Audit Report 10-10, Program and Organization Development, Released

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The Internal Audit Department released their audit report of Program and Organization Development.

The Tampa Parks and Recreation Department manages, maintains, and operates all parks and recreational facilities of the City, and develops and implements programs for cultural and recreational activities. The Tampa parks and recreation system consists of over 3,500 acres of park land including 178 parks, 79 playgrounds, 193 racquet and multi-purpose courts, 96 ball fields, 23 community centers, 14 pools, 5 art studios, 4 cemeteries, and 60 miles of multi-purpose trails. The Parks and Recreation Department has a staff of approximately 470 FTE employees and a budget of $35.7 million.

When the Parks Department and Recreation Department merged in 2003, the new department transitioned into a function-based organizational structure. The new structure created four geographical Service Areas to manage day-to-day operations, a City-Wide Services Area for common maintenance and security, a Planning and Design Division, a Communications and Event Team, and Program and Organizational Development Services (PODS). PODS is responsible for human resources, information technology, and program standards.