PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
The Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing a comprehensive program that
includes all phases of leisure and recreation services. Our purpose is to provide a wide variety of
leisure activities and facilities to accommodate the leisure pursuits of our residents, while
improving the quality of life in Pembroke Pines.
Provide for all residents a variety of enjoyable leisure opportunities and facilities that are
accessible, safe, physically attractive, and well maintained.
Contribute directly to the healthy physical, emotional, social growth and development of our
residents through a varied range of recreational experiences and involvement.
Improve the quality of life in Pembroke Pines by promoting public awareness of recreation.
Provide a well-designed and carefully maintained network of parks and other green spaces.
1) Citizen satisfaction, 2) User participation rates, 3) Facility cleanliness, 4) Facility/equipment
condition, 5) Safety issues - accidents/incidents, 6) Accessibility of facilities and programs,
7) Variety of interesting activities, 8) Helpfulness of staff.
Present to the public a well-trained, responsive, knowledgeable and helpful staff by expanding
training for employees and volunteers interacting with our residents and youth organizations.
Training will include public relations and communication skills, and risk management
Increase user satisfaction, attendance and participation rates for our programs and facilities by
providing a wide variety of leisure opportunities in our parks and recreation centers that will
appeal to our residents, prompting them to visit our parks and participate in our programs. Work
closely with our youth organizations to provide sufficient sports programs to meet the needs of
our expanding youth population.
To insure accessibility of our programs and facilities by providing leisure opportunities located
geographically throughout the City, and schedule these activities during hours/days that will
enable our residents to participate.
Facilitate recreational opportunities for our residents by partnering with other public and private
organizations. Co-sponsor and coordinate programs and special events with other organizations
and voluntary agencies. Develop partnerships with the private sector to expand existing
activities and programs.
Present to the public clean, physically attractive and well-maintained facilities to support our
youth/ adult programs and the general public visiting our parks for passive, nonstructured leisure
Maintain facilities that will insure the safety of everyone using our parks by eliminating safety
hazards and reducing the number of accidents/incidents occurring on our facilities.
Present aesthetically pleasing, attractive facilities with appropriate landscaping by continuing the
beautification projects that enhance the presentation of our parks and recreation facilities.
Provide safe athletic turf for our sports leagues by the continuation of our proactive turf
maintenance program. A year-round schedule of fertilization, aerification, weed control, and soil
analysis is followed to provide healthy, safe turf grass.
Present to the public a well-trained, responsive, knowledgeable and helpful staff by educating
the staff to help ensure safety and provide preventative maintenance for all parks and recreation
facilities. Staff members will attend training sessions and educational seminars.
SPECIFIC GOALS/OBJECTIVES FOR:
Increase participation in our newly formed girls’ basketball program.
Increase participation in our youth and adult volleyball programs.
Program a variety of specialized sports clinics.
Continue to train and certify volunteer coaches for our youth leagues.
Continue to develop and offer programs, clinics, leagues, and U.S.T.A. (United States Tennis
Association) sanctioned tournaments for all ages and skill levels.
Increase tennis memberships through various marketing opportunities and social round robin
Host the 2003 Sunshine Sectional Wheelchair Championships in November at Maxwell Park.
Offer wheelchair clinics on a weekly basis.
Work closely with the U.S.T.A. to promote tennis in Pembroke Pines.
Expand the competitive swim program by utilizing Pembroke Falls Aquatic Center.
Market the Pembroke Falls Aquatic Center to the local business community for social events.
Expanded participation in the Swim Central Program offering beginning swim classes for
children attending elementary schools located within the City.
Continue water safety instructor and lifeguard training courses to recruit and attract highly
Continue development of our competitive swim program at the Academic Village Pool.
RECREATION FACILITIES & CENTERS
Increase participation by offering a variety of activities and classes at our recreation facilities.
Work closely with the Arts and Culture Advisory Board to expand art and cultural activities.
