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General Info:


The Parks and Recreation Department provides recreational programming and maintains City parks and facilities for the enjoyment of the public.


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

Mission Statement

"To commit to build and maintain parks, programs, facilities, and services necessary to establish Rifle as a premier recreational community on the western slope of Colorado."

Strategic Plan

The current Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan can be viewed here:
2016 Strategic Plan

Attention! Due to needed repairs, the basketball courts at Deerfield Park are currently closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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The City of Rifle is soliciting naming suggestions for the new Rifle pool facility.

Suggestion must be e-mailed to the Rifle Parks and Recreation Director, Tom Whitmore, at  until 8:23 P.M. on Friday, March 6th, 2020.

Per City Council Resolution No.2 series of 2020, none of our city facilities shall be named after an individual person. Name suggestions should be other than after individual persons.

To submit a qualified entry;

1.    The subject line of the e-mail must state the words “Pool Name:”  followed by the suggested name.

2.    The body of the e-mail must include the name, address, and phone number of the person submitting the suggestion.

Rifle City Council will make the final determination on the name of the pool.   The decision will be announced the week of March 9th.

Thank you,

Tom Whitmore

Rifle Parks & Recreation Director

The City of Rifle Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting applications for vending permits in City owned parks valid from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.  Any vendor desiring to sell food or merchandise in any Rifle Park shall first obtain a Vending Permit from the City of Rifle Recreation Department.  Applications and policies can be found at or can be picked up at the recreation desk.  Applications will be due by 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Rifle Recreation office, 202 Railroad Avenue, Rifle CO, 81650.  E-mail  with questions.

Click on cover for full Spring guide pdf

2020 Spring Brochure Final cover

Project Images, August 22, 2018. Jeff Johnson Architectural, P.C. The planned layout of the new facility is shown but not all amenities are shown.

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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.