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Welcome to the City of Atascadero’s Virtual Recreation and Resource Center! This is your place for fun, education, and resources through these wild and turbulent times. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences. In these challenging times, our Virtual Recreation Center will bring these programs and resources right to you and your family with the hope of making it easier for you to prioritize your health and well-being.

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Summer Words

We're Open for Summer!! 

Check out our Summer Activities for ALL AGES here!!  



For the Kids

Outdoor Activities

Here are a few ideas (don’t forget your Physical Distance rule of 6'!).

  • Visit a local park - Our parks are free and still open to the public. Don’t forget to tag us on social media.
  • Visit a nearby County Park with wide open spaces - These are still open, but check before you go to make sure! 
  • Explore your local hiking trails! 
  • Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are getting outside too.
  • Go for a drive.

Indoor Activities

Here are a few ideas for staying active indoors (Disclaimer: individuals should consult their physician before starting any exercise program or changing their diet to limit risks of injury).

Take a Virtual Fitness Class - There are plenty of FREE options online. Here are just a few: 

Stay Connected

Although we are all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these each day.

  • Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Head to the Aquarium through their live stream.
  • Virtual Museum Tours -  Visit museums around the world through their virtual tours
  • Take Care of YOU!  Breathing Exercises for Anxiety & Depression
  • Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check-in.
  • Write a letter.
  • FaceTime.
  • Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for take-out or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you.
  • Volunteer - There are many opportunities to volunteer to help those in our community. ECHO shelter or Loaves & Fishes is in need of extra help during this period of high demand.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Work on Mindfulness - Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

Exercise your Brain

For the Kids (or kids at heart)

  • Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
  • - Learn how to fold pieces of paper into pieces of art!
  • Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
  • City of Costa Mesa's Video on How to Make a Suncatcher!  Great Holiday Gift idea!  
  • Hold a virtual playdate through Facetime.
  • Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
  • 5-minute crafts
  • Take a Virtual Vacation - Explore the work using Google Earth! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
  • Head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium through their live stream.
  • Visit one of many museums around the work through their virtual tours.
  • Daily Doodle lessons by Mo Willems.
  • Arts and Craft Activities
  • FreeKidsCrafts - Lots of categories of ideas, templates, and print outs.
  • Crafts by Amanda
  • Educational Resources

Be in the Know

Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.

Stay Nourished

Visit these sites for information on food resources.



Category: Activities & Recreation

To submit your interest for volunteer opportunities within the City of Atascadero, please deliver a completed volunteer application, which is linked below, to City Hall at 6500 Palma Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422. Liability release and other additional forms will be required if there is a volunteer opportunity currently available.  City General Volunteer Application

For recreation volunteer opportunities, such as for volunteer coaches, please contact the Community Center at 805-470-3360. A coaches volunteer packet may be picked up at the Community Center located at 5599 Traffic Way in Atascadero, or downloaded here: COACHES ONLY complete volunteer packet

The Charles Paddock Zoo and the Atascadero Police Department often utilize and work very closely with volunteers within those departments of the City of Atascadero. For more information about Charles Paddock Zoo volunteer opportunities, you may call: 805-461-5080. For more information about Atascadero Police Department volunteer opportunities, you may call: 805-461-5051.

We thank you for your interest in serving your community!

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The Bike Plan has been finalized and adopted. Use the link below to download the plan.

Bike Plan - Final

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Info on activities, recreational and volunteer opportunities in Atascadero.

Category: Activities & Recreation

Parks Make Life Better!

Find out what the Community Services Department has to offer! Classes, Special Events, Camps, Activities, Teen Center & More!

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Atascadero Trails & Hiking

Atascadero offers one of the most spectacular hiking trails throughout the City. Many trails offer remarkable panoramic views, while others explore the wilderness of inland canyons, mountains and coastline. Check out our Atascadero Trails & Hiking Guide for more information on hiking in Atascadero.

Interactive Trail Guide and City Park Guide is also available to view the course of the trails and photos.


Trail Maps

Other Trail Maps and Guides

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