Expand cultural programs at the River of Grass Cultural Arts Center.
Increase specialty recreational programs using contractual instructors.
Cooperate in the coordination of all community resources, and with all agencies, private,
voluntary, and public, in providing the community with facilities and programs to achieve the
best use of all available resources.
Continuation of a public relations/marketing program to increase awareness and participation
level of all programs and services.
PRE-SCHOOL / AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Continue staff training by offering workshops and/or classes to educate and motivate employees.
Establish partnerships with area high schools by providing work sites for students participating
in childhood education classes.
Continue to provide a balanced curriculum that promotes high academic standards for our pre-
Continue to provide after-school programs that contribute directly to the healthy physical,
emotional, and social growth and development of the participants.
Continue to pursue public/private partnerships for various special events to maximize revenue
and the marketing potential of the programming while minimizing program costs for the City.
Continue to expand relationships with various community and nonprofit organizations to assist
with their events, using Department resources and business contacts.
Establish a volunteer corps for special events.
GOALS: The Pembroke Lakes Golf Course strives to provide the residents of Pembroke Pines,
its annual members and all golfers with a quality product and superior service.
1) User satisfaction, 2) User participation rates, 3) Facility cleanliness, 4) Course conditions,
5) Helpfulness of staff.
Increase user participation rates by conducting year-round clinics for juniors with the purpose of
exposing young people to golf.
Increase user participation rates through various marketing programs and activities at the golf
course; increase revenue by attracting not only residents, but also golfers from outside the
Increase user participation rates by increasing the amount of golf tournaments held by local
churches, businesses and community organizations.
Provide a challenging, well-maintained golf course to standards recommended by the United
States Golf Association.
Continue to implement preventative maintenance projects against weeds, disease and
contamination of the turf grass, along with projects designed to enhance the quality and
playability of the golf course.
Increase the membership base with promotions and advertising targeting Pembroke Pines
Present a knowledgeable, highly trained, professional staff to greet the public and solve
Indicator 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04
Actual Working Budget
Direct expenditures $12,906,672 $15,765,526 $16,215,267
Full-time equivalent employees (FTE) 236.5 235.5 229.5
Acres maintained 303 311 311
Number of sports leagues and participants 38/13,015 38/12,275 39/13,502
Number of swim team members 150 180 200
Number of children in youth programs 365 356 365
Number of special events and participants 20/77,560 20/78,555 **23/79,650
Number of tennis memberships 213 221 240
Number of golf rounds 46,252 43,173 45,000
Number of specialized recreation classes &
participants 32/53,500 *61/39,068 *64/41,021
Percentage of residents rating facilities as
satisfactory 99% 98% 100%
Percentage of residents rating programs as
satisfactory 99% 97% 100%
Percentage of residents rating physical
attractiveness of facilities as satisfactory 98% 99% 100%
Percentage of residents rating hours of
operation as satisfactory 97% 99% 100%
Percentage of residents rating the variety of
program activities as satisfactory 97% 96% 100%
Percentage of fields maintained on schedule 99% 100% 100%
Percentage of residents rating helpfulness or
attitude of staff as satisfactory 96% 99% 100%
Percentage of residents rating cleanliness as
satisfactory 97% 98% 100%
Percentage of residents rating the safety of
facilities as satisfactory 99% 99% 100%
**City produced special events.
*Reflects new methodology for counting
DESCRIPTION OF FUNCTIONS AND MAJOR ACTIVITIES:
PARKS & RECREATION: The Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of two
divisions - Recreation and Parks. The Recreation Division consists of seven sections that
function as an integrated team to provide a wide variety of leisure and educational opportunities
for our residents. These sections include Athletics, Tennis, Aquatics, Recreation
Facilities/Centers, Pre-School/After-School Programs, Special Events, and Special Populations
Programs. The Parks Division maintains our parks and recreation facilities to provide
opportunities for recreation experiences. The Parks Division also has operational responsibilities
for the oversight of the nine youth sports organizations using our facilities.
