About Us - Parks and Recreation

Mission

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

Vision

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 advance 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.

National Accreditation

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). Accredited agencies must go through the accreditation process every five years. In September 2021, we were re-accredited as one of the best agencies in the nation. This national recognition has been awarded to fewer than 200 agencies in the country!

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Awards & Recognition

2021 National Gold Medal Award Winner

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department as a winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This highlights our commitment to public safety, keeping kids safe and active and providing top-of-the-line spaces to draw visitors to our city.

In 2018, 2019, and 2020 we were recognized as finalist of this award.

2020 Awards in Excellence: Entertainment and Redevelopment Award Winner

During the 38th Annual Planning and Design Awards, it was announced that our new Madison Street Park was selected to win the Award in Excellence.

Located in Tampa’s Channel District, Madison Street Park was designed with a modern industrial theme as a tribute to the area’s industrial past. At just under an acre, the judges commended how they were able to maximize the limited space and how residents’ preferences were incorporated in the design. By making them stakeholders in the planning process, the City of Tampa created a park that offers its residents a variety of ways to spend time outdoors and is fully accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and those with limited mobility. A pavilion offers the community the opportunity to hold music performances, movies, festivals, and more. Court activities such as shuffleboard, volleyball, pickleball and an artificial turf putting green are available for unscheduled play. It even features a new dog park with artificial turf with separate areas for small and large dogs. While small in size, Madison Street Park offers people and pets of all ages and activity levels a special place to enjoy the outdoors in their unique urban setting.

-The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission

2018 People's Choice Award Winner

The Tampa Riverwalk has earned the designation "Great Places in America: People's Choice" from the American Planning Association.

The Riverwalk has transformed the city and brought a valuable public space to the Tampa community. The vision of Tampa Riverwalk originated in the 1970s and has evolved through different plans and phases, ultimately taking six mayors and 40 years to complete.

The most recent development united the formerly disjointed segments of the path to create a single linear park along the Hillsborough River through the heart of downtown. As more people move to and visit Tampa’s urban core, the Riverwalk provides opportunities for leisurely strolling, biking, and visiting the city’s cultural attractions.


- American Planning Association