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.


​​Department Leadership:

Inger Erickson portrait 

​Inger Erickson, Parks and Recreation Director


Management Team:

  • Tracee Crockett, Assistant Director
  • Esther Avila, Deputy Director, South Division
  • Alonso Avitia, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division
  • Cynthia Brown, Deputy Director, Northwest Division
  • James Orloski, Deputy Director (Acting)Downtown Division
  • Larry Polk, Deputy Director (Acting), Special Operations Division
  • Danielle Poveromo, Deputy Director, Northeast Division
  • Judy Weiss, Deputy Director, Management Services Division

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report


The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s 2018 Annual Report highlights major accomplishments and lists important yearly metrics that show the department’s impact on the community.

The report explains the "Power of Parks" by illustrating how the department promotes health and 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 2018 Annual Report

Watch a Video Slideshow of Highlights from 2018