The vision of the Parks & Recreation Department is to be the premier provider of parks and recreation to make San Angelo the West Texas standard for opportunity, prosperity and quality of life. Our mission is to acquire, develop, operate and maintain a parks and recreation system that enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors alike, and preserves it for future generations.
The Parks & Recreation Department is comprised of the following divisions:
Parks Administration is responsible for oversight of the other divisions, along with the development of and programming in City parks and other facilities within the department. It also administers the City's Special Events Policy and processes Special Events Applications.
The Recreation Division manages facilities such as the City's two recreation centers, Love Municipal Pool, the San Angelo Nature Center and the Texas Bank Sports Complex. Additionally, Rec is responsible for a host of programming, including senior services, athletics, an aquatic program, summer day camps and special events such as the annual Date Night.
Tickets are on sale now for the 26th annual Date Night, themed “A Knight’s Tale in the Enchanted Forest,” on Feb. 13-16.
Daddy/Daughter Date Nights will be on Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 13 and 15. Mother/Son Date Night will be on Tuesday, Feb. 14. A special Family Date Night, which will include a catered dinner, will be Thursday, Feb. 16. Each night will be hosted in the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. by the Recreation arm of the City of San Angelo’s Parks & Recreation Department.
Tickets cost $12 each for the first three nights and $20 for the final night. Tickets are on sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays in the Recreation offices at Santa Fe Crossing, 702 S. Chadbourne St.
Date Night aims to give girls and boys ages 5-13 a special night during which they are the sole focus of their parent’s attention. The event includes music from a deejay, dancing, snacks, door prizes plus the opportunity to purchase mementos.
For more information, call the Recreation offices at 325-657-4450.
Date Night is co-sponsored by Ranger Aviation, Sunset Eye Care, Randall Motors, Holiday Cleaners, Texas Leadership Charter Academy, City Lumber & Wholesale, Holland’s Jewelry, Angelo Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Korona’s Formal Wear, AEP Texas, Burger King, Shirley Floral Co. & Greenhouse, Celebraciones Bellas, Pepsi, Foster Communications and the San Angelo Standard-Times.
The Civic Events Division manages seven municipally owned facilities, most notably the McNease Convention Center, Foster Communications Coliseum, the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage and the City Auditorium. In addition to renting facilities for events, Civic Events provides support services to the events in the venues.
Fairmount Cemetery has served as the final resting place of San Angeloans since 1893. The cemetery's staff maintains Fairmount's 57 acres in accordance with state laws governing perpetual care cemeteries. Cemetery employees also provide services and assistance to the public and to funeral homes, as well as genealogy information to interested parties.
Fort Concho is a City-owned and -operated National Historic Landmark that encompasses most of the Army post that was established in 1867 and includes 23 original and restored structures. The fort hosts a wide range of public events that are historical, educational and entertaining in nature, most notably the annual Christmas at Old Fort Concho. Like the other Parks operations, Fort Concho's policies are considered by a citizens advisory board.
Parks is responsible for the maintenance of City parks. This includes the repair, upkeep and replacement of playground equipment, restrooms and other amenities, watering and mowing of parklands and playing fields, maintenance of trees and emptying trash.