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The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for more than $52 million in City assets. Our Department manages 2,342 acres of property including 33 parks, 27 playgrounds, a golf course, ice arena, two outdoor pools, three community centers, three natural resource properties, 13 ballfields, 22 tennis courts, 19 basketball courts and more than 38 miles of trails. 

The Department is proud to be one of 192 (in 2021) nationally accredited agencies through the National Recreation and Park Association Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. The accreditation standards are used as a management tool throughout the year for planning, operations, financials, community involvement, and evaluation. The Department was first accredited by CAPRA in 2001, and has been re-accredited in five-year increments in 2006, 2011, 2016, and most recently in 2021. Click here to read the announcement about the most recent accreditation.

The Department is organized and managed in four program divisions including Administration, Recreation Services, Sports, and Operations and Development. These divisions are staffed by 53 full-time staff members and more than 450 seasonal staff. 

More than 300 sports and recreation programs are provided annually to our community through the support of the Mayor, City Council, Board of Park Commissioners and most importantly, our citizens.

Mission

We equitably enrich community well-being by providing quality parks, trails, facilities, programs and services, and through the stewardship of natural spaces.

Values

  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Fun
  • Stewardship
  • Inclusion
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Accountability

Master Plan and Annual Reports

Boards, Commissions, and Citizen Advisory Councils

Staff

Leslie Brinson

Title
Community Events Manager
Email
brinsonl@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3715

Ellen Campbell

Title
Community Relations Specialist
Email
campbele@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3799

Kim Clapp

Title
Office Manager
Email
clappk@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3710

Steve Cotter

Title
Natural Resources Manager
Email
cotters@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3736

Melissa Grabowski

Title
Customer Service II
Email
grabowsm@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3700

Tiffany Hall

Title
Customer Service Rep III
Email
halti@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3702

Erin Hatch

Title
Urban Forester
Email
erin.hatch@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3716

Rebecca Higgins

Title
Recreation Services Director
Email
barrickb@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3713

Farmers Market

Title
Farmers Market
Email
farmersmarket@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3700

Paula McDevitt

Title
Administrator
Email
mcdevitp@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3711

Brenda McGlothlin

Title
Customer Service Rep II
Email
mcglothb@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3701

Sarah Owen

Title
Community Relations Coordinator
Email
owensa@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3700

Ethan Philbeck

Title
Customer Service Rep II
Email
philbece@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3757

Julie Ramey

Title
Community Relations Manager
Email
rameyj@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3719

Bill Ream

Title
Program/Facility Coordinator
Email
reamw@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3748

Crystal Ritter

Title
Program/Facility Coordinator
Email
ritterc@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3962

Rebecca Swift

Title
Natural Resources Coordinator
Email
rebecca.swift@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3700

John Turnbull

Title
Sports Services Director
Email
turnbulj@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3712