Parks & Recreation Department

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the management of the park systems, recreational facilities, and programs as well as the Westwood Complex. The department is organized into 5 functional divisions: Administration, Parks, Recreation, Parks Planning, Westwood, Forestry.


Parks and Recreation Main Page


Administration Division

The Administration Division is responsible for the management of the 5 divisions, 43 full-time and 19 part-time staff members and associate seasonal staff, as well as the overall required budgeting, accounting, purchasing and effective distribution of the department's operating and capital improvement resources.  The Administration Division also provides representation on City Boards and two outside agencies, and the leadership and direction in accomplishing the department's mission through short and long range planning.


Jason Olsen | Director of Parks and Recreation

Lisa Griggs | Sr. Program Coordinator

Karla Sitton | Administrative Tech

Parks Division

The Parks Division is responsible for providing development and maintenance of the City's parks, recreation facility grounds, athletic fields, and other City owned properties.  These areas are maintained to aesthetically reflect community identity, enrich the quality of life and provide open and safe space for leisure time activities and in keeping with the Park Master Plan.


Wade Thompson | Parks Superintendent

Mike Carter | Parks Supervisor


Parks Page

Recreation Division

The Recreation Division is responsible for the operation of five (5) Recreation Centers, which include the Senior Citizens Center, the Whittier and Irving Recreation Centers (attached to middle schools), the Little Axe Community Center, and the 12th Avenue Recreation Center.  These centers provide recreational opportunities through their programming and also rental space for meetings and other community gatherings including multiple special events.  The Recreation Division is also responsible for the Westwood Family Aquatic Center which includes a 50m pool, lazy river, waterslides, spray park, new bath house and more and the Westwood Tennis Center includes twelve (12) adult and four (4) youth outdoor courts and a Tennis Club House and Pro Shop. 


Veronica Tracy | Recreation Manager

Mitchell Richardson | Recreation Supervisor (12th Avenue Recreation Center)

Harold Lee | Recreation Supervisor (Irving Recreation Center)

Stephanie Bennett | Recreation Supervisor (Whittier Recreation Center)

BJ Brewer | Interim Recreation Supervisor (Senior Citizens Center)

Gabby McGarrah | Recreation Supervisor (Little Axe Community Center)

Josh Holman | Recreation Supervisor Aquatics & Special Events

Recreation Page

Parks Planning Division

James Briggs | Parks Planner II

Mitch Miles | Park Planner I

Parks Page

Westwood Division

James Lowery | Interim Greens Superintendent

Rick Parish | Head Golf Pro

Marc Claude | Tennis Pro

Westwood Golf Course Page

Westwood Tennis Center Page


Master Plan

The Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to present the 2009 Norman Parks and Recreation Master Plan entitled "A Legacy For The Next Generation" which was adopted by the City Council on November 24, 2009. This document is the summary of a nine month planning and public input process, and includes key short term and long term recommendations for Norman's parks and recreation system. 

Download the Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Master Plan 1

Master Plan 2