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.
- Inclusion and diversity
- Commitment to employees and community through excellence and ethical actions
- Quality work and great customer service
- A healthy environment, land and resources
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
Basketball courts: 137
Golf Courses: 8 (five championship, 3 nine-hole)
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.