Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation Department Mission

We offer park and recreation services which are essential to the health and well-being of those who live, work and play in Salida. We do this through the provision and facilitation of parks, recreation, open spaces and trails while working cooperatively with other service providers in order to maximize our common resources.

Core Services Provided

The Parks and Recreation Department provides the following core services:

Parks, Trails and Open Space

  • Maintenance through providing trash removal, repairing and installing irrigation, cleaning and repairing restrooms, mitigating graffiti, maintaining turf, removing snow, and supporting special events,


  • Offer a variety of recreation programs, camps, leagues, and events for all ages throughout the year including adult and youth baseball, girls softball, pickleball, kickball, dodgeball, roller derby, youth writing, knife skills, yoga, cooking, whitewater safety, volleyball, winter bingo, babysitter training, avalanche training, basketball and tennis,
  • Manage park rentals and special events such as Touch-a-Truck, 10k-a-Day, FIBArk, and BikeFest,
  • Partner with various local organizations with the goal of enriching the lives of our residents and visitors,
  • Communicate with the public through Instagram, Facebook, newspaper notices and flyers,


  • Maintenance of the aquatics facility including power washing the entire facility, disinfecting and cleaning the locker rooms each night, vacuuming the pools, trash removal, cleaning sand filters, cleaning chlorinators, pump maintenance and replacement, motor maintenance and replacement, painting, replacing underwater lights, and more,
  • Ensure the comfort and safety of the pools by checking/monitoring and adjusting free chlorine levels, total residual chlorine levels, PH levels, oxidation reduction potential, temperature monitoring and adjustments, stocking chlorinators, and stocking the acid feed tank,
  • Manage approximately six miles of pipeline for hot spring water transport and manage the 185 acres of hot spring source property,
  • Manage the facility needs for other city-owned buildings including the Touber building, the multi-use facility, the Scout Hut, the Fire Department, the Community Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the KHEN building and the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) building at a variety of levels, based on tenant needs,


  • Advocate for and promote the Hot Springs Aquatic Center,
  • Greet aquatic center visitors, execute transactions, answer questions, supervise swimmers, instruct classes and clean the facility,
  • Develop water-based programs that address fitness, range of motion, flexibility, arthritis, chronic pain and mental health.

Parks Organizational Chart

Parks Org_chart

Parks & Recreation Mission and Goals

Parks & Recreation Key Performance Indicators