Overview & Mission


The Parks and Recreation Department was established in 1933 to provide recreational activities and park management for the citizens of Phoenix. From a small four park system, the Department has evolved into one of the nation�s largest, most outstanding parks systems. One of the Department�s most treasured piece of land is the South Mountain Preserve, which remains the largest municipal park in the United States today. Another prized piece of land lies in the Salt River which has become the Rio Salado Restoration Project. Staffed by over 1,500 employees and funded with an annual operation budget in excess of $100 million, the department manages a capital improvement budget of over $295 million and a preserve acquisition budget of $6 million.

The Department is responsible for an inventory of over 37,000 acres land and facilities, including:

  • 88 neighborhood parks, 46 community parks, 11 district parks, 24 mini parks, 34 undeveloped parks
  • 154 sports fields
  • 8 golf courses
  • 29 swimming pools
  • 35 community centers
  • 140 tennis courts
  • 10 lakes
  • 16 major league baseball training fields
  • Miles of hiking and biking trails
  • Maintenance of street medians and public grounds


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

We value �

  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Commitment to employees and community through excellence and ethical actions
  • Quality work and great customer service
  • A healthy environment; land and resources