To be the premier provider of parks and recreation to make San Angelo the West Texas standard for opportunity, prosperity and quality of life.
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.
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.
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 Operations 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.
Who we are
Surrounded by soothing nature, distinctive parks, lakes, recreational and athletic facilities, Fort Concho, an historic cemetery, event venues and the friendliest folks you’ll find anywhere, San Angelo, Texas, is truly a pearl nestled among three Concho rivers.
Charged with oversight of our many diverse and distinctive parks, San Angelo’s Parks and Recreation Department aims to meet the needs of age-appropriate activities, engaging and enjoyable play areas, diverse athletic fields and programs, competitive and recreational athletic events, beautiful gardens, the world-renowned International Water Lily Collection, walking paths and trails, and community created art. Our lakes provide boating, fishing, camping and a nature center that teaches the relationships between mankind and other creatures. Fort Concho connects us to our western heritage through participatory living history events and displays. We provide these special places for our citizens and visitors to view or to participate in activities, and to develop healthy and meaningful lifestyles, enabling them to live their lives to their fullest and to create good, lasting and important memories.
San Angelo Parks and Recreation is an integral part of a vibrant and thriving arts and entertainment scene, including the Civic Ballet and Symphony, one of the oldest continuous community theaters in Texas, and live venues of country, blues, jazz, blue grass and classical music. The city’s most popular annual events are hosted at our parks and facilities and include: the rodeo, one of the largest Easter egg hunts in Texas, sports tournaments, boat races, July 3rd Pops concert, River and Lily fests, Christmas lights tour, and Christmas at Old Fort Concho.
By providing equitable, attractive, fiscally responsible, engaging, and safe places and opportunities that are desirable to the public, we encourage the development of healthy lifestyles and community for our citizens and visitors. By doing so, we provide these key benefits:
- Individual physical and mental health – parks, athletics, recreation programs and events promote healthy living and work/life balance.
- Social health – bringing folks together to interact, play and socialize creates healthy societal bonds.
- Environmental health – preserving and sustaining natural habitats and watersheds.
- Economic health -- creating a healthy citizenry that is more productive and less costly in terms of health care; sustaining healthy property values in proximity to well-developed and maintained parks and public spaces; enriching the local economy with substantial tourism.
Parks Department plans progress in 2016
San Angelo’s parks department is never actually idling in park. On the contrary, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department is always driving forward. 2016 will be no exception.
Our 2016 to-do list includes no fewer than two dozen new projects, programs and offerings. They range from construction of an eagerly anticipated dog park to kayaking and kickball (the latter two won’t happen simultaneously). The efforts are too numerous to list here in their entirety. But here are some highlights of the year ahead:
- Final touches to the Red Arroyo Trail will be completed this year. A 14-foot-wide concrete path that connects Sherwood Way to Knickerbocker Road, the trail is already attracting droves of dog-walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters.
Afterward, we and Art in Uncommon Places will be adding pieces of public artwork along the path, and commencing construction of the dog park near Unidad Park. San Angelo’s first “bark park” will feature fenced-in play areas for large and for small breeds.
- We’ll complete the conversion of Bradford Elementary’s grounds into a neighborhood park and begin renovating and improving Brentwood Park. Ramps will be added at Glenmore Park for canoes and kayaks, and at Lake Nasworthy’s Spring Creek Park for boats.
- We’ll work to improve two places where youngsters play ball.
At Texas Bank Sports Complex, new safety netting on most fields will keep foul balls from flying into spectators. A restroom and concessions building will be added at the Twin Mountain Dentistry Quad.
Design work will begin on a voter-approved, $1.75 million face lift of the 29th Street Sports Complex. Four playing fields and one practice field will be returned to usable standards.
The Recreation Division will expand its kickball league, which “kicked off” last year, and add pony league baseball for teens.
- A bandstand will soon grace the Fort Concho parade grounds for the first time in centuries. The fort will also engage in separate design phases in preparation for the reconstruction of Barracks 3 and 4, and for construction of a new visitors center.
- Historic Fairmount Cemetery will see the completion of a 462-niche columbaria for the interment of ashen remains. While Fairmount still has many burial plots, this is a nod to a growing trend of families preferring to inter cremains as opposed to traditional in-ground burials.
- An 18-hole miniature golf course will open during spring break in The Bosque along the Concho River. That new feature will complement the current offerings of sand volleyball, bocce ball, washer-pitching and chess. At the same time, an adjacent concession stand will open for business, offering food, drinks, an assortment of play items, plus kayaks and paddleboats. We’ll also launch kayaking classes.
- Leading up to the fourth annual River Fest – which promises to be the biggest and best yet – we’ll host a monthly, family-friendly, Sunday evening music series. More details on that to come.
- Lastly, the renovation and expansion of City Auditorium begins. The San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition plans to reopen that re-polished jewel in 2017.