Recreation Programs & Activities

Find info on ongoing programs and activities for the whole family.


The City’s Youth Basketball Program provides training in rules and regulations as well as skill development, practices, and games for children in first through eighth grades. The registration fee is $25 and includes a team shirt, a nine-week season, and a participation trophy for all players. Most teams practice twice a week and play one game each Saturday.

The Boys Basketball season begins with registration in December and the the Girls Basketball season begins in August. For more information, please call 714-571-4264.

Chess Clubs teach game rules, strategies, and techniques and provide skill development, practice games, and tournaments. Chess tournaments are typically held in March, June, September, and December each year and provide trophies for first, second, and third place winners in a number of expertise levels, and all players receive a participation ribbon. Contact each club location listed below for meeting days and times and for more information.

Memorial Center        714-571-4242
Santa Anita Center    714-647-6552
Logan Center              714-571-4263
Salgado Center           714-571-4267
Teen Space                 714-647-6913

(Main Library)

Jerome Center           714-647-6559
Garfield Center           714-571-4288
SAPAAL                        714-647-6591

Aquatics programming is offered during the summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day for all ages. The Learn to Swim Program is conducted by Blue Ray Management Recreation and Aquatics Services for ages three and up. Swim lessons are offered at Memorial and Jerome pools in the mornings and afternoons, and at El Salvador, Salgado, and Santa Anita pools only in the afternoons.

Parent/Tot Learn to Swim is offered for parents and their children ages 6 months to 3 years old and provides water orientation and basic water skills. Blueray also offers swim teams for ages 5 to 18 at all five city pools as well as water polo for ages 9 to 14 at Memorial pool and aqua aerobics for all ages at Salgado pool.

The City’s recreation swim program is offered at all five city pools Tuesday through Sunday and offers fun for the entire family for only $1.00 for children and $2 for adults per session. Two afternoon sessions are offered at Memorial and Jerome pools and one afternoon session is offered at El Salvador, Salgado, and Santa Anita pools. For information on registration, fees, and schedules, please call 714-647-5307.


PROJECT P.R.I.D.E. (Parks and Recreation Inspires Dignity and Esteem)

Project PRIDE provides positive alternatives for youths through family and teen recreation and volunteer activities that provide opportunities for all family members, young and old engage in physical activity and to make meaningful contributions to their communities in ways that bring recognition and help them earn respect.

  • Family PRIDE Clubs
    Family PRIDE Clubs meet regularly at eight sites in Santa Ana, including Santa Ana Senior Center, Roosevelt Elementary School, Southwest Senior Center, and El Salvador, Salgado, Memorial, Santa Anita, and Logan Recreation Centers. Family PRIDE Clubs participate in interactive activities and learn the importance of family recreation as a way to build strong families and prevent problem behaviors.
  • Kayaking Program
    The PRIDE Kayaking Program trains and prepares teens to participate in local, county, state, and national tournaments throughout the year. Teens receive rigorous training on the water and in the weight room to develop strength, endurance, and racing skills. Teen Kayakers have represented the City of Santa Ana in tournaments in Hawaii, San Diego, Ventura County, Marina del Rey, and Santa Barbara, which has resulted in high placement in several award categories each year.
  • NEW Gardening Training Coming in FY 2012-2013
    A gardening component will be added in FY 12-13 as a way to empower youth and their families to adopt healthy food habits. A series of workshops will be developed to teach PRIDE families how to create home-based and/or community gardens. Topics will include garden design ideas, soil preparation, planting, watering, and pest management. An emphasis will be placed on growing edibles in a home garden, patio or balcony. Classes will focus on what’s easy to grow, how to choose what to plant and how to keep them alive and thriving!