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College Station Parks and Recreation Department, a Nationally Accredited agency, strives to provide facilities and programs that enrich the lives of people of all ages with diverse, ethnicity, ability, belief, social and economic background and education.

Since its inception in 1971 as a City of College Station Department, it has expanded to 57 parks at a total of 1,372.23 acres, providing athletic fields and facilities, playgrounds, ponds, pools, recreation center, teen center, nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater and rental facilities. It offers over 200 programs with an operating budget of over $10,000,000.

The Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to education and safety of all children; it operates great after-school programs at the Lincoln Recreation Center and the Southwood Community Center.

The Parks Department offers series of free quality family concerts at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater, a 7,500 capacity outdoor amphitheater.

Emergency Management Operation is also a major responsibility of the Parks Department, using facilities and staff during disasters such as the hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and hurricane Ike in 2008.


MISSION STATEMENT
 “To provide a diversity of facilities and leisure services which are geographically and demographically accessible to our citizens.”

SECONDARY MISSION STATEMENT
“The Department also supports the City's Emergency Management Program and assists with disaster planning, coordination, response, and recovery.”

OUR MOTTO
"We provide good things in life."


LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS
Since 2005, the City of College Station Parks and Recreation Department received an abundance of recognitions and awards for their exemplary work.

  • National Accreditation (Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies, National Recreation and Park Association)
  • One of only 10 Texas cities with national CAPRA accreditation (Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies)
  • Public Library Accreditation, Ringer Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • 2016-2017 TRAPS Leadership Academy, Gerry Logan (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)
  • 2016 Best Marketing, Kelli Nesbitt (Texas Recreation and Parks Society)
  • 2016 Jerry D. Garrett Memorial Young Professional Award, Gerry Logan (Texas Recreation and Parks Society)
  • 2016 Good Neighbor Award (Keep Brazos Beautiful)
  • 2016 Reader’s Choice Award (Sport’s Events Media Group)
  • 2015 NRPA Young Professional Fellowship, Gerry Logan (National Recreation and Park Association)
  • 2015 Tree City USA, for 25 years (Arbor Day Foundation)
  • 2015 Best Marketing, Kelli Nesbitt (Texas Recreation and Parks Society)
  • 2015 TAAF President’s Excellence Award, Kelly Kelbly (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation
  • 2014 TAAF President’s Excellence Award, Kelly Kelbly (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)
  • 2014 Best Marketing, Kelli Nesbitt (Texas Recreation and Parks Society)
  • 2014 Young Professional Award, Gerry Logan (Texas Recreation and Parks Society Central Region)
  • 2013 TAAF Bronze Member City Award (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)
  • 2012 Texas Aquatics Agency of the Year (Texas Public Pool Council)
  • 2010 Park Development Innovations Award (Texas Recreation and Parks Society)
  • 2010 TAAF Gold Member City Award (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)
  • 2010 National Softball Complex of the Year, Veterans Park (Amateur Softball Association of America)
  • 2009 Aquatic Agency of the Year Award (Texas Public Pool Council)
  • 2009 TAAF Service Award (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)
  • 2009 TAAF Gold Level Member City Award (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)
  • 2008 James Farrell Award of Excellence (Amateur Softball Association)
  • 2006 Gold Award for the National Pool Waterpark Lifeguard Training (National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard)
  • 2006 Platinum Award for the National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training (National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard)
  • 2006 TRAPS Promotional Award (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)
  • 2005 TAAF Sliver City of College Station (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation)

CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information, call 979.764.3486, email parks@cstx.gov or visit the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office, located at 1000 Krenek Tap Road in College Station.


Last updated: 2/1/2017 8:38:20 AM