COVID-19 Updates

(Last update: 5/18/20)

The City of Sioux Falls is committed to offering summer family friendly opportunities while reducing the spread of COVID-19. Due to the public health risks of COVID-19, a gradual approach is being taken to reopen City owned facilities, park system amenities, recreation programs and library services.

Expanded recreation and library programming will be provided while maintaining physical distancing recommendations this summer. This includes additional hydrant parties, expanded community center hours of operation, 11 additional playground program sites, added bookmobile stops and a new collaborative citywide program to include scavenger hunts, science and art activities, fitness challenges, outdoor yoga, online escape rooms, virtual programming and more.


For questions, please call 605-367-8222.

Community Centers

Maricar, Oyate, and Morningside Community Centers opening June 3, 2020

Outdoor Pools: CLOSED

Outdoor Aquatic Facilities closed for the summer.
Based on the continued presence of COVID-19 in the Sioux Falls area, the high cost of operations and burdensome recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for aquatic facilities, City-owned pools will suspend operations for the summer 2020 season. These aquatic facilities include Terrace, Laurel Oak, Kuehn, Frank Olson, Drake Springs, McKennan Wading Pool and Pioneer Spray Park. The Midco® Aquatic Center will remain closed until deemed safe to reopen.

Parks: OPEN  

Picnic shelters, public restrooms and outdoor wedding venues will begin to reopen to the public in the next two weeks. Drinking fountains will remain closed. Park users are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles with them.

Trails: OPEN

While public parks and trails remain open, to help protect the health of the Sioux Falls community and in support of efforts to decrease the spread of illness, it remains imperative that park users:

  • Practice physical distancing
    • Avoid gatherings of ten or more participants
    • Maintain space of six feet or more between individuals

    Limit exposure to “high-touch” surfaces such as:
    • Handrails
    • Picnic tables
    • Benches

  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water
    • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth
    • Stay home if feeling ill

On the trails:

  • Avoid crowds
  • Maintain space of six feet or more between you and others
  • Keep to the right
  • When passing, call out “on your left”
  • Clean up your pet’s waste

Closure Announcements:

All 5 community centers and Midco Aquatic Center are currently fully closed. All programming is canceled until further notice.

The following are also closed:

  • All athletic fields are closed to organized activities and social gatherings
  • All park shelters (excludes Falls Park Farmers Market)
  • Park restrooms 
  • Park drinking fountains
“Safeguarding the wellness of park users is a top priority for the Parks and Recreation Department,” said Director of Parks and Recreation, Don Kearney. “We are taking these steps in support of efforts to decrease the spread of illness and to help protect the health of the community.”

Additional Resources:

City buildings are not currently open to the public. For questions, please contact Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation by phone at 605-367-8222 during regular business hours.

COVID-19 related updates and other information about our programming is also posted to our social media pages:

For citywide COVID-19 updates, visit