Parks & Recreation

2020 Sprint Summer Program Guide CoverThe Monroe Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide quality recreation facilities and programs that promote healthy and active living opportunities for our residents.  We offer a variety of activities for all ages and fitness levels.  At our facilities, you can enjoy golf, swimming, athletic programs and leagues, fitness classes, senior programs and much more.  Day camps, after-school, and educational programs are offered year-round at many of our facilities.  Spend some time in one of our parks picnicking and enjoying one of our many playgrounds with your children.  Explore our downtown area as you enjoy a walk or run on the Bearskin Creek and Downtown Connector Greenways.  Or, if you prefer indoor activities, our Aquatics and Fitness Center has something for everyone.  Sign up for a membership and start your journey to a healthier life today.




Covid-19 Update
UPDATE - May 20, 2020

4th of July Celebration Cancelation

Due to the limit on mass gatherings and with the health and safety of our community in mind, the annual 4th of July Celebration, including fireworks, scheduled for Saturday, July 4th has been canceled.  Please check the City of Monroe's facebook page and website for any updates.

Guidelines for Gradual Reopenings of Programs

All guidelines are based on recommendations from the NCDHHS and follow those specific requirements.

Summer Day Camp

Beyond the Bell Day Camp

Community Pools

Sports Camps

For complete information regarding all city cancelations, please follow the following link:

Covid-19 Closures


  • Music on Main on May 28 is canceled.

  • Classic Car Cruise-In on June 12 and July 10th is canceled.

  • Music on Main on June 25 and July 23rd is canceled.

  • July 4th celebration has been canceled

  • All Dowd Center Theatre events are canceled until further notice.

Parks and Recreation

  • The Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center will be closed through June 26, per N.C .Gov. Roy Cooper's Executive Order 138.  Please click here to read a letter from the MAFC staff regarding credits and the suspension of bank drafts.

  • The 2020 Spring Baseball Season has been canceled with plans to provide opportunities in the late summer and fall while following appropriate social distancing.

  • Monroe recreation centers and community centers will open on June 8th for Beyond the Bell Summer Programming ONLY,  All other facility amenities will remain closed to the public including gymnasiums, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and game rooms.

  • The Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center will be closed through June 26th, including all programming. Staff will be evaluating the situation during this time.

  • All outdoor restroom facilities will be open during park hours beginning May 11.  Playgrounds remain closed.

  • All picnic shelters on City property are now open with social distancing encouraged.  Reservations are not allowed.

  • All common areas in parks, greenways, and golf courses will remain open with social distancing being encouraged.

  • Monroe Country Club golf course has made the following amendments in our efforts to protect both golfers and our staff as we continue on this Covid-19 journey:
    1.  The Pro Shop is closed to to public access.  All payments will be taken via phone as debit or credit cards.  A sign will be posted on the door to the Pro Shop so people can call the Pro Shop and pay with card on-site upon arrival.  
    2.  Individual cart use is encouraged -- one per person.
    3.  Time between tee times is being extended to ensure carts are available for individual use as well as to spread players throughout the course.
    4.  The starter area is roped off to ensure social distancing is achieved.

  • Monroe Country Club golf course outdoor patio area is closed to promote social distancing.

Music on Main 


Car Cruise-In

April 23rd Music on Main is canceled




Click here to explore all that Monroe Parks and Recreation has to offer in our program guide!



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