The Parks Division provides, develops and maintains a system of parks for public use and enjoyment.

Parks is charged with ensuring all park facilities and grounds are attractive, healthy, safe and full of leisure and recreation opportunities. 

The Parks Division, with a parks system dating back to 1903, provides for the maintenance and care of:

  • More than six miles of trails.
  • More than 10 miles of river frontage.
  • More than 375 acres of developed park and open space.
  • A 33-acre municipal golf course.
  • An international water lily collection.
  • 10 botanical and garden areas.
  • 25 playgrounds, including Unidad and Kids’ Kingdom.
  • 25 sports practice fields.
  • 27 picnic areas with more than 200 picnic tables.

San Angelo is a wonderful place to live, and it is the duty of the Parks Division to help keep it that way. 

Volunteers needed for March 2 Twin Buttes cleanup

Twin Buttes Reservoir will undergo a spring cleaning on Saturday, March 2. The public is invited to assist in removing trash from the area.

The cleanup will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers should gather in one of two locations:

  • The south pool parking lot, also known as area 2. The parking lot is adjacent to the south pool boat ramp, which is at the southernmost end of the equalization channel. Organizers noted efforts will target this general area and the parking lot at Gardner Dam.
  • The north pool parking lot, also known as area 7. This lot is at the end of Twin Buttes Marina Park Road. Organizers noted local off-road groups perform yeoman’s work in keeping this area clean. 

Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, disposable gloves, snacks and sodas. Volunteers are advised to wear appropriate clothing, including leather work gloves, closed-toe shoes (preferably leather shoes or boots), long pants, light-colored clothing, sleeves and a hat. Organizers also recommend sunscreen and insect repellant, and drinking plenty of water, which will be provided.

For more information, email TwinButtesCleanup@gmail.com. The effort is organized by the Concho Bass Club, Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Twin Buttes Reservoir is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamations, and managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department through a contract with the City of San Angelo.

Proposed botanical gardens at Civic League Park

The link below are to concepts for proposed botanical gardens at Civic League Park (the water lily park) developed by Mesa Landscape Architecture firm. Mesa was hired by a local group, at its expense (i.e. not tax dollars), that is working toward developing a master plan for the gardens.

Civic League Park Botanical Gardens Concepts by Mesa Design

Plant-a-Tree program

List of trees that are used in the Plant-a-Tree program:

Park endowments

Frances Mertz Memorial Sculpture Maintenance Endowment Fund: Established in memory of Frances Mertz, this fund provides maintenance dollars for San Angelo bronze public art, of which Mrs. Mertz sought to create and propagate. The sheep sculpture at the Bryant Boulevard split and the Los Dos Angelas sculptures at the San Angelo Visitors Center were just some of her dreams .

Elmer Kelton San Angelo Parks Endowment Fund: Established from the proceeds of a special project to build a buffalo sculpture in honor of Kelton's lifetime achievements, endowment proceeds go to the City of San Angelo Parks Commission to provide financial assistance to help maintain this and other sculptures in other city parks.

Elegant Lily Fund: Created by friends of the International Waterlly Collection, this fund was the brainchild of the late Dr. Ralph Chase. The fund will provide perpetual support for the operations of this world-renowned water lily collection.

If you would like to contribute to these worthy endowments, or create your own, contact the San Angelo Area Foundation at 325-947-7071.