The Parks and Recreation Department's mission is to provide indoor and outdoor leisure services to the El Paso community to develop skills, socialize, experience nature and live a healthier lifestyle.
The City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department aims to provide indoor and outdoor leisure services to persons of all ages so they can develop skills, socialize, experience nature, relax and live a healthier lifestyle.
The Parks and Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation organizations across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
The department places in the 1 percent of agencies nationwide, as well as being the 15th agency in the state to be nationally accredited. El Paso Parks & Recreation has been nationally accredited since 2018 and works to continuously meet 151 rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety, and services. Once accredited, the organization must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report which is reviewed again in five years.
801 Texas Ave., 2nd Floor El Paso, TX 79901(915) 212-0092 (915) 212-0093
Contact Usparksandrecreation@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1714
Ben FyffeCultural Affairs and Recreation Managing DirectorFyffeBE@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1708
Pablo CaballeroAssistant DirectorCaballeroPE@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-8018
Claudia CisnerosAdmin. Services ManagerCisnerosCX@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1715
Ana McCraniePublic Affairs CoordinatorMccranieAD@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1769
Karla ChavezParks Planning & Development ManagerChavezkx1@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1724
Carlos RodriguezRecreation Programs ManagerRodriguezCA@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1730
Brenda RomeroRecreation Programs Manager, Aquatics DivisionRomeroBA@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1704
Monica VargasRecreation Programs Manager, Sports DivisionVargasM@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1719
Enrique ValadezRecreation Program Manager, Senior DivisionValadezEX@elpasotexas.gov(915) 212-1731
Learn the basic skills and training to become a lifeguard for the American Red Cross.
Open to ages 12 years and older.
Cost: $24 for Residents $30 for Non-Residents
Locations: Memorial Aquatic Center | Tuesday & Thursday 7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. William W. Cowan Aquatic Center | Tuesday & Thursday 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Hawkins Aquatic Center | Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Veterans Aquatic Center | Monday & Wednesday 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The City of El Paso Parks & Recreation is offering lifeguard classes.
Find more information on lifeguard training classes dates here.
For registration and more information, please visit or call Memorial Aquatic Center: 3521 Copper Avenue (915) 212-0524 Call Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or Monday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Participants must be 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course. Prerequisite: (Must attend every day of the registered class.) The classes are blended learning lifeguard courses; access to the internet is required to complete online portions of the course. All online portions are required to be completed by the first day of class.
Except for those powers granted in Section 2.20.060, the board of parks and recreation shall act as an advisory committee to the Mayor and City Council in efforts to promote close cooperation between the City and all private citizens, institutions, and agencies interested in the establishment and development of parks and recreation activities.
The board consists of 9 members appointed by the Mayor and each City Council Representative. The board holds monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of a given month, except for the month of December. A minimum of 5 members must be present in order to hold a meeting, The duties of the board are as follows:
Members shall be residents of the city and known to be interested in parks and recreation.
All members will serve 4-year terms. Members shall not serve more than 2 consecutive terms. Appointments to vacancies that occur other than by expiration of a member's term of office shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor and City Council for the remainder of the unexpired term. Committee membership is not transferable or assignable.