Parks & Recreation
By the year 2027, Marble Falls will be known for a park, recreation, and open space system that is second to none. This includes building and maintaining parks and open spaces that are family-friendly, walkable, connected, and which maximize public access to Lake Marble Falls and other natural resources. These areas will be comprised of recreational facilities, other quality of life amenities, and programming to provide residents and visitors of all ages the opportunity to be healthy, physically fit, and socially connected.
Marble Falls envisions achieving this first by being forward thinking with the redevelopment of its existing facilities, followed by strategic expansion and partnerships that respond to the needs of a growing community. This requires a focus not only on design, construction, and other initial capital costs, but also staffing, operations, and long-term maintenance.
We pledge to provide safe and accessible park and community facilities, recreational programming, and community events that will enhance the health and quality of life of our citizens and visitors; enrich the community and environment by conserving, protecting, and enhancing our cultural, historical, archaeological, and natural resources; and attract quality growth and economic development.
The Parks and Recreation Department consists of a Director, Parks Superintendent, Administrative Assistant, Maintenance Technicians, and summer pool staff. Responsibilities include the maintenance, operation, and programming of the Lakeside Pavilion, parks, hike and bike trails, sports fields, swimming pool, and other locations across the city.
The summer pool staff includes a Supervisor, Lifeguards, and Cashiers. Responsibilities include safety for the swimmers and other pool visitors; collection of fees, and maintenance and care of the pool area; as well as swimming lessons, swim team, and private pool parties. The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of the Highland Lakes currently manages and operates the pool.
There is approximately 153 acres of park land, trails, greenbelts, and facilities in Marble Falls. Johnson, Falls Creek and Lakeside Parks are adjacent to one another and are very popular for family outings.
These parks are also used for some of Marble Falls' largest special events like Howdy-Roo, Mayfest, Children's Day, July 4th Celebration, the Marble Falls Music Festival, and the Walkway of Lights.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers summer aquatics programs; and, partners with local youth/adult leagues, civic organizations, and recreational contractors to provide recreational and educational opportunities for all ages. The Parks and Recreation Department also facilitates the use and enjoyment of our park facilities and Lakeside Pavilion.
Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Department interfaces with the Parks and Recreation Commission; which is a volunteer citizen committee that serves in an advisory capacity and makes policy recommendations to the City Council concerning the acquisition, maintenance, operation and use of parks and open spaces within the city.