Parks & Recreation’s unsung heroes help make our park and event experiences exceptional

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator  

When we think about parks, we typically envision picturesque open spaces, playgrounds filled with children’s laughter, and tranquil trails winding through nature’s beauty. You may overlook the devoted team of professionals working to ensure those recreational havens function seamlessly.  

In College Station, our 51-person park operations crew oversees 56 developed and nine undeveloped parks, spanning nearly 1,971 acres.   They are responsible for essential tasks such as maintaining park grounds and cemeteries, preparing athletic fields, keeping restrooms clean, collecting trash, inspecting playgrounds for safety, trimming trees, and making minor repairs.

Their keen devotion to detail ensures a positive experience whenever a resident or visitor enters a park.  

In addition to daily maintenance, the operations crew plays a crucial role in organizing and supporting events and tournaments so that cherished festivities such as “Christmas in the Park” are extraordinary. Our workers are the driving force that makes these gatherings run without a hitch, creating timeless memories for all.  

Despite their immense contributions, these dedicated individuals remain largely unnoticed as they quietly work to create the best possible experience for park-goers. Ultimately, their efforts enhance the quality of life for our entire community.  

So, next time you find yourself strolling through a beautiful park or attending a community event, take a moment to appreciate the dedication and exemplary service of the park operations crew. A simple “thank you” goes a long way in acknowledging the value of their efforts.

We’re Hiring!

Are you or someone you know looking for a job? We’re hiring light equipment operators, irrigation specialists, horticulture workers, and ground workers.  

For a list of job opportunities and to apply, visit or call 979-764-3517.

About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 18 years, the last decade as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.

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