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  • March Madness Dance

    Teens in the 7th- through 12th grades are invited to the “March Madness Dance” on March 10th.

  • Park Playground Reopened

    A new playground at Armstrong Park will reopen to the public Wednesday morning, January 24th.

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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. 

 

Call to Bands for 2018 Concerts in the Park (Application)

Reservations

Recreation Guide

Movies in the Park

Neighborhood Block Party

Draft Public Art Master Plan

Leisure Needs Assessment and Action Plan 2013
Parks Location Map
Final Appendix

 

 

RecreationAndParks 

ALEXANDER POSADA
Director of Recreation & Parks

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260
City Fax: (805) 925.4508
E-mail

 

 

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.

 

2017-18 Goals/Objectives

  1. Play an active role in the organization and implementation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety. 
  2. Seek out funding for the development of a youth sports complex to include more soccer fields, to enhance assets for recreational opportunities. 
  3. Continue a program of water conservation throughout the park system to include re-vegetation of landscape areas, rotation of scheduled watering, use of non-potable water for irrigation, and increase monitoring of water use using computer irrigation system. 
  4. Seek grant funding as well as increased sponsorship opportunities for the expansion of services to at-risk youth and those special events, marketing and education campaigns that foster community building. 
  5. Work closely with schools to make school sites available for public use during non-school hours. 
  6. Continue working with non-profit organizations, schools, health care providers, businesses, and funding partners throughout the Santa Maria Valley, in an effort to address the growing needs of families, youth and the homeless. 
  7. Implement the second phase of the “ActiveNet” software system for program registration, classes, and facilities rental reservations to provide more efficiencies. 
  8. Broker participation by local non-profit agencies, schools and government in addressing community-wide issues and concerns; i.e. youth violence, the impacts of homelessness in City parks and facilities. 
  9. Encourage a high-level of staff training and succession programs using techniques and opportunities provided by the City including regional training opportunities. 
  10. Provide parks, athletic fields and facilities that are safe, clean and inviting to our residents and visitors.

 

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