About Us

​ Jim Burke 2014 0520 Resized.jpg    James P. Burke, Director

To introduce you to the parks, programs, preserves and facilities of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, we created an introductory video slideshow that's a narrated guide to the impact we have on Phoenix communities. You also can review our 2013 Annual Report with statistics and data outlining our recent achievements and milestones.

Our Mission: The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department staff builds healthy communities through parks, programs, and partnerships.

We Value: 

  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Commitment to employees and community through excellence and ethical actions 
  • Quality work and great customer service
  • A healthy environment, land and resources

Deputy Director Esther Avila  Deputy Director Rob Harmon  Deputy Director Karen WIlliams

Tracee Crockett   Deputy Director Inger Erickson  Cynthia Aguilar   Deputy Director Ken Vonderscher 

Annual Operating Budget/Staffing:

For the 2012/13 fiscal year, $89,908,431 general fund operating budget and 1,054 full-time positions. 

Parks and Recreation Department Facilities:*

  • Acres of Desert/Mountain Preserves: 33,314 (as of fall 2013)

  • Acres of Desert Parks: 7,315

  • Acres of Developed City Parks: 4,721

  • Miles of street landscape/median maintained by Parks staff: 725 

  • City Parks: 189

  • Playgrounds: 146

  • Basketball courts: 137

  • Golf Courses: 8 (five championship, 3 nine-hole)

  • Pools: 29

  • Neighborhood/Recreation/Teen centers: 17

  • Community/Full Service Centers: 13

  • Museums, arts, cultural facilities: 6


* Desert/Mountain Preserves include South Mountain, Phoenix Mountains (Piestewa Peak, North Mountain and Shaw Butte) and Lookout Mountain.
*Desert parks include Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, Deem Hills and other open space areas not covered by Chapter 26 of Phoenix City Code.
*City park total includes eight large district parks, 43 community parks, 85 neighborhood parks, 25 mini parks, 14 special areas and 13 basin/drainageway parks.