ABOUT PARKS & RECREATION
The Parks and Recreation Departmentís vision is to provide memorable and healthy experiences through sustainable parks and recreation services.
We strive to achieve our vision by designing and maintaining parks and facilities that meet current and future needs; offering recreational programs that promote health, fun and lifelong learning; and providing exceptional service to our customers.
The Parks and Recreation Department Administrator, Bob Roessler, oversees a full-time staff of 68 that manages 92 parks, 18 miles of off-street trails, two community centers, four recreation centers, and two aquatics complexes and provides recreational, sports, health, fitness and educational activities and special events for all ages.
The Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of four divisions:
Our activity guide detailing all activities and a complete park listing is published three times per year and is available at CSD offices and on our activity guide page. The success of current and future programs depends on you and your participation. Show your support by registering for classes and attending one of our many special events.
Donít forget, if you have any feedback or questions regarding our parks, facilities or activities, please leave us a comment with our How Are We Doing Customer Service program.
The Administration Division is an essential service for the successful operation of the Parks and Recreation Department. Some of the important items that the Administration Division oversees include the Departmentís:
- Vision and Planning
- Operating Budget
- Liaison with the Cosumnes Legacy Foundation
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Staff Training and Development
- Records Rentention
- Fixed Assets
- Fee Schedule
The Administration Division also provides administrative and clerical support to the Park Maintenance Division, Park Planning Division, Recreation Division and Cosumnes Legacy Foundation.
For more information pertaining to the items managed by the Administration Division, please contact Bob Roessler, Administrator.
Park Planning Division
The Park Planning Division manages the development of parks within the District by adhering to the Board approved Department Capitol Improvement Plan (CIP). The park development process and the latest park development projects can be located on the Park Development webpage.
The staff within the division also develop master plans for new parks; conduct community outreach meetings and respond to community concerns; manage consultants during the construction documentation phase of new parks; handle in-house design and construction documentation; prepare cost estimates for new park development, park upgrades and park renovations; and plan review and comment on private and public development projects that impact the CSD.
For more information pertaining to the items managed by the Park Planning Division, please contact Paul Mewton, Chief of Planning, Design and Construction.
The Recreation Division is comprised of the following sections:
- Aquatics & Leisure / Therapeutic Recreation
- Teens & Skate Park
- Youth Development
- Special Events
- Golf Course
For more information pertaining to the items managed by the Recreation Division, please contact Kelly Gonzalez, Recreation Superintendent.
Aquatics and Leisure / Therapeutic Recreation
The Aquatics section is dedicated to providing our community a safe outdoor space for participants to play. Aquatics include: swim lessons, aquatic classes, recreation swim, lap swim, water aerobics, junior guard, pool rentals and parties.
The Leisure staff works hard in promoting life long learning through our contracted classes. We offer over 150 types of contracted classes for youth through adult. Classes range from art, culinary, dance, education, fitness, golf, martial arts, music, science, tennis, theater and more! All classes can be found in our current sessionís Activity Guide or at e-Reg.
We provide individuals with disabilities places to gather, socialize and learn new life skills. Our Therapeutic Recreation programs consist of classes, dances and special events. In addition, we offer assessments to those with disabilities that may allow them to participate in all of our recreation programs with reasonable accommodations.
Teens and Skate Park
Teens need positive activities that keep them engaged. Our Teens & Skate Park section provides activities such as our afterschool programs at the Grove Teen Center and Skate Park, summer camps, leadership groups, skate boarding skills development classes, special events and service learning opportunities. We provide more than a place to hang out. We empower teens to become healthy productive adults
Our children classes, preschool and school age programs foster youth development by introducing children to experiences that they will remember for a lifetime. Curriculum offers opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative growth.
The Special Events staff organizes over 60 special events annually. These programs strengthen community image and sense of place by engaging local residents in a social environment at their local parks and facilities. These events, such as, the Giant Pumpkin Festival, Father Daughter Dances and Creek Week Clean Up, have become community and family traditions.
Special Events staff also manage sponsorships between local business and the CSD. Sponsorships provide an opportunity to literally shake hands with consumers and develop a relationship.
The Emerald Lakes Golf Course provides 48 acres of beautiful and lush open space close to home. The golf course brings together families, grandparents and grand children to the game of golf. Private and Group lessons are offered year-round by PGA certified instructors. Online tee time booking is also available.
The CSD offers places to host celebrations, birthday parties, weddings and many more memorable moments. Rental information for our facilities can be located on our Rental website.
Park Maintenance Division
The Park Maintenance Division maintains over 940 acres of parks, corridors, creeks, and trails through the Landscape and Lighting Assessment District (L&L) budget.
Staff supervises maintenance contracts for CSD and City owned parks, corridors and medians. They repair and maintain irrigation systems, facilities, playgrounds and handle painting, concrete work, safety inspections, carpentry, vandalism repair, and graffiti removal.
Staff monitor a 24-Hour Maintenance Hotline (405-5688) and Non-Urgent Request Form
For more information pertaining to the items managed by the Park Maintenance Division, please contact Steve Sims, Park Superintendent.