Parks & Recreation

Providing indoor and outdoor leisure services to the El Paso Community to develop skills, socialize, experience nature, and live a healthier lifestyle.

Parks & Recreation Department

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 and is reviewed again in five years.

Advisory Board of Parks & Recreation

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:

  1. The board of parks and recreation shall advise on the improvement and development of parks and recreation facilities, services and programs.
  2. The board of parks and recreation shall advise on park naming and shall review and provide input to the mayor and city council on other legislative matters submitted to the board by the director of the department of parks and recreation.
  3. The board of parks and recreation shall create a subcommittee that will advise on developing a comprehensive tree management program for the care of trees, to include proposed changes to the tree care ordinance, landscape ordinance, the city's approved list of plants to be planted on public property and within public rights-of-way, and guidelines for the planting, maintenance and removal of trees.

Qualifications & Members

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.

Name Date Appointed Date Expires Appointed By Type
Adjemian, Michael 6/9/2020 10/14/2025 District 3 R
Aleman, Anna 6/25/2019 10/14/2025 District 2 R
Bigney, Robert 12/10/2019 10/14/2023 District 8 R
Carrillo, Marcella 10/12/2021 10/14/2025 District 7 R
Delgado, Fernando 12/14/2021 10/14/2025 District 6 R
Morgades, Martin 11/12/2019 10/14/2023 District 1 R
Smith, Julia 10/17/2017 10/14/2021 District 4 R
VACANT     District 5 R
Zuloaga, Deborah 2/16/2021 10/14/2025 Mayor R