Parks & Recreation

Our Mission - 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.
Our Vision - The Parks and Recreation Department will provide the vibrant city of St. Petersburg with innovative, interactive opportunities to live, work and play within the community by offering a healthy, protected, sustainable and inclusive parks and recreation system.

On March 19, 2010 the City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department became one of only ninety agencies in the country 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. The City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department is proud to say we fully met all 155 standards and according to the CAPRA Board, “passed with flying colors.”

St. Pete Ranks No. 1 in FL and No. 17 in the U.S. for Parks System - The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit organization with a mission to "create parks and protect land for people,” has ranked the City of St. Petersburg No. 1 in Florida and No. 17 in this year’s ParkScore® rating.
The 2019 ParkScore® index analyzed 100 of the largest U.S. cities using a mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well each city is meeting the need for parks. Each city was scored in four different categories:
  • Acreage – median park size
  • Investment – spending per resident
  • Amenities – an average of six key park facilities on a per capita basis
  • Access – percentage of population living within a 10-minute walk of a public park

Forestry and Park Maintenance Work Requests

The Parks and Recreation Department responds to a variety of work request types from tree trimming and removal to park maintenance. These requests are submitted by the public and staff through SeeClickFix.  

Facility Rentals

The Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide variety of facilities and parkland that are available for rent throughout the year.  Rentals are available for athletic fields, centers, pools, parks, and preserves.

Program Participants

The Parks & Recreation Department offers hundreds of classes and sports lessons for people of all ages and abilities. Classes are specifically designed to meet the increasing needs of the active St. Petersburg community. Each recreation center offers a variety of unique programs for youth, teens, adults and seniors of all abilities.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

A unique nature attraction located in St. Petersburg, the preserve offers an abundance of amenities and activities for everyone. It’s home to Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center that offers camps and programs, the Environmental Studies Area and the historic Pioneer Settlement, as well as fascinating habitats!

Aquatic Programs

The Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of aquatics programs and activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy, including swim lessons, lap swimming, private swim lessons, summer camp, fitness classes and therapeutic recreation classes.

Grants & Partnerships

The Parks and Recreation Department actively seeks grants and partnerships to enhance programs for the benefit of the citizens and visitors of St. Petersburg. These awards focus on youth development, health and wellness, infrastructure improvements, and other important areas which impact our community.