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Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Parks Responsibilities
Peter Colson
Contact
Peter Colson
Director

520 3rd Street, Suite 130
Brookings, SD  57006

Ph: (605) 692-2708
Fx: (605) 697-8355

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Parks Department builds and maintains the parks in the Brookings Park system, comprising over 500 acres. The department also cooperates closely with the Brookings School District in building and maintaining joint school / park facilities.

The Parks Department maintains a fully equipped maintenance fleet of vehicles, mowers and specialty equipment. A full-time staff of 12 employees, assisted by 30 seasonal employees, provides all maintenance and plays a significant role in developing and constructing new parks.  For more information, please refer to the Master Park Plan.

Forestry Purpose
The purpose of the forestry section of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is to preserve and perpetuate one of the community's most valuable natural resource and asset - its municipal forest of trees on public property, including boulevards, parks and other city properties. The City of Brookings is responsible for the planting, care and maintenance and removal / replacement of trees on public property, including city boulevards, parks and schools.

Recreation Opportunities
The Recreation Department provides a wide range of youth and adult public recreational activities. City recreation exists to provide opportunities for leisure time activities at an affordable cost, usually subsidized by public funds, which are not feasible or easily provided by the private sector.



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