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Posted on: April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update

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Update June 15, 2020
Moseley Pool
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, Moseley Pool will not open this season. The closure will affect all swim lessons and swim activities for this summer. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Youth Sports: Youth Football and Cheerleading
In an effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, the youth football leadership and the DeSoto Parks and Recreation Department decided to postpone the fall season until the spring of 2021. Additionally, we have a tentative plan to begin youth football and cheerleading registration in November. Please continue to visit our website for further updates.


Update June 5, 2020
DeSoto Recreation Center Reopening Phase II

In consideration of Governor Abbott’s guidelines and directives, as well as CDC and the City-County Health Department guidelines, we have developed a phased approach to reopening parks and facilities. The plan outlines the inaugural guidelines established by the Parks and Recreation Department. However, staff will continue to evaluate mandates throughout each phase. This plan is designed to balance recreational opportunities and community safety. It is important to note that this is a fluid document and may be revised. Join us on Facebook @desotorec for updates.

We encourage participants and partners to abide by established rules and requirements. Please direct questions or concerns to the Parks and Recreation Department via phone at 972-230-9655 or e-mail: youthsports@desototexas.gov.

Facilities currently open

  • Fitness center located at the DeSoto Recreation Center
  • Open space and trails

Phase II Facilities will open and programs will begin on June 8th

  • Park Restrooms
  • Walking track and gymnasium located at the DeSoto Recreation Center
  • Personal training
  • Athletic leagues (Softball, Baseball, and Soccer)
  • Practice athletic fields
  • DeSoto BMX Complex
  • Group exercises
  • Indoor leagues
  • Playgrounds

Facilities will remain closed

  • Senior Activity Center
  • Moseley Pool


Update May 14, 2020
DeSoto’s Recreation Center Reopening Phase I

The Recreation Center will initially reopen on a limited basis with safety restrictions. The Center will open three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th.  During the reopening week, the first day will be Tuesday, May 26th, Wednesday, May 27th, and Friday, May 29th.  The Recreation Center will revert to the new Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule during the first week in June. The fitness center will have limited capacity on an hourly basis. Patrons will be required to schedule an appointment to gain access. You can contact the Recreation Center at (972) 230- 9655. Social distancing and PPE protocol including a face covering and gloves will be mandatory. Patrons will only have access to the fitness center during the initial opening phase; the gym, running track, and other rooms will remain closed.

The DeSoto Active Seniors Center on Lion Street will remain closed until further notice. Park playgrounds, the BMX complex, and park restrooms will remain closed until further notice.

Update April 24, 2020
City Following CDC/County Recommendations To Fight Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The City of DeSoto is closing DeSoto’s Recreation Center, Civic Center, and Senior Center until further notice beginning at 5:00 PM on Monday, March 16, 2020. This action is part of a coordinated effort with our national, state, county, and local partners to help protect our residents from the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Local governments have been reviewing this and other CDC guidelines to determine how best to protect their residents. DeSoto’s announcement reflects compliance with this course of action and consensus with our allies on the most effective public safety approach.

“These are extremely popular venues that our residents enjoy coming to daily, so no one looks forward to their closure. But given our responsibility to protect the health and well-being of our residents, it is the only realistic action that we can take,” observed DeSoto’s Parks & Recreation Managing Director M. Reneé Johnson.

The City of DeSoto will continue to post new information related to Coronavirus issues on our Facebook, Nextdoor, and Twitter pages as it becomes available. In the meantime, if area residents have questions about the Coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline from Dallas County Health and Human Services at 972-692-2780.

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