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  • Mini Ranch Day

    Visit with miniature horses, bob for apples, and much more, on Saturday, July 20th.

  • Youth Adventure Bus Passes

    Starting on Monday, qualifying Santa Maria students can apply for free bus passes.

  • Concert in the Park

    Rock and roll band, Unfinished Business, plays Sunday, July 14th at Concerts in the Park.

  • Movie in the Park

    The movie, Selena, will be screened at Movies in the Park on Saturday, June 13th.

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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. 


Call for Bands Application 2019 (for Concerts in the Park)


Recreation Guide

Draft Public Art Master Plan

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


 Alex Posada, Director of Recreation and Parks 

Director of Recreation & Parks

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260
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.


2018-19 Goals/Objectives

  1. Begin the Request for Proposal process to update the 2013 Community Leisure Needs Assessment and Action Plan; have a new plan in place in 2019.
  2. Continue responding to the City Council’s priority to address inadequate City facilities, specifically by exploring the feasibility of funding a sports (soccer) complex.
  3. Maintain water conservation in the park system, including re-vegetation of landscape areas, rotation of scheduled watering, use of non-potable water, and complete renovations of landscaping and irrigation throughout the City’s parks and landscape districts to address drought requirements to maintain the community’s vibrant and welcoming ambiance.
  4. Seek grant funding as well as increased sponsorship opportunities for the expansion of services to at-risk youth for the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, and those special events, marketing, and education campaigns that foster community-building.
  5. Nurture partnerships with local school districts, non-profit agencies, service groups, and special interest organizations for continued development of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety.
  6. Develop new working relationships 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 the homeless.
  7. Expand the new “ActiveNet” software system that provides additional resources for both in-house and on-line registration of programs, as well as facility and park reservations.
  8. Provide parks, athletic fields, and facilities that are safe, clean, and inviting to our residents and visitors.
  9. Collaborate with the Community Development Department on the update of the General Plan, identifying parks infrastructure needs to meet projected growth.
  10. Continue to work closely with the Community Development Department in the development of an action plan for the City’s Downtown, by providing input on recreational and social activities that could be offered as the plan comes to fruition, and by expanding the role of the City’s Landscape Maintenance Districts to support the efforts of the improvements along the South Broadway corridor.


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