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.

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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

CAPRA Accredited Agency

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 180 agencies in the country!

Awards & Recognition

2018, 2019, and 2020 National Gold Medal Award Finalist

2020 Gold Medal Finalist Logo

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 finalist for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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

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 provide 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 enhancing the economic, cultural or social well-being of the area.