The benefits of recreation and leisure are limitless. Through programmed and self-facilitated recreation, a variety of benefits to individuals and society are achieved. Recreational experiences also are important as an end in themselves for personal enjoyment. It is the mission of the Recreation & Parks Department to:
Strengthen community image and sense of place
Parks, recreation facilities, programs and community events are key factors in strengthening community image and creating sense of place.
Foster human development
Parks and recreation services foster social, intellectual, physical and emotional development of children, youth and adults.
Strengthen safety and security
Park and recreation professionals provide safe environments for recreation and design programs and services specifically to reduce criminal activity.
Support economic development
Recreation programs and facilities attract and retain businesses and residents, as well as attract tourists. Parks and recreation provides jobs and generates income for the community and for local businesses. Park maintenance staff maintain parks and community facilities to protect public investments.
Increase cultural unity
Parks and recreation increases cultural unity through experiences that promote cultural understanding and celebrate our growing diversity.
Promote health and wellness
Participation in recreation improves physical and emotional health.
Facilitate community problem-solving
Park and recreation professionals provide opportunities for facilitation and leadership that can be applied to resolve community problems and issues.
For a full listing of current recreation programs, view the Quarterly Activity Guide.