Jeffrey R. Leatherman
Director of Recreation & Parks
Letter from the DirectorI am looking ahead to this year's activities with cautious optimism that this transition will be positive and memorable. The entire team at the Department of Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs is excited to continue providing the outstanding parks, facilities and programs for the community. We plan to continue that tradition in 2021.
At the publishing of this letter, we do not know what the COVID-19 restrictions will be for sure this year; however, we are planning for all possibilities. This summer we are planning to operate all of our camps and programs similar to last year with all current and future COVID-19 protocols in place. We also recognize that some requirements and standards may change and we are committed to the implementation of all safety precautions necessary. We appreciate the community's flexibility and understanding as we continue to provide recreation and park services. Please continue to monitor our various communication channels for updates as we navigate the changes.
Normally, the summer is the time of year to fill your calendars with all of the upcoming special events and exciting fun activities.
Our plan this year for special events and activities such as concerts, Food Truck Fridays and Movies in the Park, will be to continue to monitor the recommendations from public health officials and regulations from various agencies to determine if and when it is safe to provide special events and large group activities. While we have not included them in this year's programming yet, please monitor our website and social media for updates. Throughout the year, we will add any changes or add activities and events that we are able to provide on behalf of the community.
Lastly, I continue to be grateful to our Mayor, Council, Recreation Commission and our outstanding staff and volunteers. Roswell truly is a great place to live, work and play and I am grateful to everyone for their hard work and dedication to our residents and community.
Director of Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department
Park Master PlansOne of the reasons for our great success is that we master plan our parks. We create these plans to fulfill our community's recreation and parks needs now and in the future.
A Nationally Recognized Program!Those of us who live in Roswell know how exceptional our Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department is. So it came as no surprise to us when the department was nationally recognized with the Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Each day, the City of Roswell's Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department works to have a positive impact on the lives of all those who live, work, and play in Roswell. We put our hearts and souls into delivering the best recreational, health and wellness, artistic, and cultural experiences for everyone—regardless of age or ability.
We proudly maintain more than 900 acres of parkland, as well as our Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums (Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation). And we host multiple special events for our community each year.
- Learn more about our strategic vision in our Five-Year Strategic Plan (2017-2021).