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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
Staff and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meet yearly to update the Parks & Recreation Strategic Plan. Download the current Strategic Plan


October 3, 2014

We are deeply saddened to report that we have lost a beloved person in our lives:

Linda Stilson, our long time friend and co-worker, passed away earlier this morning.   Linda had been at Grace Nursing Home in Glenwood Springs where she was recovering from a stroke.

Linda was the pool manager for the former Rifle Metro Park District prior to the City of Rifle Parks and Recreation taking over the Park District and the Art Dague Pool and Water Slide.

Linda had been an employee of the City of Rifle since 2006 when that transition occurred.  She was a recreation program coordinator and pool manager.  She was a person that took on everything that needed to be done and helped everyone.  Her summer pool employees and the youth in the programs were “her kids” in addition to her wonderful family.

She touched the lives of many, many, people and I doubt if there is any person more widely known in Rifle than Linda.

Linda will be sorely missed, and our hearts go out to her family and all of her many friends.

Tom Whitmore,
Parks and Recreation Director



Memorial Service for Linda Stilson
Saturday, October 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Church at 1400 Birch Street in Rifle.

There will not be a graveside service, in accordance with Linda’s wishes.

The family is setting up a benefit account at Western Rockies Federal Credit Union in memory of Linda, and they request donations to the account in lieu of flowers. 


Guess what!

The City of Rifle was awarded a $350,000.00 grant from Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District for Deerfield Regional Park Phase I improvements.
Here’s what we’re planning 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 two-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 tens of 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!

Centennial Park, has been the recipient of three prestigious awards: 2011 Starburst Award from Colorado Lottery, 2011 CPRA Columbine Award for Park Design and 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 2011 Centennial Concert Series, 2011 Fall Festival and 2011 Tree Lighting Ceremony as well as many other private entity events.



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Tom Whitmore
Parks & Recreation Director

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Recreation Dept. Located at:
202 Railroad Ave.
Rifle, CO 81650

Parks Dept. Located at:
3100 Dokes Lane
Rifle, CO 81650

Ph: (970) 665-6570
Fx: (970) 625-6285

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