The administration of the Parks and Recreation Department, which includes the operation and programming of recreation facilities, park planning and maintenance, and facility maintenance, is the responsibility of the Parks and Recreation Director. The Parks and Recreation Commission and the Cultural Arts Commission, which are appointed by City Council, provide policy direction. Several volunteer and advisory citizen groups also provide support and recommendations to the Director and staff.
Sharon Ranals has been with the Parks and Recreation Department since 1980, and currently serves as the Parks and Recreation Director. She has built many community relationships during her years with the City, and has a strong commitment to public service. Sharon has been instrumental in securing grant funding and implementing several significant projects and programs during her career, including the construction of Centennial Way and the Joseph Fernekes Recreation Building at Orange Memorial Park. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University. She was recently recognized by the California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members as the state-wide Outstanding Professional of the year.
The Parks and Recreation Department is organized by program area, with each program administered by a supervisor, coordinator, or specialist. In addition, there are a group of affiliated organizations that operate out of City facilities and park locations. These activities are co-sponsored by the Department, but are not staffed or supervised by City personnel.
Mission Statement The Parks and Recreation Department mission is to provide opportunities for physical, cultural and social well being; protect and enhance the physical environment; and ensure the effective and efficient use of public facilities and open space.