Welcome to Our Community!

Mission Statement


The department's mission is to enrich the quality of life in DeSoto, provide World Class customer service, premier parks and dynamic recreational experiences.

Vision Statement


DeSoto Parks and Recreation is a vital component in the community that provides diverse services and opportunities. Our staff will be known for their commitment to professionalism and their ability to grow and change with the community.

  • Professionalism: We will exemplify the highest standards of the profession.
  • Engage: We will develop strong relationships.
  • Inspire: We will promote community health and vibrant lifestyles.
  • Integrity: We will be fair and honest.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2014 Arts and Humanities Programming Achievement Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society
  • 2014 Excellence in Innovative Programming Award, National Recreation and Park Association
  • 2014 Lone Star Programming Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society
  • 2014 Recreation Professional of the Year Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society
  • 2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Community Theater, Focus Daily News
  • 2014 Readers Choice Award - Best City Employee, Focus Daily News
  • 2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Place for Kids, Focus Daily News
  • 2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Local City Event, Focus Daily News
  • 2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Health Club, Focus Daily News
  • 2013 Excellence in Programming Award Special Event, Texas Recreation and Parks Society