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--coming soon--Adoption of the 2016 plan is pending.
May 10, 2016.
The Rifle Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) has a vacancy for a regular member position.
PRAB consists of 8 members; 7 regular members and 1 alternate member, which are appointed by Rifle City Council.  PRAB meets twice per month, as needed, at the Parks Maintenance Facility-3100 Doaks Lane.  PRAB functions in advising City Council (through staff) mostly in big picture items related to the Parks and Recreation Department, such as reviewing projects, annual budgets, advising on departmental policies, and prioritizing capital projects.    
If you live in Rifle city limits and are interested in serving, obtain an application by contacting
Tom Whitmore, Parks and Recreation Director, at or 970-665-6489.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20th, at the Parks Maintenance Facility.

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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