About Us - Parks and Recreation

Parks & Recreation LogoThe Parks and Recreation Department's highest priority is to meet the Mayor's goal of advancing the quality of life in Tampa's neighborhoods by delivering consistent services; maintaining the safety and appearance of city parks and recreation facilities; and instilling community pride.

We offer a diverse range of programming for all members of the community while maintaining and operating over 3,500 acres of park land, with more than 170 parks, 23 community centers, 14 aquatic facilities, and over 60 miles of multi-purpose trails. Our parks and facilities feature amenities to suit all interests including athletic fields and courts; arts, performance and event spaces; fitness and wellness opportunities; marine and waterfront areas; natural and open spaces; playgrounds and picnic shelters; just to name a few. Locate a park or facility near you!


To provide and preserve quality parks and recreation opportunities for all.


A quality park system that meets the community's need for recreation and learning opportunities to benefit health and well-being.

National Accreditation

CAPRA Accredited

On November 2, 2011, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department was recognized for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by becoming the 100th agency in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). In October 2016, we were re-accredited as one of the best agencies in the nation. This national recognition has been awarded to fewer than 160 agencies in the country!

Accreditation is the result of an extensive review by CAPRA. Commission members visited and assessed the Department's parks and program, and showed how we comply with 151 Commission standards. This recognition means that your Parks and Recreation Department has neighborhood parks that are well-run, and recreation programs that satisfy residents' needs and interests.