Our Mission

Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department commits to provide superior parks, recreation and cultural programs, which exceed customer expectations, enhance the quality of life, and promote lifelong leisure and educational pursuits. These services are provided by a dedicated team, focused on fairness, trust, innovation, with a commitment to excellence.  


Message from Director, Rod Buchanan

July is National Park & Recreation Month. This year the national theme is “OUT IS IN” encouraging community members to get out and explore opportunities in parks and recreation. For example, summer is a great time to take advantage of all that our aquatic facilities have to offer including swim lessons, recreation swim and dive, public swim and special events.

Take a walk in a park, ride a bike on a trail or explore the wildlife and nature at the Riparian Preserve. Did you know the Gilbert Preserve is a favorite spot for butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies? Join our walks to learn more about these creatures.

The Parks and Recreation department is proud to announce the Freestone Recreation Center is now a designated Healthways SilverSneaker® and PRIME facility. Our four recreation facilities offer a variety of programs connecting community of all ages.

I invite you to enjoy your summer with Gilbert Parks and Recreation.

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