Dallas, Texas
Dallas Park and Recreation Department

Park and Recreation - Functions

Recreation provides for the management, supervision, coordination, and implementation of an array of leisure service opportunities, including such organized activities as athletics, sports, arts, crafts, drama, physical fitness, music, and aquatics, utilizing recreation centers, athletic fields, swimming pools, open space, schools, and special facilities. Recreation also provides for the assessment, planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of leisure services for senior citizens and disabled persons in cooperation with community agencies and organizations.

Maintenance provides for the maintenance of park lands, street medians, triangles, athletic fields, special non-park properties such as libraries and cemeteries, including the respective shelters, rest rooms, playground equipment and other structures, and picnic equipment. Additional responsibilities include the production of plants; maintenance of electrical and plumbing systems, fountains, pools, and irrigation systems; forestry management; maintenance of interior park walks and drives; and the repair and maintenance of uncommon equipment.

Golf and Tennis provides the public a high quality of golf and tennis opportunities at six, 18-hole golf courses (five locations), three driving ranges, and five tennis centers located throughout Dallas. These facilities provide full services seven days a week including professional instruction, food service, retail sale of merchandise and supplies, and equipment and repair services.

Dallas Zoo and Aquarium provides for the operation of a 100 acre zoological park and a 45,000 square foot aquarium which provides their patrons with exposure to a large representative collection of wildlife from all regions of the world, including many unusual, rare and endangered species, some of which are extinct in wild habitats. In addition to providing such exhibits for the appreciation, education, and leisure enjoyment of the public, the Dallas Zoo and Aquarium play key roles in a global network of breeding and research programs designed to preserve the world's wildlife for future generations. The Zoo and Aquarium also offer extensive on and off-site educational offerings primarily targeted to Dallas youth.

Fair Park provides for the continued year-round operation of Fair Park for the enhancement, development, and improvement of the park as a public entertainment center, international tourist attraction, cultural/museum location, and total leisure service facility. Fair Park will continue to host the annual State Fair, Cotton Bowl Classic, Texas-OU football game, and the Midway through contract with the State Fair of Texas Association.

Educational and Botanical provides financial assistance for facilities, services, and the coordination of various educational and botanical agencies to meet the desires of Dallas residents and visitors through the Dallas Civic Garden Center and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, which provides scientific, educational, and leisure exhibits and programs designed to heighten awareness of the natural world.

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