Re-Opening Recreation Safely

Welcome Back!

The city of Charleston Recreation Department is reopening certain non-contact amenities, programs, facilities, and park areas, based on the staged reopening of the city of Charleston. Our department has modified its operations to reopen with strict guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Adherence to health guidelines and precautions is critical to safely operate our facilities, parks, and programs. The health and safety of our participants, communities, staff members, and visitors is our top priority. We will continue to assess daily operations in consultation with SC DHEC and local health officials. 


The city of Charleston Recreation offices and facilities remain closed to the public until further notice. To contact our staff, please email or access our Staff Directory

Arthur W. Christopher Community CenterOpenLimited programming available.
Bees Landing Recreation CenterOpen
Limited programming available.
Charleston Gymnastics CenterOpenLimited programming available. Click here for more information.
Charleston Tennis CenterOpenKeep six feet from others, bring your own equipment and sanitizer, limit groups to 10 or less.
Daniel Island Municipal CenterOpen
Open for in-person registration. Office hours 12pm-5pm. 
Daniel Island Recreation CenterClosed

Undergoing construction. To be completed and open by January 2021.
Hazel Parker PlaygroundOpen
Limited programming available. 
Herbert Hasell PoolOpenOpen to lap and recreation swim. Click here for more information.
James Island Recreation ComplexOpen
Limited programming available.
James Island PoolOpenOpen to lap and recreation swim. Click here for more information.
Martin Luther King, Jr. PoolClosedUndergoing renovations. To be completed and open by October 2020.
Maybank Tennis CenterOpenKeep six feet from others, bring your own equipment and sanitizer, limit groups to 10 or less.
Recreation Main OfficeOpen
Open for in-person registration. Office hours 9am-4pm. 
Shaw Community CenterOpen
Limited programming available. 
St. Julian Devine Community CenterOpen
Limited programming available.
Tiedemann Park & Environmental Education CenterOpenLimited programming available. Click here for more information.
W.L. Stephens Aquatic CenterClosedClosed for maintenance. 


City parks and equipment have been reopened to the public. Families and individuals can enjoy the open spaces at any of our city parks, bring their own equipment such as balls, frisbees, etc., walk a dog, or exercise. Please follow all CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a mask when not exercising and social distancing. For your protection and the safety of others, please wipe down outdoor fitness equipment before and after use. Playground equipment cannot be safely and effectively sanitized so please wash or sanitize hands before and after using. 

The city of Charleston Recreation Department has taken the following precautions to protect the public: 

  • All drinking fountains at city parks have been turned off. 
  • No gathering of groups larger than 10 in public parks.


For more information on the protocols and guidelines for youth sports, please visit 


Limited programming is available in some areas. Please visit our Programs or Facilities pages for fall programming. 

The following COVID-19 protocols must be taken for facility programs:

  1. All participants must be temped at the door and be wearing a facemask/covering while entering and exiting the facility and not actively participating in the class/program. 
  2. All programming will take place in the gym through the months of October and November. Program numbers will be limited to 16 participants. In December, when classes move into the Multi-Purpose Room, they will be capped at 6 participants.
  3. All participants must sign in and must be in RecTrac. Strict attendance needs to be taken and we must have accurate contact information for each participant. 
  4. Participants must socially distance (there will be X's on the gym floor per participant) 
  5. Participants will not be let into the facility until 5 minutes prior to the class start time
  6. Participants must leave immediately following their class out the side door of the gymnasium. 
  7. Participants will need to provide their own fitness class tools (i.e. yoga mat and blocks). Should we need to provide anything, it must be left out in the gym after class for staff to sanitize
  8. We will use the Volleyball mask clips for all programs.
  9. Everything must be thoroughly sanitized after the class/program has completed


Beginning on October 1st, we will be reviewing any permits that we have on hand and accepting any new permits for facilities/parks to go through the approval process. For Special Events permits or questions, please contact Niki Ohlandt That process is different than parks or facilities. 

The City’s mask ordinance must be followed as well as the social distancing guidelines that are in place. If there is a spike in COVID numbers, emergency ordinances may have to be reactivated.