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Greater Vallejo Recreation District's Mission

“Building community and enhancing quality of life through people, parks, and programs.”

The Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD) is a separate government agency from the City of Vallejo that provides parks and recreation programs for children, families, and seniors in Vallejo. GVRD operates primarily by means of locally-controlled funding and also receives revenue from fees for services, park entrances, programs, and facility rentals. Grants and park dedication permit fees assist in the provision for new park development projects and ongoing maintenance.

GVRD manages 407 acres of public park space including 20 neighborhood parks, 10 community parks, 6 special purpose parks, an olympic-size swimming pool and 4 community centers. GVRD, maintains over 1,000 acres of public land and offers programs that benefit over 120,000 Vallejo residents of all ages each year.

Setterquist Park. View of the playground features.

GVRD Parks

    A frequently asked question is “Why is GVRD a separate district and not a department of the City of Vallejo?” In the late 1930’s, members of the Vallejo Parent Teachers Association (PTA) decided they had a need for an individual to organize and manage recreational activities for local youth. The PTA hired Lyston Johnson, also known as “Mr. Recreation”, to do the job. In 1944, an election was held and voters elected to create the entity known today as The Greater Vallejo Recreation District.

    Americans with Disabilities

    It is the intent of the Greater Vallejo Recreation District to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Every attempt will be made to hold meetings, hearings, conferences, classes and other events in accessible locations and auxiliary aids will be provided upon request whenever possible to partici- pants with disabilities. Complaints regarding department compliance with ADA should be directed to the General Manager of the Greater Vallejo Recreation District, 395 Amador Street, Vallejo, CA 94590, (707) 648-4600.

    Inclusion Statement

    The Greater Vallejo Recreation District is committed to providing recreation opportunities for all citizens of Vallejo. Our REACH program was developed to help people with disabilities enjoy a full range of leisure activities. We welcome people with disabilities into all our programs. Please allow 3-4 weeks if you or your child need special accommodations to participate. Call 648-4600 during regular office hours with any questions.

    GVRD Refund Policy

    Patron-requested refunds will be approved only if requested in writing no later than 5 business days prior to the first day of the class/program. A $10 processing fee will be assessed for each class/program you are requesting a refund for. GVRD reserves the right to change or discontinue activities scheduled without advance notice. Contract instructors are wholly responsible for the content of their classes.

    GVRD Privacy Policy

    GVRD Classes, Programs, and Parks

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