• PARKS: The quality of the parks and athletic facilities in Pembroke Pines is among the
finest in Broward County. Currently, the park system includes 50 baseball diamonds, which
host many regional tournaments. In addition, the park system has 12 football/soccer fields,
paddleball/racquetball courts at 6 locations, and 11 in-line hockey rinks.
• ATHLETICS: The Athletics Section operates three sports facilities that include 3
gymnasiums, 11 indoor racquetball courts, locker rooms, a fitness room, and a multi-purpose
classroom. City-run programs include basketball, soccer and volleyball leagues for youth,
and softball and racquetball leagues for adults. Drop-in opportunities are available weekly
for adult basketball and volleyball. Annual memberships are available for racquetball and the
• TENNIS: The Tennis Section offers a wide range of programs for all ages and skill levels.
Some of these programs consist of monthly round robin socials, leagues, clinics,
tournaments, summer tennis camps, junior tennis after-school programs, total fitness
conditioning classes, wheelchair tennis, and introductory clinics for beginners offered in our
summer camps. The tennis personnel oversee the daily maintenance and conduct safety
checks of 50 lighted tennis courts across the City. The tennis courts consist of 45 hard courts
and 5 clay courts. Tennis professionals, certified by the United States Professional Tennis
Association, offer private and semi-private lessons and clinics to tennis players who wish to
improve their skills and level of play. Annual tennis memberships are available.
• AQUATICS: The Aquatics Section operates six neighborhood pools, one competitive
Olympic size pool (Academic Village) and the Pembroke Falls Aquatic Center. Four of
these pools are heated. The Academic Village pool serves as the training base for our
competitive swim teams. This program has grown quickly to over 175 members. Pembroke
Falls Aquatic Center features a multilane lap pool with two, one-meter diving boards, water
play structure, and two waterslides. Programs offered at these facilities include swimming
lessons, water safety instructions, leisure swim time, and other specialized aquatic classes.
Spring and summer swimming lessons (over 1,800 lessons taught each year) are available to
residents and nonresidents of all age groups and abilities. All water safety instructors and
lifeguards are certified by the American Red Cross. Aquatic personnel attend various
training classes and in-service training sessions. Aquatic special events include Dive-In
Easter Egg Hunts, Swim Safe Days, Splash into Summer Pool Parties, July 4th Pool Parties,
and End of Summer Pool Parties. Annual pool memberships are available.
• RECREATION FACILITIES & CENTERS: Recreation Facilities & Centers includes four
community centers and an art and cultural center. The community centers offer a variety of
classes and activities and serve as meeting places for non-profit civic organizations. These
centers host recreational programs and classes taught by both Recreation Division employees
and private instructors. Classes offered include art and music, ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics,
yoga and karate. The community centers are available for rental by residents for weddings
and parties. Three of the recreation centers are utilized for the City’s ten-week Summer
Camp serving over 800 children, ages 5 to 15 years old. The art and cultural center provides
classes and workshops in the performing arts, and in language and visual arts. This section is
also responsible for the two boat/RV storage lots.
• PRE-SCHOOL & AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Provides recreational and
educational programs for children in a safe and positive environment. At four locations, the
Active Tots and pre-school programs offer a recreational/educational program for children
three to five years old. The after-school program provides a safe haven for elementary school
children to participate in recreational activities, homework time, and social interaction.
These children also can participate in Kids’ Day Off and Winter Break Camp. Activities for
all programs include swimming, arts and crafts, theme parties, outdoor games, and
• SPECIAL EVENTS: The Special Events Section hosts over thirty events annually. Some
examples of these events are 4th of July Fireworks, Annual Art Festival, Kids Konnection,
Snow Fest, and various holiday theme events. The City’s annual birthday celebration, a.k.a.
PINES DAY, features a festival, concert, children’s activities, community exhibits, and
fireworks. The Special Events personnel coordinate services with various community
organizations, schools, and the business community.
