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. 

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 Waterlily 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.