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.


​​​​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


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
  • Tim Merritt, Deputy Director, Special Operations Division 
  • James Orloski, Deputy Director (Acting)Downtown Division
  • Danielle Poveromo, Deputy Director, Northeast Division
  • Judy Weiss, Deputy Director, Management Services Division

2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s 2017 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 2017 Annual Report