About Mansfield Parks and Recreation
Mansfield Parks & Recreation operates and maintains more than 1,000 acres of parkland, dozens of athletic fields and the Mansfield Activities Center, as well as six public-private partnership facilities.
The Mansfield Activities Center provides enrichment and athletic opportunities for all ages including recreation classes, sports skills training and Pickleball open court & tournaments The MAC is also home to the Senior Lifestyles services, summer Kids Zone day camp and many family events.
Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, an 80-acre nature preserve, is an oasis of native plants and wildlife for a peaceful refuge from the city. ONP also offers classes for all ages including science & nature, ecology, fishing, archery & kayaking.
The Walnut Creek Linear Trail, one of our signature features, features miles of paved trails that run alongside the creek of the same name, through lush woods providing ample shade and connecting seven parks throughout the city. When complete, the trail will stretch the entire width of the city from west to east.
City recreational sports leagues are operated by independent associations who use city fields and facilities to host league practices and games.
The Mansfield Parks & Recreation Department includes more than 40 full-time employees, 24 part-time and 10-14 seasonal staffers brought on for summer programs and extended maintenance needs.
In 1992 Mansfield voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund parks and recreation. That fund covers almost all of the department costs, including land acquisition, park maintenance and development, program operations and staffing. Oversight of the fund is managed by the Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation, a volunteer board of citizens appointed by City Council. Parks built before the 1992 ordinance are funded with general fund revenue per state law, as are senior citizen programs and community special events.
In addition to developing and maintaining green space and parks for the community, Mansfield's Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for a number of other city services and programs, including but not limited to:
- Youth & Adult Recreation
- Nature Education
- Senior Citizen Programs
- Median & Right-of-way Maintenance
- Community Special Events
Mansfield has six public-private partnerships where the city-funded construction of a recreation facility that is operated by a private corporation. The managing organization then pays the City for use of the facility. These arrangements allow the City to offer residents a broader range of recreation and entertainment options than would be otherwise possible.
Click here for information about the 2020 Parks Master Plan, including a digital copy of the full plan, project lists and key facts & figures.