The City of Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department provides numerous recreational opportunities for citizens of all ages living in Tallahassee and Leon County. Named “Best in America” by the National Recreation and Park Association, the department operates and maintains 3,526 acres of well-managed parkland – ranging from neighborhood playgrounds to regional parks. The City’s park system includes both active recreational complexes complete with a wide variety of athletic facilities and passive parks where visitors may simply enjoy the quiet natural surroundings.
The department is responsible for coordinating recreation and leisure opportunities at nine multi-purpose community centers, four specialty complexes including the Tallahassee Senior Center and an arts and crafts center, comprehensive gymnastics facility, a historic home now preserved as meeting/reception facility, 23 playgrounds, 86 athletic fields, and 55 tennis courts. The department also operates seven municipal aquatic facilities and two golf courses- the 18-hole Hilaman Park Golf Course and the 9-hole Jake Gaither Golf Course. The park system features 56 miles of beautiful trails designed for walking, biking and paddling, 2 dog parks, a skate park, 2 disc golf courses and a Miracle League Baseball field for those with disabilities.
Many of Tallahassee’s most popular special events are staged by the Parks and Recreation Department including the Celebrate America event on July 4, Springtime Tallahassee, Red Hills Horse Trials and our area’s largest nighttime event, the hugely popular Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights. For more information please visit www.talgov.com/parks.