Special Events Calendar
New City Park
The City welcomes the community to enjoy its newest park, named for Robert "Bobby" Acquistapace.
Limited competitive sports are allowed at City of Santa Maria parks while the County remains in the red tier.
More Public Art Coming
Five artists are chosen to create colorful art on five traffic signal utility boxes along Santa Maria streets.
Aquatic Center Spring Programs
Register for the start of spring aquatic programs at the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center.
Register now to enjoy a free, drive-in movie on Saturday, March 27th at the Elks Event Center in Santa Maria.
Spring Egg Hunt in Parks
Safely enjoy 12 City parks on the holiday weekend in the "Eggsplore" egg hunt, and post your photos to social media.
615 S. McClelland Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
City's Public Art Tour webpage (includes 10 existing utility box art projects)
Director of Recreation & Parks
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260
City Fax: (805) 925.4508
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
- 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
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.
2020-21 Goals and Objectives
- Implement the goals set and adopted in the 2019 Community Leisure Needs Assessment (CLNA) and the goals of the Mayors’ Task Force on Youth Safety.
- Develop a comprehensive landscape district financial analysis and advance to the City Council for consideration and recommendations to address any structural deficits.
- To improve the quality of life, complete the renovation of Russell Park, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works.
- Blend the goals of the 2019 Community Leisure Needs Assessment and the City Council’s 2020 goal of offering more youth sports facilities by exploring the options for funding construction and using existing City fee programs to construct new facilities.
- Maintain water conservation in the park system, including re-vegetation of landscape areas, rotation of scheduled watering, and investigating the use of non-potable water sources to reduce costs.
- Develop alternatives for the implementation of the Public Arts Master Plan.
- Work with the City ADA Coordinator in the development and implementation of an inclusion plan for use in the offering of leisure programs and services.
- Using Playground Guardian software, implement a cloud-based City-wide playground safety inspection program.
- Expand environmental education programming at Los Flores Ranch Park, Santa Maria River Trail, and across the urban park system, using the summer and after-school youth recreation programs as a delivery system.
- Assess the needs of the population as well as the gaps identified by the Community Leisure Needs Assessment to determine which amenities should be provided in a new or redeveloped park or facility; include athletic fields, courts, and playgrounds over the next five years.