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Department Summary

The City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for providing the community with a wide variety of recreation programs, planning new park facilities, and managing City open space that is accessible to the public.

Parks and Recreation is a customer driven service that is responsive to the needs of the public. Recreation programs promote wellness and human development through leisure pursuits. The Department can also facilitate the rental of a number of indoor and outdoor recreation sites. Department staff manage a wide range of special events and parades that occur in San Luis Obispo. Park Rangers create a safe and secure environment for the public to enjoy the City’s parks and open space areas and encourage protection of natural resources.


Mission Statement

With integrity and enthusiasm we are committed to providing quality parks, open space, recreation, cultural and educational services, essential to the enhancement and promotion of personal well being and a sense of community.


Activities/Facilities The San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department strives to be a well-organized, quality oriented, and accommodating organization that meets the needs of all users regardless of ability and interests.

  • The Department works to provide quality beneficial activities for all ages with a focus on safety, wellness, and enjoyment

  • Facilities shall be safe and clean for all users

Staff The main goal of Parks and Recreation staff is to facilitate the needs of the users by being flexible and accommodating through the use of good customer service

  • Front-line staff shall be effectively trained in program aspects and users needs

  • Employees are chosen for their professionalism and commitment to Department goals, enthusiasm about their jobs, and pride in the work that is produced

  • Department staff are committed to act as counselors, motivators, and mentors

  • Accomplishments of staff are recognized at all levels of the organization

  • Staff input is encouraged at all levels

  • Staff strive to work together and be team players

Customers The service goal of the Department is to provide customers with answers in a timely manner and always have someone available to answer questions when first asked

  • The concept of “one-stop shopping” is actively pursued in serving customer’s needs

  • Customer feedback and comments about programs and facilities are greatly valued

  • Parks and Recreation shall serve as a facilitator between City departments and community groups to fulfill needs

  • Customers are treated with courtesy and respect

  • The Department shall fill the needs of a growing and diverse population

Key Department Contacts

City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices:
1341 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Office: (805) 781-7300
Fax: (805) 781-7292

Shelly Stanwyck 781-7300
Parks and Recreation Director

Melissa Mudgett 781-7296
Recreation and Public Art Manager

Lindsey Stephenson 781-7070
Administrative Analyst

Marti Reynolds 781-7298
Supervising Administrative Assistant

Devin Hyfield 781-7295
Facilities Aquatics and Special Events Permits Supervisor

Shawn Tucker 781-7291
Aquatics/SLO Swim Center Coordinator

Todd Bunte
Laguna Lake Golf Course Supervisor

Meghan Burger 781-7289
Youth Services Supervisor

Alexandra Abarca 781-7447
Youth Services Coordinator

Doug Carscaden 781-7302
Ranger Services Supervisor

Richard Ogden 781-7305
Recreational Sports Supervisor

David Setterlund 781-7067
Community Services and Events Supervisor

City Facilities Reservation Desk
Contract Classes 781-7303
Laguna Lake Golf Course 781-7309
SLO Swim Center 781-7284 or 781-7288

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