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Department of Parks & Recreation

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The Parks & Recreation Department offers a comprehensive system of parks, greenways, public facilities and recreational choices that help enhance the quality of life of its residents and visitors. Whether it’s enjoying a leisurely bike ride on the city's expansive trail system, taking a picnic lunch to one of the City's popular parks or spending the day with the family at the Greenville Zoo, the Parks & Recreation Department provides a wide variety of year-round recreational choices to help you enjoy the beauty of Greenville's outdoors.

Its Recreation division schedules and coordinates year-round athletic and youth programs, operates five community centers that offer general leisure activities and special summer programs.

One of the city's greatest attractions is its system of parks. The Parks & Recreation Department maintains 39 parks occupying more than 500 acres of land within the city. Falls Park, one of the city's most popular parks, serves as a centerpiece attraction for Greenville. With its impressive Liberty Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Reedy River, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Reedy River Falls and the magnificent public gardens below.

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The largest parks in the system is Cleveland Park, a 122-acre site located along the Reedy River that features tennis courts, softball fields, playground areas, a fitness trail and picnic shelters. A main attraction at Cleveland Park is the Greenville Zoo, an exotic animal kingdom rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina. This 14-acre facility features wildlife from around the world including giraffes, monkeys, giant tortoises and elephants. Visitors can also enjoy one of the Zoo’s most popular exhibits, the Reptile Building, which is home to a variety of lizards, frogs, turtles and snakes.

Smithsonian Mobile Exhibit Comes to Greenville Zoo

Animal Connections: Our Journey Together, a custom-built exhibition from the Smithsonian housed on an 18-wheel truck that expands into 1,000 square feet of space, will make a special stop on its traveling tour at the Greenville Zoo on Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free exhibit will be located between the Greenville Zoo and Cleveland Park playground.
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Mobi-Rec Van Donated to City

A group of graduates from Furman University's Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative raised more than $40,000 to purchase and supply the city with a recreation and sports equipment vehicle. The new 2013 Chevrolet Express van is outfitted with a variety of sports and recreation equipment, and wrapped in a colorful exterior so that children can recognize it.

The DLI program graduates presented the gift to the city on July 11, 2013. They want the van to be used to reach neighborhood children who may not have access to recreation programs. City Parks and Recreation professionals will staff the van ensuring the children will have positive experiences. No new staff has been added to accommodate this service – staff has creatively adjusted work schedules to make it work.

New Potential City Park

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The City of Greenville held several public planning meetings on a potential park that could be built near A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School, the Kroc Center and in the area currently occupied by the Public Works facility.

The City is considering relocating Public Works operations to another site because the current facility is located within a flood zone. Periodic flooding of the Public Works facility disrupts the City’s ability to respond to flood emergencies and post-storm cleanup by rendering the facility unusable during flood events. The City also incurs additional expense to cleanup and repair damage to City facilities after each flood event.

Faciliated by Seamon Whiteside + Associates, the meetings provided the community with the opportunity to generate discussion and collaborate on ideas for the potential park.

Our Mission

The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing diverse, exceptional and sustainable services to the community through innovative and collaborative practices.

Find A Recreational Program Online
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The Parks and Recreation Department has a convenient online portal to help you find and register for city recreational programs. From sports to sewing, from camps to child care - the city has options to fit your schedule and price range. Visit the recreation program portal today at play.greenvillesc.gov!

Tree Foundation

The City’s Tree Foundation program offers the general public the opportunity to pay for the planting of new trees in our community. Possible locations may include within a park, public open space, along a greenway, or adjacent to a street. If you are a resident, business owner, or property owner interested in trees being planted along your street, the planting must occur within an existing space on public property.
More Information on the Tree Foundation

Tree Pruning Guidelines

The purpose of the City of Greenville’s landscaping requirements is to provide an aesthetically pleasing environment for property owners, residents and the general public. In 2011, City Council revised the City’s Land Management Ordinance, including Section 19-6.2 Landscaping, buffering, and screening, which applies to all properties except those that are zoned single family residential.
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Program Instructors Needed

The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking instructors to offer fun and exciting recreational and educational classes to our community. Our department offers a wide variety of recreational programs to citizens of all ages. These programs take place in city parks, community centers and other locations.
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Contact

Dana Souza
Parks and Recreation Director

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Parks and Recreation Administration is located at:

City Hall (6th Floor)
206 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Department Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
864-467-4355

Parks and Grounds Maintenance is located at:

423 E. Park Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601
864-467-4350

Athletics offices are located at:

Juanita Butler Community Center
2 Burns Street
Greenville, SC 29605
864-467-8011

Links

City Park Finder Map

Landscaping & Tree Protection

Sustainability

Cleveland Park Map

Falls Park Map

Springwood and Richland Cemetery Viewer

South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Family Things to Do in Greenville

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