MissionSupport a vibrant, active quality of life for all ages, abilities and interests of the Santa Clara community through excellent parks and recreational facilities, community services, programs, and events.
The City has developed municipal park facilities in order to provide its residents with a variety of recreation programs and services. The Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for managing and maintaining the City's beautiful park system, recreation facilities, pools, and cemeteries and providing programs, services and activities that enhance residents’ lives and contribute to the health and wellness of the community.
In September 2013, Council adopted a goal to enhance community sports and recreational assets. Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding is prioritized and allocated on an annual basis from available sources such as the Capital Project Reserve Fund, the Housing Development Impact Fees (subject to Quimby Act & Mitigation Fee Act) and supplemented with grants, corporate and individual donations.
The City of Santa Clara has prioritized the renovation of parks and replacement of playgrounds and related facilities to meet accessibility, consumer product safety guidelines, and to improve the recreational play value. In addition, the Parks & Recreation Department has used research based best practices to create a Public Park Amenity & Design Standard for planning of new and expanded play spaces, with the goal of providing 2.53 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents.
http://santaclaraca.gov/home/showdocument?id=56758 (Park Amenity & Design Standard)
To read about Parks & Recreation research click on the links below…
- 40 Developmental Assets (PDF)
- Elements of Play
- Place Making
- Play Value
- Outdoor Fitness
- Age Friendly Cities
- Age Friendly Parks
- Sustainable Parks
- Cities of Tomorrow Will Need Conservation and Sustainability
History of Parks & Recreation Department
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Existing City Parks:
Machado Park (1961), Maywood Park (1961), Westwood Oaks Park (1961), Central Park (1962), Civic Center Park (1966), International Swim Center (1966), Bracher Park (1969), Earl Carmichael Park (1969)
Rotary Park (1970), Agnew Park (1970), Montague Park (1970), Gymnastics Center (1971), Senior Center (1972),Fremont Park (1973), Community Recreation Center (1975), Parkway Park (1976), Henry Schmidt Park (1977)
Fairway Glen Park (1980), Jenny Strand Park (1987)
Lick Mill Park (1991), Fuller Street Park (1999)