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, 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. 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.