About & Mission

Parks and Recreation Board

The Parks and Recreation Board was created by the authority of the City Council, Ordinance Number 29561, June 14, 1961. The Board meets at Municipal Plaza in Plaza Room B located at 114  W. Commerce.

Overall Purpose of the Board

  • Provide liaison between the community and the Department of Parks and Recreation regarding community recreational facilities and services, needs and desires and recreation programming.
  • Review the departmental operations and maintenance budget and advise the Director of the Board's suggestions regarding priority programs.
  • Promote public awareness of the public recreational facilities and services provided by the City and stimulate community participation in those programs.
  • Review operational policies for the various parks facilities and recommend new or revised policies as circumstances change.
  • Review all applications for federal parks and recreation grants prior to submission to City Council.

Board Details

  • Membership Composition: The Board consists of 11 residents of the City who serve without pay.
  • Appointment: Members are appointed by the City Council, pursuant to recommendation by the City Manager.
  • Term of Members: Members are appointed for a two-year term. Members may be appointed for no more than two consecutive two-year terms.
  • Presiding Officer: The Board shall select, by majority vote, a chairperson and a vice chair person. That chair person serves for one year and may be re-elected for not more than one additional consecutive year. The vice-chair person presides at meetings in the absence of the chair person.

Current Board Members by Council District

District Member Title
1 Erik K. Sanden
2 Elizabeth A. Franklin Resigned
3 Anthony Alcoser 

4 Mary Katherine Luna Chairwoman
5 Alfred P. Rocha
6 Melinda Smith
7 Frank G. Fonseca
8 Charles P. Saxer
9 April H. Thomason

10 Allison P. Cohen Vice Chairwoman
Mayor Elizabeth Stauffer

Meeting and Contact Information

Contact Us

To communicate a concern or issue regarding a park, please direct your remarks to:
San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, Texas

The board's regularly scheduled meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at:

B Room (First Floor)

Municipal Plaza Building

114 W. Commerce Street

View the agenda for the next meeting.

For more information about the Parks and Recreation board, please contact the City Clerk's office at  210.207.7253 or your City Councilperson at 210.207.7040. If you are interested in applying for a vacancy
click here

Wednesday, June 16, 2021