The Parks Division provides, develops and maintains a system of parks for public use and enjoyment.
Parks is charged with ensuring all park facilities and grounds are attractive, healthy, safe and full of leisure and recreation opportunities.
The Parks Division, with a parks system dating back to 1903, provides for the maintenance and care of:
- More than six miles of trails.
- More than 10 miles of river frontage.
- More than 375 acres of developed park and open space.
- A 33-acre municipal golf course.
- An international water lily collection.
- 10 botanical and garden areas.
- 25 playgrounds, including Unidad and Kids’ Kingdom.
- 25 sports practice fields.
- 27 picnic areas with more than 200 picnic tables.
San Angelo is a wonderful place to live, and it is the duty of the Parks Division to help keep it that way!
Water Conservation Seminar & Family Day
Getting More Green With Less Blue” Family Outdoor Program—April 29
City of San Angelo Parks Division staff has partnered with the Tom Green County AgriLife Extension Service and Concho Valley Master Gardeners to present an educational seminar titled “Getting more Green with less Blue”. This 2-hour program, being held on April 29 along the Concho River at the Bosque (330 S. Irving Street), will highlight specific tools that water consumers can use to save water as they manage their landscapes here in the Concho Valley. It will begin at 10:00 am.
Adults who attend are encouraged to bring their children for fun activities at the Bosque. Children will be provided tickets for FREE MINIATURE GOLF (10 am to noon) and fishing gear from the City of San Angelo Recreation Division will also be available for children 16 years old or younger. The Grove concession stand will be open during the event as well. Other amenities at the Bosque include: sand volleyball, washer pitching, over-sized chess, bocce ball, and paddle boats. This program is open to the public with no admission fee.
Water is certainly one of our most precious natural resources here in the Concho Valley. With the upcoming summer months just around the corner, folks in our area will begin irrigating landscapes during this hot and dry time period. It is estimated that between 30 to 50% of all water used during the summer in Texas’s urban areas is applied to landscapes. With that being said, it is imperative that consumers educate themselves on current methods to save water as they irrigate their lawns, shrubs, trees, and ornamental plants.
Topics for discussion at this April 29 event will include: rain harvest systems, drip irrigation, proper plant selection, proper landscape design, irrigation audits, landscape irrigation and management, ET weather stations ( http://texaset.tamu.edu ), water budgets, and our new online program for San Angelo called “Water My Yard” ( http://watermyyard.org ). There will also be hands-on demonstrations with local experts to assist those with specific questions.
For more information about this educational program, you can contact Roger Havlak (Parks Senior Manager—City of San Angelo Parks Division) at 325/659-8563 or Allison Watkins (Tom Green County Horticulture Extension Agent) at 325/659-6522.
List of trees that are used in the Plant-a-Tree program:
Frances Mertz Memorial Sculpture Maintenance Endowment Fund: Established in memory of Frances Mertz, this fund provides maintenance dollars for San Angelo bronze public art, of which Mrs. Mertz sought to create and propagate. The sheep sculpture at the Bryant Boulevard split and the Los Dos Angelas sculptures at the San Angelo Visitors Center were just some of her dreams .
Elmer Kelton San Angelo Parks Endowment Fund: Established from the proceeds of a special project to build a buffalo sculpture in honor of Kelton's lifetime achievements, endowment proceeds go to the City of San Angelo Parks Commission to provide financial assistance to help maintain this and other sculptures in other city parks.
Elegant Lily Fund: Created by friends of the International Waterlly Collection, this fund was the brainchild of the late Dr. Ralph Chase. The fund will provide perpetual support for the operations of this world-renowned water lily collection.
If you would like to contribute to these worthy endowments, or create your own, contact the San Angelo Area Foundation at 325-947-7071.