.

Parks & Facilities

What kinds of parks and facilities does CRPD have?

There are over 40 parks and facilities of all sizes throughout the district. Parks range in size from less than an acre to nearly 80 acres and are located throughout the district in residential neighborhoods, near schools and adjacent to other open spaces. CRPD maintains sports, aquatic and recreation facilities where many classes and other programs take place on a daily basis. Many parks and facilities also have dedicated areas that can be rented for private use. Visit the Rentals page for more information.

Does CRPD have any public pools?

CRPD currently operates two public pools:

Lincoln Village Pool
3480 Routier Road
General Information: 916-369-9844

Cordova Community Pool*
2197 Chase Drive
*Cordova Community Pool is currently closed

Pools are typically open Memorial Day through Labor Day each year, but hours, dates and entry fees vary by location. For current hours of operation call 916-369-9844.

Does CRPD have any unique park offerings?

While no two parks are the same, CRPD is pleased to offer a dedicated dog park, skate park and an array of spray and splash parks within our larger open space parks. Click on any of the links below for more information about these distinct parks and hours of operation.

Is alcohol allowed in the parks?

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in CRPD parks.

Picnic sites that have been reserved in advance and with proper CRPD permitting may serve alcohol within the reserved site only. CRPD policy states: “shall be unlawful for any person or organization to sell, or cause to be sold alcoholic beverages without written permission from the District Administrator.”

How often are restrooms in the parks cleaned?

Park restrooms are cleaned daily or as needed for special events or when reserved.

How often are the parks and facilities inspected?

CRPD personnel are in all parks on a daily basis. Maintenance crews are in all parks on at least a weekly basis. Management personnel inspect all facilities and parks on a monthly basis.

How often is the grass mowed in the parks?

During the growing season from April through October, the parks are mowed weekly. In some areas, the sports fields may be mowed twice a week to accommodate games. In the off-season, the mow schedule varies based on weather and other variable conditions.

How often does CRPD water?

In 2015, CRPD worked with three water districts that provide water service to the parks and streetscapes to reduce water usage for irrigation by 20 to 36 percent by repairing and replacing existing irrigation equipment and experimenting with other conservation practices. In addition to complying with a reduced watering schedule conservation practices were put into place that include aerating the lawn panels more frequently, fertilizing with a polymer coated fertilizer, applying more organic matter to the soil structure, and using plant growth regulators.


Do I have to reserve space at neighborhood parks for picnics and parties?

Use of open grass and picnic areas in neighborhood parks is open to all on a first-come, first-serve basis. Certain parks require advanced reservation of picnic areas, and most pavilion and covered picnic areas also require an advanced reservation. Reservations need to be made no less than four business days prior to the reservation date. For more information about a specific park go to the Parks page or call 916-842-3300.

Doing Business with Us

What is CRPD’s Tax ID Number?

CRPD’s tax id # is 94-6000529.

Does CRPD have any permit requirements?

CRPD issues three categories of permits. For specific requirements and fees, and to download a permit application, please follow the links below.

Commercial Use Permit

Required for commercial business or continued regular use of any CRPD property.

Special Use Permit

Required for groups larger than 150 people, special events closed to the public, or events that necessitate exemption of CRPD park rules.

Commercial Film/Photography Permit

Required for photography or filming for commercial, advertising or media use on any CRPD property.

Encroachment Permit Application

Required whenever an agency, organization, group or individual wishes to access District property for any reason other than regular recreational uses.

Contact Us

How do I subscribe to CRPD’s newsletter?

Click here! Receive the latest information about upcoming programs, events and general district information through CRPD’s e-newsletter.

How do I get on the mailing list for the Recreation Guide?

Every resident within CRPD will have a current Recreation Guide mailed directly to their home in February and August. If you did not receive a guide or live outside the district boundaries call 916-842-3300 to be added to our mailing list. The Recreation Guide is also available online.

Who do I contact if I see graffiti, vandalism or needed repairs at one the CRPD parks or facilities?

Report maintenance issues to the District Office at 916-842-3300, our Park Services Department at 916-369-9844 or through our website. Click here to report an issue now.

Who do I contact regarding ADA compliance in CRPD parks, facilities and programs?

Visit out Americans with Disabilities page or contact Andrea White, Resource Manager and ADA Compliance Coordinator for CRPD at or 916-842-3300.

How do I become a contract class instructor with CRPD?

If you have an idea for a class not currently offered, please contact Brandi Dionne at or 916-369-9844. For more information about becoming an instructor with us, please download the CRPD Independent Contractor Instructor Handbook and the Contract Instructor Information & Application. CRPD accepts new instructor proposals throughout the year.