Parks & Recreation

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The Parks and Recreation Department provides recreational programs to the residents of Rifle, and maintains City Parks and Facilities.

In this section you will find helpful information on the following divisions of the Parks and Recreation Department:
Mission Statement
"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."

Strategic Plan
Parks & Recreation Strategic Plan. Download the current Strategic Plan (PDF)
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, "PRAB", Vacancy

We are soliciting applications from candidates interested in serving as the "Alternate Member" of the PRAB.

The Alternate Member votes in the absence of appointed regular advisory board members.  This member would currently serve a two year term expiring in 2017 and is then eligible to serve another 3 year term.   A written application must be submitted.  This is a City Council appointed position.

To apply, contact Tom Whitmore at  or call 970-665-6480.

Rifle Awarded Grant
The City of Rifle was awarded a $350,000 grant from Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District for Deerfield Regional Park Phase I improvements (Cooper Field Improvements).

Here’s what we've been working on:
The awarded grant for Deerfield Phase I includes amenities to complete Cooper Baseball Field facility at Deerfield Regional Park in Rifle. This project is planned to include a 2-story building that will house a concession stand, restrooms, and press box.

The project also includes elevated, ADA-accessible, bleacher seating for up to 600, utilities infrastructure to the concession building, ground water drainage for the area, and is highlighted with a plaza area complete with a sports-themed decorative concrete plaza with seat walls and landscaping.

This plan provides a long-term facility improvement to a park that hosts nearly 1000 user events and hosts thousands of players, parents, grandparents and guests during the spring to fall sports seasons.

The project will benefit the Rifle community as well area communities in the area by providing one of the most spectator-friendly, complete, baseball venues, between Denver and Grand Junction along the I-70 corridor.

Thank you Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District!

Thank you Garfield RE-2 School District!  RE-2 is a partner in this grant, providing $650,000 to the project (Home of Rifle Bears Baseball).  Additional funding was provided by the Conservation Trust Fund, the Parkland Dedication fund, and Rifle Parks and Recreation.

Come visit Centennial Park at 300 West 5th Street
Centennial Park has been the recipient of three prestigious awards:
  • 2011 Starburst Award from Colorado Lottery
  • 2011 CPRA Columbine Award for Park Design
  • 2011 Downtown Colorado Inc. Award for Best Downtown Park
This park has been the venue for multiple new events in Rifle, including the very successful annual Centennial Concert Series, Fall Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony as well as many other private entity events.

Centennial Park amenities include 2 picnic shelters, a children's water play area, an amphitheater, a decorative Rifle-history-themed central plaza and waysides, Rifle Creek Trail, and a large open turf are (The Great Bowl) and many areas to simply sit and enjoy the surroundings.

Click on the image below to see our 2016 Spring Flyer!

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