Photo courtesy El Paso Parks and Recreation Department

El Paso Parks and Recreation Department to resume Youth Sports Activities Friday

After receiving guidance from the Office of Emergency Management and the Public Health Department, the Parks and Recreation Department announced Sunday that they will resume all independent, outdoor Youth Sports and activities beginning Friday, February 13.

“Sports promote physical fitness and mental wellness, both of which are necessary in a time of uncertainty for our youth athletes. Because of these and other recognized benefits, the City recommends resuming youth sports,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Director Ben Fyffe.

“Participants, parents and coaches are reminded to follow health and safety recommendations to keep our athletes and community safe and, most importantly, reduce the spread of COVID-19 that is still very active in our community.”

Parks and Recreation will follow all current COVID-19 guidelines as well as health and safety protocols implemented by the Public Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management.

At the discretion of the Office of Emergency Management and the Public Health Department, the return of Adult Sports activities and tournaments will remain on hold.

Officials added that reactivating adult sports will be considered based on data suggesting a downward trend and improvement of COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Health and Safety Guidelines for Youth Sports

  • No spectators allowed
  • Only one parent/guardian allowed per player
  • Face coverings must be worn when not actively participating in physical activity
  • Temperature checks and health questionnaires at facilities and complexes
  • Additional installation of hand sanitizing stations
  • No congregating before, during and after games

To discourage gatherings of large crowds, youth tournaments will not be allowed until further notice.

Parks and Recreation Department will require and enforce the required permits and safety protocols provided to the independent leagues (samples attached).

For more information on Youth Sports, including COVID-19 safety protocols, click here to visit the Parks and Recreation Department  or visit

COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Safe Practices

COVID-19 Minimum Health Guidelines and Protocols