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Recreation and Parks

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615 S. McClelland Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454

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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. 

 

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ALEXANDER POSADA
Director of Recreation & Parks

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260
City Fax: (805) 925.4508
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EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:

  • 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

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • 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

PERSONAL:

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

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

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.

 

2015-16 Goals/Objectives

1. Implement a systematic approach to water conservation in the park system, including re-vegetation of landscape areas, rotation of scheduled watering, use of non-potable water for irrigation, and creation of a public education program about water conservation efforts.
2. Identify and implement a modern software reservation program for parks and facilities, to replace the outdated system, with the objective of enhancing customer service and generating rental income.
3. Develop proposed new class and facilities fees and operational policies to continue services to the community, bring forth for the City Council’s consideration and approval.
4. Continue the implementation of recommendations from the 2013 Community Leisure Assessment and Action Plan, to respond to growth, changing demographics and evolving recreation patterns.
5. Coordinate the activities of the All-America City Committee to provide a conduit for community input on solutions to community issues with an emphasis on community engagement and education.
6. Strive to maintain the highest levels of service to the public, while maintaining strong fiscal control over expenses.
7. Seek grant funding as well as increased sponsorship opportunities for special events, marketing and education campaigns and expand marketing and programming efforts to attract new customers from diverse backgrounds to the Department’s programs and services.
8. Provide an organizational atmosphere that fosters partnerships with local school districts, non-profit agencies, service groups and special interest groups in focusing on downtown activities.an effort to maintain quality recreational opportunities to residents.
9. Expand opportunities for financial and in-kind donations from residents, businesses and others, to supplement the department’s revenues in an effort to offer more recreational and leisure opportunities to City residents.
10. Work with Public Works and Community Development on streetscape improvements, including downtown and other areas, to beautify the community.

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