The Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is a two-time National Parks & Recreation Association Gold Medal finalist agency who’s staff works tirelessly to achieve its mission of impacting lives and building community pride.
This is accomplished by providing the highest quality recreation experiences while simultaneously preserving the resources, wildlife and history in the area. Our active and dynamic parks and recreation program, an abundance of modern facilities and the variety of activities available keep Windsor residents active year-round.
The department serves a rapidly growing community of just over 31,000 residents who can select from a variety of recreational activities throughout our community.
Driven by a vision to leave a legacy in health & wellness, social equity and conservation the department is divided into three divisions.
The Parks Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 24 parks, our urban forest, and the Lakeview Cemetery. The park system includes picturesque Windsor Lake, 40 miles of trails, open space and recreational facilities that impacted more than 1.3 million people in 2018. Just a few of the amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, 6 outdoor pickleball courts, a skate park, two dog parks, a variety of playgrounds as well as sports facilities.
The Open Space & Trails Division promotes a high quality of life in Windsor by maintaining a diversified trail system and open spaces while emphasizing best management practices that support safety and environmental stewardship. Combined, these two division are responsible for nearly 500 acres of developed and undeveloped lands comprised.
The Recreation Division provides a wide variety of activities, community programs, cultural opportunities and special events designed to promote a healthy lifestyle for all ages and abilities. These include youth and adult athletics, instructional programs, drop-in activities, arts, fitness classes, aquatics group excursions and historic preservation activities of the town. The division oversees the following facilities Community Recreation Center, Windsor Lake programming, Chimney Park Pool, Art & Heritage Center and the Boardwalk Park Museum.
The Windsor Community Recreation Center, with nearly 400,000 visits in 2018, offers 85,000 square feet of amenities that include an indoor aquatics center featuring lap lanes, a lazy river, slide, hot tub and children’s play area. Other amenities included multiple meeting/gathering rooms, two gymnasiums, a walk/jog track, an aerobics/dance/yoga studio, fitness studio, a child care area and numerous classes.
During the summer, Boardwalk Park is the place to be for the best in culture and entertainment. The park is home to the free Summer Concert Series, which features local and regional bands playing everything from jazz and ’40s big band sounds to country and classic rock. Enjoy this entertainment every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer months. On Saturday’s be sure to swing by and check out our very own Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
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The project will be led by Neelay Bhatt with strategic oversight by Leon Younger and supported by Will Younger and Sarah Durham from the PROS Team.
The ability to Effectively Listen & Involve Citizens and Clients has given ETC Institute a reputation as one of the premier public policy market research firms in the country. ETC Institute’s services focus on involving citizens, users, and stakeholders in the decision making process and developing creative and sustainable funding strategies.
Core services of the firm involve conducting statistically valid phone and mail/phone services and related market research. They have conducted more than 600 surveys for parks and recreation systems in 46 states across the Country for a wide variety of projects including parks and recreation master plans, strategic plans and feasibility studies.
Established in 1992, ETC Institute helped secure funding for more than $2 billion of parks and recreation projects. PROS Consulting and ETC Institute have teamed on more than 300 similar parks and recreation projects