Parks and Recreation Leadership

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Building Healthy Communities Through Parks, Programs, and Partnerships

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Department Mission:

The Parks and Recreation Department builds healthy communities through parks, programs and partnerships.

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​​​​2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan: 

​Many Hands, Many Minds, One Team

  • Quality Guest Service

  • Strengthened Department Culture

  • Clean, Accessible and Safe Parks

  • Performance Excellence

  • Engaged Employees​​


​​Department Leadership:

Inger Erickson portrait 

​Inger Erickson, Parks and Recreation Director

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Management Team:

  • Tracee Crockett, Assistant Director
  • Cynthia Aguilar, Deputy Director, Downtown Division
  • Esther Avila, Deputy Director, South Division
  • Alonso Avitia, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division
  • Cynthia Brown, Deputy Director, Northwest Division
  • Tim Merritt, Deputy Director, Special Operations Division 
  • Danielle Poveromo, Deputy Director, Northeast Division
  • Judy Weiss, Deputy Director, Management Services Division

2016 Annual Report

PHX Plays annual report cover from 2016


The city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department uses four core pillars to evaluate its impact:

                 1.  Serve the Community

                 2.  Improve Public Safety

                 3.  Enhance Facilities

                 4.  Build Partnerships


The 2016 Annual Report highlights successes in those four areas and identifies the work of the department to improve recreational and social opportunities in the community, increase preservation and enhancement of natural resources, and improve the quality of life of millions of residents and visitors.