City of Arlington, Texas

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City of Arlington, Texas


As the parks and recreation industry evolves, our organization will adapt thorough, emerging technology, creative management practices and non-traditional funding opportunities.

--Pete Jamieson, Director of Parks and Recreation

Programs

In addition to recreation, athletics, aquatics, golf and tennis, Arlington offers a number of special events and it is home to "Light up Arlington" which attracts more than 30,000 people for an evening in downtown to celebrate our nation's independence.

On the road to Super Bowl XLV, Arlington developed a strategic approach to planting trees and educating the public on the value of an urban forest through Super Grow XLV, Leading up to the big game, the city developed a number of events and partnerships to plant more than 700 trees in celebration of the Super Bowl that Arlington hosted in February 2011.

Vision Statement

Arlington is a vibrant city that enjoys a high quality of life through great parks and exceptional recreational opportunities, These services provide a foundation for the physical, social, economic and environmental viability and well-being of the community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is to provide quality facilities and services that are responsive to a diverse community and sustained with a focus on partnerships, innovation, and environmental leadership.

Awards & Citations

* 2011 NRPA Park/Facility Design Award, Class I--Johnson Creek

* 2011 Media Excellence Award--Smartphone Application

* 2011 Lone Star Programming Award--Plant 2,010 NBA All-Star Trees in 100 Days

* 2011 Keep Texas Beautiful Gold Star Affiliate

* 2010 Barb King Award for Environmental Leadership

* Playful City USA, 2010, 2009, 2008

* Tree City USA--12 years

Challenges & Issues

Like most communities, Arlington has been working to balance the challenges of a struggling economy, In 2011, the Parks and Recreation Department finalized a cost recovery policy to guide and improve operational efficiencies and the overall financial position. The plan provides direction to improve current cost recovery (exceeding 70 percent) while focusing on expenditure reductions, program growth, and marketing opportunities.

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Keys to Success

Continuously assessing opportunities and trends to drive program participation and revenue growth.

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