• SPECIAL POPULATIONS PROGRAMS: This newly established section is responsible
for the development and implementation of recreational programs and activities for special
populations, including people with disabilities. Summer camp, after-school programs, field
trips, socials, participation in Special Olympics and the County-wide Challenger Baseball
program will be among the initial leisure activities planned.
DINNER THEATER/CULTURAL ARTS: This Center houses a full-service
auditorium/theater design with adjoining music and arts rooms. The auditorium/theater
configuration seats 750 and includes storage and dressing rooms, a projection booth, reception
lobby, and a room for set design and construction. School and professional plays, concerts, and
special events are offered to our community throughout the year. The Dinner Theater
configuration will seat 450 patrons. The cafeteria/dining room area is available to all community
organizations for dances, bazaars, club meetings and activities, workshops, etc. Rentals for
banquets and receptions have use of a full kitchen for food preparation.
PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Parks & Recreation
Admin. Assistant Charter High School
Clerical Staff Athletic Program
Division Director Division Director
of Recreation of Parks
Aquatics Parks Maintenance
After-school Programs Turf and Landscape
Facilities and Centers
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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS FY 2003-04:
• Development of Southwest Pines Nature and Recreational Park (Soccer/Passive Park).
• Opening of the Wetland Environmental/Interpretative Center for the Chapel Trail
• 44th Annual Birthday Celebration (Pines Day) with a concert and fireworks, and the 6h
Annual Art Festival in the Pines.
• Ongoing improvements/renovations to City parks.
• Relighting of baseball fields at various parks.
• Continuation of beautification/landscaping of common areas.
• Continue tree trimming and removal.
• Purchase of new maintenance equipment to replace worn-out equipment.
• Continuation of pre-emergent program for control of weeds on greens.
• Enlargement of existing bunkers and adding new bunkers.
• We are anticipating our thirteenth successful year of operation for the Jim Davidson Theatre
of Performing Arts with concerts, drama productions, and a variety of other entertainment.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING 2002-03:
PARKS & RECREATION
• In addition to the 32 events the Special Events Section produces for the Parks & Recreation
Department, they provide assistance for special events to many non-profit organizations.
These organizations include: Silver Lakes Homeowners Association, Pines Professional
Campus, LoveJen, Relay for Life, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Pembroke Pines
Charter Schools, and many more schools and organizations.
• Produced the 43rd annual Pembroke Pines Birthday Celebration featuring a festival with
entertainment from various countries, an outdoor concert and a fireworks show.
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• Hosted the 2002 Sunshine Sectional Wheelchair Championships in November at Maxwell
• Hosted two High School District Tennis Tournaments.
• Worked closely with the Art & Culture Advisory Board to stage the 5th annual Art Festival in
• Replaced playground equipment at Maxwell Park and Tanglewood Park.
• Resurfaced 1,600 foot walkway at Rainbow Lakes Park.
• Installed three scoreboards at SilverLakes South Park.
• Constructed bullpens and hitting stations at Maxwell, Fletcher, Pasadena, Pembroke Shores,
and SilverLakes South Parks.
• Added new underground drainage at Pasadena Lakes Park.
• West Pines and Village Early Development Centers were awarded the Gold Seal Award of
• Participated with two teams in the Broward County Little League Challenger Baseball
League (Special Populations Program).
• Programmed a new youth co-ed volleyball league for ages 11-15.
• Walnut Creek Park, an eight-acre baseball facility with three lighted baseball diamonds,
opened in March 2003.
• Implemented a new policy requiring background checks for all coaches in our youth
• Hosted ten swim meets at our Academic Village Pool and the Pembroke Falls Aquatic
• Opened the Charter Middle School Central Campus Pool.
• Comet Swim Team memberships increased 14%.
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• Purchased new maintenance equipment to replace worn out equipment.
• Renovation of tee areas for the par three holes.
