Parks, Recreation and Culture

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The Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture provides quality parks, well-planned sustainable facilities, and diverse cultural, artistic and recreational opportunities that promote the health and well-being of residents and visitors alike. We aspire to provide a high quality lifestyle and to promote wellness and diversity by fostering the physical, mental and social well-being of all. We are committed to actively fostering diversity, inclusion and cultural competency throughout our programmatic, research, development and operational efforts.

We are an adaptive organization that serves our community with vigor, energy and compassion. Our character does count! Core Values include:

  • Health & Wellness – Promoting healthy and enriching lifestyles for all ages, abilities and incomes
  • Inclusiveness – Celebrating our diverse community
  • Community Engagement – Providing effective communications and opportunities for involvement
  • Stewardship – Preserving and conserving natural, cultural and historic resources
  • Excellence – Offering high-quality, innovative programs
  • Exemplary Customer Service – Delivering positive, responsive customer service
  • Safety – Operating safe facilities and programs
  • Life Long Learning – Offering engaging educational opportunities

Gaithersburg’s parks and recreation system began in 1970 with three parks – Civic Center (now Griffith Park), Duvall Park & Lee Street Park (now Constitution Gardens) – that totaled nine acres. Today, the City maintains 25 parks and 13 recreation facilities that encompass 854 acres. On City-owned grounds you’ll find athletic fields, aquatic centers, meeting and class facilities, gymnasiums, fitness facilities, miniature golf, an outdoor performance pavilion, trails, and natural areas. A full range of classes, sports programs, youth activities, cultural art performances, and special events take place at these and other facilities throughout the City.

The Department is divided into four divisions. Cultural Events & Services produces large celebrations and neighborhood events and promotes a climate in which artistic expression and creative excellence can flourish. Facilities & Administration provides the Department with resources and support and ensures that affordable, well-maintained facilities are available for community functions and activities. Recreation Services provides countless recreation opportunities, programs and classes for all ages and supports older adults in living an active independent lifestyle. Sports, Youth & Parks Services provides active and passive parkland, preserves green space, encourages active play through organized sports, and provides activities and programs to promote positive youth development.