To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.
To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city’s parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.
On March 19, 2010 the City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department became one of only ninety agencies in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to respond to 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation is proud to say we fully met all 155 standards and according to the CAPRA Board – “passed with flying colors.”
Our logo is an ever changing, adaptable and fun character that you will spot in our brochures and marketing materials. It’s very imaginative - always looking for fun things to do and share with friends and family.
Parks and Recreation Administration
1400 19th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Taking part in regular recreational activity enhances well-being, reduces stress, uplifts mood and overall physical wellness. Studies show having parks and recreation facilities in convenient proximity to home, school and work have many health benefits including lower systolic blood pressure, lower body mass index, fewer doctor visits, lower stress levels, balanced mood, less depression and increased daily healthy activity. In addition, regular activity enhances quality of life and improves self-esteem, feelings of satisfaction and mental health.
Waterfront parks emerged one hundred years ago with the preservation of our waterfront by our forefathers, William Straub, Peter Demens and Perry Snell. They wanted every resident and visitor to have access to the waterfront. In the 1950’s the first recreation center began with a lawn bowling and shuffleboard club at Mirror Lake. St. Petersburg became known for its many beautiful parks and recreation facilities. As St. Petersburg grows, so do the opportunities for activity in all its neighborhoods. The legacy continues today with 17 recreation facilities, 9 swimming pools, over 150 parks, over 70 athletic fields, with programming for all ages and abilities.