Mammoth Lakes Recreation This Week – September 28, 2023

News this Week…

  • NEW Pickleball Complex Opens for play Friday, September 29!
  • The premier event in obstacle course racing comes to Mammoth Mountain from October 6 – 8.
  • Registration for Fall Gymnastics (Session 2) will OPEN on Monday, October 2 at 9am.
  • Summer Town Parcels Fuels Reduction Program continues through September 29.
  • Join Mammoth Lakes Tourism and other local organizations for Facelift: Act Local on Sunday, October 1.


Town Renovates Tennis Courts and Opens New Community Pickleball Complex 

  • The Town is pleased to announce the reopening of Tennis Courts 5/6 with a new Sport Court suspended modular surface and the conversion of the old outdoor ice rink to a new 6-court community Pickleball Complex.
  • To celebrate the new courts and expansion of pickleball in Mammoth Lakes, the Town Council has scheduled a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, October 4 at 3:00pm for the tennis courts (1000 Forest Trail) and at 3:30pm for the Pickleball Complex (416 Sierra Park Road).
  • The community is invited to attend and play – complimentary pickleball paddles and balls will be available for use.
  • Tennis courts 5/6 re-opened for play in mid-September and the new Pickleball Complex opens for play on Friday, September 29 between the hours of 8am and dusk and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Complimentary pickleball paddles and balls will be available for the public to use this fall at the courts. The complex will be closed during the winter season.


Youth Fall Programming Update 


Community Recreation Center (CRC) Update

  • Work has progressed in several areas on the site. Drywalling has been installed on the storage, mechanical and Zamboni rooms. Tiling has been performed in the lobby restrooms and locker rooms. The roof frame has been installed on the HVAC and trash enclosure and work has also progressed on the HVAC ventilation system within the CRC.
  • We appreciate the community’s patience as we work to deliver new and improved recreation opportunities!


Recreation this Week is Moving!

  • Recreation This Week will be migrating to a new format. If you want to continue to receive community recreation news, activities and events directly to your inbox, you must create a Profile on DaySmart, our new online Reservation Platform.
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Park and Recreation Facilities Update 

  • Parks and Facilities currently open include: Whitmore Recreation Area (ball fields, synthetic sports field & track, restrooms), Shady Rest Park (playground, restrooms, ball fields, soccer fields and DiscGolfPark®), Volcom Brothers Skatepark & Little Brothers Skatepark, Trails End Park, Mammoth Creek East restrooms, Community Center Tennis Courts (courts, restrooms and playground) and the NEW Mammoth Lakes Pickleball Complex
  • Click here to view the updated status of Town parks, trails, and facilities.


Work for Parks and Rec! 


Community Recreation

  • Mammoth Youth Hockey registration is OPEN for the 2023-24 season. For more information, or to register, please click here.


Inyo National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions 

  • Inyo National Forest fire management staff will lift Stage I fire restrictions on Friday, September 29, 2023. This includes land within Inyo National Forest only.
  • Always remember:
    • Campfires must be supervised and controlled at all times. Only leave when fully extinguished.
    • Campfires must have at least ten feet of flammable material cleared around it.
    • To reduce impacts to the landscape, if available, use of existing “rock rings” are preferred rather than creating new ones.
    • Possessing, discharging, or using fireworks or pyrotechnic devices are prohibited.
    • A valid California Campfire Permit is still required.


Facelift in Mammoth Lakes This Sunday!

  • Join Mammoth Lakes Tourism and other local organizations for Facelift: Act Local on Sunday, October 1.
  • Let’s clean up our backyard! Any individuals who want to join are welcome to stop by the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center on the day of the event. If you want to participate with your organization please contact Emily Bryant, [email protected].
  • All participating members will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win great prizes.


OCR World Championships Begin October 6 

  • The premier event in obstacle course racing comes to Mammoth Mountain from October 6 – 8, 2023. 
  • 40+ obstacles. 9+ miles of challenging terrain. 5 unique courses. 1 ultimate race weekend. Race options include 100M, 3K, 15K, Team Relay, and 5K Charity fun race.
  • Review the OCR website for information and the race schedule.


Summer Town Parcels Fuels Reduction Program is Underway! 

