The Parks and Recreation department sets the standard in meeting the recreation and leisure needs of the Woodstock community. Expectations are met through extraordinary customer service, strong community partnerships, top notch facilities and trails, authentic local programming, and attractive large scale special events.
Woodstock is the city of choice for healthy living and high quality of life, accessible to the best recreation, leisure, and entertainment opportunities available, all connected through an extensive network of parks, trails, and natural areas.
The Woodstock Parks and Recreation department is responsible for maintaining our 7 city parks, community garden, 14 miles of mountain bike trails and the Greenprints trail System. The department also programs some of the most loved city events including two parades, ceremonies, the Woodstock Summer Concert Series and new events aimed at providing fitness programming to our residents. They also run the William G. Long Senior Center.
The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited park and recreation agencies throughout the United States by providing agencies with a management system of best practices. CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies and is a valuable measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. Achieving CAPRA accreditation is the best way to demonstrate that the agency and the staff provide communities with the highest level of service. The Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department was first accredited in 2013, and then re-accredited in 2018 under the leadership of former Parks and Recreation Director Preston Pooser, and is scheduled for review again in the spring of 2023.
"It is an honor to lead a great team into the next phase of accreditation and continuous improvement; involving all the staff, city leaders, and the citizens in developing an authentic parks and recreation program that is built on national standards, and designed with the needs and desires of all the citizens of Woodstock in mind." - Michael D. Huffstetler, Parks and Recreation Director.