• Beautification of common areas with shrubbery, trees, and flowers.
• Renovation of the driving range (increased total area by 50%).
Rental activity remained steady. The Dinner Theater facility was used as a venue for cultural
productions, concerts, dance recitals, banquets, weddings, parties, and as a site for boxing events.
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Recreation Budget Summary
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04
Expenditure Category Actual Working Budget Budget
Personnel Services 8,025,639 9,526,888 10,392,772
Operating Expenses 4,348,310 4,903,037 4,991,120
Capital Outlay 532,723 1,335,601 831,375
Total: $12,906,672 $15,765,526 $16,215,267
Recreation Staffing Levels
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04
Classification Title Actual Working Budget Budget
Athletic Coordinator 1 1 1
Assistant Athletic Coordinator 1
Irrigation Maintenance Worker 3 3 3
Athletic Director 1 1
City Teacher 3 3 3
Division Director of Recreation 1 1 1
Landscape Maintenance Superintendent 1 1 1
Senior Lifeguard 6 6 5
Night Supervisor 1 1 1
P & R Maint WRK/HEO 4 4 4
P & R Maint WRK I 52 52 52
P & R MAINT WRK II 6 6 6
P & R MAINT WRK III 7 7 7
Landscape Maintenance Worker 1 1 1
Parks & Rec Account Clerk I 1
Parks & Rec Account Clerk II 1
Parks & Recreation Director 1 1 1
Assistant Parks & Recreation Director 1
Administrative Assistant I 2 2 2
Administrative Assistant II 1 1 1
Division Director of Park Operations 1 1 1
Aquatic Coordinator 1 1 1
Aquatic Coordinator Assistant 3 3 2
Head Swim Coach 1 1 1
Recreation Supervisor II 1 2
Recreation Supervisor I 4 2
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Special Events Coordinator 1 1 1
Special Events- Coordinator Assistant 1 1 1
Head Age Group Swim Coach 1
Cultural Arts Coordinator 1 1
Recreation Specialist 5 5 6
Maintenance Crew Leader 2 2 2
Aquatic Fac Mgr/AgeGp Swm Coach 1
Revenue Analyst 1
Cashier I 1 2 2
Cashier II 2 2 2
Spray Fertilizer Technician 1 1 1
Stage Manager/Custodian 2 2 2
Child Care Coordinator 2 2 2
Child Care Aide 2 2 2
Child Care Supervisor 1 1 1
Parks Maint. Superintendent 2 2 2
Clerical Spec II 9 8 7
Clerical Aide 2 2
Custodian 1 1 1
Tennis Coordinator 1 1 1
Tennis Coordinator Assistant 1 1 1
Special Population Prog Coord 1 1 1
Grounds Maintenance Supervisor 1 1 1
Head Custodian 1 1 1
P/T Art Teacher 14 13 8
P/T Concession/Party Manager 1 1
P/T Cashier 4 6 6
P/T Senior Lifeguard 1 1
P/T Assistant Swim Coach 2 3 5
P/T Lifeguard 30 28 28
P/T Recreation Aide 64 61 63
P/T Recreation Aide/Driver 5 5 4
P/T Maintenance Worker I 11 11 11
P/T Park Naturalist 1 1 1
P/T Music Teacher 3 3 3
P/T Drama Teacher 1 1 1
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P/T Soccer Coordinator 1
P/T Storage Lot Attendant 2 2 2
P/T Teacher Aide 11 11 11
P/T Teacher 7 7 7
P/T Recreation Leader 7 10 10
P/T Rec Leader - Therapeutics 1
P/T Water Safety Instructor 6 8 8
P/T Writer 1 1
P/T Creative Writer 1 1
P/T Recreation Specialist 1 1 2
P/T Recreational Therapist 1
P/T Clerk Spec I 3 3 3
P/T Custodian 13 12 3
P/T Facilities Custodian 1 1 1
Total: Full Time 142 140 139
Part Time 189 191 181