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Commissioner of Parks and Recreation | Amy Phuong

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) enhances the lives of City of Atlanta residents and visitors by offering programs, services and activities that encourage participation in recreational activities, leisure services and cultural experiences.

The department strives to deliver quality customer service through the development, operation and maintenance of the city's public parks, recreation and cultural affairs facilities to create an environment that is deemed safe, affordable and enriching for all.

DPR has earned the distinction of being accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). This national accreditation by the NRPA is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a parks system and sets us apart from thousands of other parks systems throughout the nation.

We are committed to building strong communities and a vibrant economy by providing safe and exceptional parks, facilities and programs through effective leadership, collaboration and innovative thinking.

City of Atlanta's 2013-2017 Strategic Plan for Parks and Recreation

Be sure to visit the new MLK Recreation and Aquatic Center located at 110 Hilliard Street!
Contact 404-658-1149 for more information and operating hours!



Contact Information

City of Atlanta
Department of Parks & Recreation
233 Peachtree Street, NE, Suites 1600/1700
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Tel: 404-546-6788

Amy Phuong
Tel: 404.546.6788 

Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
Emma Gowans

Tel: 404.546.6762
E-Fax: 404.546.9506

Deputy Commissioner
Alvin Dodson
Tel: 404.546.7843 
   Office of Recreation
LaChandra Butler-Burks
Executive Director 
Office of Parks

Doug Voss
Tel: 404.546.6742
Program Management Officer
Priti Shah
Tel: 404.546.4282
  Communications Manager
Michael Calevski
Tel: 404.546.6759


Historic Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Sam Reed, Sexton
Tel: 404.658.6019



centers of hope

In his first year in office, Mayor Kasim Reed fulfilled his campaign promise for the Department of Parks and Recreation to re-open all 33 of Atlanta’s recreation centers and turn them into safe havens where the city’s young people could receive academic enrichment, engage in physical fitness activities and learn character-building skills. The next step encompassed DPR transforming them into Centers of Hope with more in-depth programming, improved facilities and specially trained staff.

A Center of Hope is a high-performing recreation center with enhanced youth development.

The City of Atlanta has established and created 10 Centers of Hope.

1. C.T. Martin*
2. Adams Park
3. Ben Hill*
4. Bessie Branham
5. Grove Park
6. Peachtree Hills
7. Pittman*
8. MLK
9. Rosel Fann
10. Thomasville*

*Of the 10 COH, C.T. Martin, Thomasville, Ben Hill and Pittman are operated by the City of Atlanta in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.

For more information on the Centers of Hope, click here


    Click on image below to view the 2018 Winter Catalog!



To sign up for classes, reserve space and more click on iPARCS below.


Do you need help with...

A list of parks and amenities click here

Reporting a down tree
Call the Parks Customer Service Call Center at 404.546.6813 for park maintenance requests, trees down in the street, and requests for inspection of a City-owned tree. Open weekdays 7:30am - 4:30pm. Nights, weekends and holidays, call 911 to report trees down in the street.

Locating a recreation center click here

Resource Information

2010/2011 DPRCA Annual Report

2009/2010 DPRCA Annual Report




The Office of Parks

The Office of Recreation

The Office of Park Design

The Office of Management Services


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