615 S. McClelland Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454

The Department of Recreation and Parks' mission is to enrich the lives of the residents of Santa Maria through quality recreation programs and services; and to provide safe and well-maintained facilities and parks, while anticipating the changing needs of the community. The department operates 234 acres of developed parkland in 27 neighborhood and community parks, part of the 1,774-acre Los Flores Ranch Park property, the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, the Hagerman Softball Complex, Paul Nelson Aquatics Center, Elwin Mussell Senior Center, Veterans' Memorial Center and other community centers. The department provides programs in aquatics, youth and adult sports, therapeutics and senior services, Special Olympics, community classes and events, youth and teen programs, and Families For the First Decade programs. It also runs the City's Urban Forest Program.

Recreation Guide

Leisure Needs Assessment and Action Plan 2013
Parks Location Map
Final Appendix
Recreation and Parks Department Organizational Chart

photo-Alexander Posada, Director of Recreation and Parks ALEXANDER POSADA
Director of Recreation & Parks

City Phone: (805) 925.0951 x260
City Fax: (805) 925.4508


  • Social Services, San Jose State University
  • Social Work, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Public Administration, La Salle University
  • Director of Recreation and Parks, City of Santa Maria
  • Interim Recreation Superintendent, City of Santa Maria
  • Recreation Supervisor, City of Santa Maria
  • Facility Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Social Worker I, County of Santa Barbara
  • Recreation Specialist, City of Santa Maria
  • Recreation Specialist, Hayward Area District
  • Teen Counselor, City of San Jose


  • Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria
  • United Way of the Central Coast
  • Santa Maria Affiliate Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Advisory Committee, Special Olympics Southern California
  • North County American Red Cross Disaster Services
  • American Red Cross


  • Marital status: Married
  • Children: Three
  • General interests: Travel and photography


Responsible for the daily operations and management of the Recreation and Parks Department. Provide staff support to the City Manager's Office, City Council and Recreation and Parks Commission. Supervise a staff of 30 full-time and 32 permanent part-time, assigned to 5 major divisions: Parks, Landscape Districts, Urban Forest, Recreation, and Administration. Services are provided in the following areas: city parks (225+ acres), part of Los Flores Ranch Park, publicly managed trees (30,000+), street medians, storm basins and rights-of-way (45+ acres), Santa Maria Town Center landscaping and parking structures, 7 major recreation facilities offering specialty recreation classes and programs and support to community based recreation programs i.e., youth basketball, youth soccer, etc.

Mission Statement
To enrich the lives of the residents of Santa Maria and surrounding areas through the provision of quality recreation and park facilities, programs and services, while being intuitive and responsive to the leisure needs of our customers.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Implement recommendations associated with the City Council-approved 2013 Community Leisure Assessment and Action Plan as opportunities arise while giving consideration to stakeholders input for desired programs and services.
  2. Continue to oversee the All-America City Committee to provide a conduit for community opportunities, solutions to improve community aesthetics and other objectives, and to better serve the diverse needs of the community.
  3. Strive to maintain the highest levels of service to the public, while maintaining strong fiscal control over expenses, by utilizing a prioritization service delivery system that efficiently and effectively maintains parks and community buildings.
  4. Develop proposed alternative revenue sources, as part of an evaluation of the current operations and structure of the Department, with a goal of making the necessary changes to maintain quality, mission-critical programs and services to the community with limited resources.
  5. Seek grant funding as well as seek increased sponsorship opportunities for summertime youth employment through business and civic organizations.
  6. Maintain the contractual agreement with the High School District for the operation and maintenance of the Districtís three swimming pools, and allow for the Santa Maria and Pioneer Valley High pools to provide public access during non-school hours for community recreation programs.
  7. Provide an organizational atmosphere that fosters partnerships with local school districts, non-profit agencies, service groups and special interest organizations.
  8. Continue working with non-profit organizations, schools, health care providers, businesses, and funding partners throughout the Santa Maria Valley, in an effort to maintain quality recreational opportunities to residents.
  9. Expand marketing efforts and fundraising opportunities in the community through PLAY.
  10. Through expanded marketing and programming efforts, attract new customers from diverse backgrounds to the Departmentís programs and services.