About Us - Parks and Recreation


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.

A Little About Us

Our 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.

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.

Awards & Recognition

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.

2016 Excellence in Innovative Programming Award


NRPA National Awards are presented to individuals and agencies to honor their efforts — both professional and personal — in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are selected by the Awards & Scholarship Committee and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

Our department received an award for Excellence in Innovative Programming which highlighted two of NRPA's three pillars of impacting communities.
Tree-Mendous Tampa Free Tree Program (Conservation) has planted close to 3,000 trees, helping to renew the urban forest of our city and provided sustainability to the area.

Tampa's Stay and Play Program (Social Equity) has provided 37,000 teens with a meal and safe place to participate in various activities and leagues.

2016 Jan Abell Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Historic Preservation Category

Jan Abell was a local, passionate preservationist who successfully saved some of Tampa's and Florida's important buildings. This particular award is given out rarely and always to a preserved building.

Perry Harvey, Sr Park is the first non-preserved building to win the award. This park is literally a colorful, engaging, outdoor historical treasure celebrating the significant local heritage and the cultural fabric of the neighborhood it serves.

2016 Urban Excellence - Landmark Development Project Award

We are honored that the Tampa Downtown Partnership recognized Perry Harvey, Sr Park as an iconic space that serves as a magnet to attract people to Downtown by improving the physical environment or by enchancing the economic, cultural or social well-being of the area.