  • Through Friday, September 29, sections of the multi-use path (MUP) will be closed between the Waterford Bridge and Juniper Springs Lodge for fuels reduction. Please review the project maps for scheduled closures and detours. In the interest of public safety, please stay out of the project area for your safety and the safety of the crews.
  • The planned fuels reduction work managed by the Whitebark Institute is a program of the Eastern Sierra Climate and Communities Resilience Project (ESCCRP), also known as the “Mammoth Donut Project.”
  • Treatment work includes the removal of live, dead, and infested trees that will help us maintain this beautiful place for years to come. While things may look different the next time you visit this area, this is important work for the health, safety and resilience of our forest.  Throughout the rest of the fall, fuel reduction efforts will also take place on two other parcels in Mammoth Lakes so stay tuned for more information.
  • You can find more information on the project by visiting the website.


Shady Rest Multi-Use Path Temporary Closure 

  • Tree work in the Shady Rest area began on September that will result in a paved multi-use pathway closure immediately adjacent to Sawmill Cutoff Road, between the entrance to New Shady Rest Campground and Forest Road 3S292 (Pole Line Road).
  • Pathway users will detour onto the West Side (Southbound) of Sawmill Cutoff Road to bypass the closure (see map below)
  • It is estimated the tree work will be completed on September 28 at which point the closure will be lifted.
  • More information will be disseminated as the Timber contractor provides updates on the pace of this important work.

Reds Meadow Road Reconstruction Project is Underway!  

  • The Reds Meadow Road construction project commenced on Monday, September 18, 2023.
  • A Full Closure (emergency and administrative traffic only) will be in place Monday through Friday between 7:00am – 5:30pm. Other times, regular visitor vehicles are allowed.
  • The road will open to the public on Saturday and Sunday ONLY.


  • The road will be closed by official closure order during the day due to the contractor blasting rock. Do not attempt to hike or bike the road or the Starkweather Trail. The blasting will impact the trail and it will not be safe to take.
  • The ESTA shuttle service ends on Sunday, September 10.


  • Devils Postpile National Monument will remain closed during construction.
  • Forest Service-managed campgrounds in Reds Meadow will close on September 17.
  • Vehicles will only be allowed to enter/exit before 7:00am and after 5:30pm.
    • Please plan backpacking trips in accordance with the reconstruction schedule and be prepared for delays (i.e., extra food and supplies). Consider alternative trails and resupplies.
  • Please visit the dedicated USFS Reds Meadow Reconstruction Project website for additional information.


Mammoth Mountain Summer Activities

  • Bike Rentals out of the Mountain Center in the Village will remain open from 9AM-5PM Thursday-Sunday.
  • The bike, ski and snowboard Demo Sale is taking place at the Mountain Center. Hours are also 9AM-5PM Thursday-Sunday for up to 70% off all demos.
  • Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) World Champion rolls through 10/5-10/9. If you want to join one of the races (including a 5K Charity fun race), register here. 23/24 Ikon Pass holders save 30% on all races with the promo code “IKON” with valid Ikon Pass or purchase confirmation at registration.


Mono County Behavioral Health – 2023 Fall Wellness Calendar

Mammoth Lakes: September-December 2023


Sunday Senior Doughnut Drop-In

  • Every Sunday
  • 8:00 – 10:00am
  • Various Locations Join us for coffee, a light breakfast, community, and conversation on Sunday mornings.
    1. First Sunday: Looney Bean
    2. Second Sunday: Stellar Brew
    3. Third Sunday: Black Velvet Coffee
    4. Fourth Sunday: Mammoth Coffee Roasters


Yoga and Guided Meditation

  • Every Tuesday & Thursday
  • 1:30 – 2:45pm
  • Sierra Wellness Center, 181 Sierra Manor Road #4
  • Yin yoga, a passive practice, focuses on opening the hip joints and spine for increased range and more effective movement.


Circulo De Mujeres

  • Every Tuesday
  • 5:00 – 6:30pm
  • Sierra Wellness Center, 181 Sierra Manor Road #4
  • Circulo de Mujeres es un grupo gratuito en español en el cuál mist aprendizaje, mistad, sanación, superacion personal y alegría.


Open Space Hang

  • Every Wednesday
  • 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Sierra Wellness Center, 181 Sierra Manor Road #4,
  • Join us for a sober evening of games, music, and community.


Clubhouse Live

  • Every Friday
  • 3:30 – 5:00pm
  • Sierra Wellness Center, 181 Sierra Manor Road #4, Mammoth Lakes
  • Free drop-in afterschool program for middle and high school aged students to hang out, eat some snacks, work on homework, and play games.


LBGTQIA+ Community Potluck – Fall

  • Every 3rd Sunday
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm
  • Sierra Wellness Center, 181 Sierra Manor Road #4,
  • Community potluck, discussion, and support


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