Parks and Recreation Leadership


Building Healthy Communities Through Parks, Programs, and Partnerships


Department Mission:

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department builds healthy communities through parks, programs and partnerships; and makes the city a better place to live, visit and play.

Statement of Commitment


​​Department Leadership:

Headshot Tracee Hall 

Tracee Hall, Acting Parks and Recreation Director​


Management Team:

  • Cynthia Aguilar, Assistant Director
  • Albert Santana, Interim Assistant Director
  • Esther Avila, Deputy Director, South Division
  • Alonso Avitia, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division
  • James Orloski, Deputy DirectorDowntown Division
  • Larry Polk, Deputy Director, Special Operations Division
  • Danielle Poveromo, Deputy Director, Northeast Division
  • Jan Sherwood, Deputy Director, Northwest Division
  • Judy Weiss, Deputy Director, Management Services Division

2019 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report


The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s 2019 Annual Report highlights major accomplishments and lists important yearly metrics that show the department’s impact on the community.

The report illustrates how the department promotes health, wellness, conservation and social equity by providing opportunities that improve quality of life through access to local parks, recreation and cultural facilities, sports programming and open spaces. 

Read the 2019 Annual Report