Salina Parks & Recreation Department Overview
The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for managing and maintaining the City park system, recreational programs and other public facilities. Dion Louthan serves as the Parks and Recreation Director and oversees the department’s nine divisions utilizing 52 full-time staff along with numerous part-time and seasonal employees. The Recreation Division is responsible for providing a year-round diversified recreation program for all citizens of Salina, including participation programs, community services and special events. A wide variety of programming is provided for all ages and interests, with specific program areas offered for 50 Plus and Special Populations. Other program areas include Aquatics, Athletics, Instructional, Natural Resources, Performing & Visual Arts, and Summer Day Camps.
The Parks, Forestry and Downtown Divisions are responsible for maintaining park grounds and landscaping in 26 City parks with over 700 acres in park land. These divisions also have maintenance responsibilities in downtown Salina and on other public grounds, including parkways and landscaped median strips. Over 60,000 flowers are planted annually in the parks system. A City tree nursery and cost share tree planting program for the community have also been developed.
The Golf Course Division is responsible for maintaining and operating the 18-hole, 6200 yard Municipal Golf Course located on 137 acres of land in east Salina. The new First Tee 6-hole, par 3 course was opened in 2001 along with a youth training facility. Over 44,000 rounds of golf were played at the Municipal Golf Course during the past year.
The Parks & Recreation Department has several satellite office locations with the Administrative offices located in Room #100, City-County Building, 300 W. Ash Street. For more information about Parks & Recreation programs and facilities, contact the main office at (785) 309-5765, or refer to the links shown in the menu on this page.