Message From the Director

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Marc Heirshberg, CPRE
Director
Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department

Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Mesa residents and playing a significant role in shaping the character of the City through preeminent parks and recreation. The Department manages 2,200+ acres of park land including 205 parks with unique playgrounds, first-class athletic fields, nine aquatic centers, splash pads, trails, five recreation centers, a championship golf course, convention center, amphitheater, cemetery and two spring training baseball stadiums. 

By creating a sense of place, parks and recreation services in Mesa provide critical connections for residents through the natural environment, recreational pursuits, historic appreciation, and social and cultural events. This sense of place shapes the cohesive fabric of vision, values and identity of the community while promoting an active lifestyle for all ages.  Mesa meets park and recreation needs of today’s residents without sacrificing future generations by balancing environmental, economic, and equity concerns. The department enriches the lives of individuals, families, intergenerational groups and the entire community through positive and fulfilling recreational experiences. Mesa proactively engages in continuous improvement as offerings become outdated or under-utilized, while collaborating with other service providers to achieve balanced availability of programs and facilities.

The Mesa Parks system is a premier destination that welcomes and captivates residents and visitors. The park system and its beauty are part of the daily life and shape the character of the City. Residents are informed and involved in shaping the future of the park and recreation system and its value to their lives.