Parks & Recreation

Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budget

Department Finance Information

Department Name: Parks & Recreation Department

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE: https://www.tampagov.net/parks-and-recreation

VISION AND MISSION:

Tampa Parks and Recreation Department’s vision is to provide a resilient, quality park system that meets the community’s needs for recreation and learning opportunities to benefit health and well-being. The department’s mission is to develop and preserve the City’s parks, land, and recreation facilities and to provide quality parks and recreation opportunities for all residents and visitors.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

  • Provide equitable, inclusive, and quality recreational opportunities that will focus on encouraging health and wellness, promoting respect and appreciation of the environment, and supporting the arts and culture;
  • Plan for future open space needs of the City by increasing restoration of the urban forest and open space with a focus on preservation through community partnerships and seek ways to revitalize City parks;
  • Manage the City’s land and facilities in a manner that contributes to public pride and community involvement, developing a strategic asset management plan, and preparing for emergencies; and
  • Collect and analyze information that supports the efficient and effective management of land, facilities, staff, services, and community partnerships to deliver sustainable quality programs and services.

CURRENT OPERATIONS AND INITIATIVES:

  • This coming year there are several capital projects to improve our existing recreational amenities. Those improvements include funding for security cameras and enhanced park lighting at our most critical park locations. Enhancing the access to our parks by all our residents by supporting our plan to achieve Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
  • Improvements and protection of park shorelines by making repair or replacement to sea walls, boardwalks and piers. As to recreational programming, the department will continue to offer a wide variety of programs, leagues and classes across the City for all ages. Stay and Play will again provide positive leisure time opportunities for our youth summer evenings daily until midnight. All of these efforts are to provide a balanced, efficient, effective, and responsive parks and recreation system.

Department Performance Measures

PERFORMANCE CHART STORY: https://stories.opengov.com/tampa/published/INQX2NnmW


Program Registrants


Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programs for different age groups. Although the summer season is the shortest it is typically the busiest as we provide families a place to send kids during the summer months.


This is a summary of all registrants by calendar year.


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Afterschool Programs


The afterschool program offered through Parks and Recreation provides an after-care program for parents once school is done for the day. Because this program overlaps two seasons it is monitored separately by school year.


This is a summary of afterschool registrants by school year.


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Tree-Mendous Tampa Program


The Tree-mendous Tampa Program is a free program that provides individuals and neighborhood associations with trees for planting on City land, greenways, and street rights of way.


This is a summary of the trees planted by variety.


The above chart is interactive. Hovering over areas of the chart will display information. Users are also invited to click on the chart and drill into the details.

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Operating Budget Analysis

Revenues earned by this General Fund department do not fully fund the department’s operations. General revenues provide the remaining funding.


Personnel Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to increases in salaries, pension contributions, and healthcare costs. Operating Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to increases in park repairs, grounds maintenance, and park security. Operating Capital Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to increases in equipment replacement.

Operating Budget

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Capital Project Details

Parks and Recreation

Tampa continues its commitment towards community-centric quality services with a $9.6 million investment in FY2022 for Parks and Recreation neighborhood projects. Specific projects include $2.6 for the East Tampa Recreational Complex, $2.4 million for the Forest Hills Park Improvements, $1.7 million for the New Tampa Inclusive Playground, $1.1 million for Rivercrest Park Boardwalk Renovations, $0.8 million for Small Neighborhood Parks, as well as $1.0 million for various projects including ADA improvements, security lighting, shade structures, and the demolition of old structures.


The Capital Improvement Program Budget does not include cost allocation.


For a PDF Collection of Project Detail pages, click here.


Note: "To Date" Budget and Actual Balances on PDF pages are as of preparation of the budget and may not match the "To Date" balances on department pages.

Capital Improvement Program Budget

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Total Budget

Budgeted Position Counts

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