Community Services Department
The Community Services Department oversees the development, operations and maintenance of Chandler parks, recreation and aquatic facilities. The department also oversees the management and operations of the Chandler Center for the Arts, Vision Gallery, Libraries and Museum facilities. Each area of the department offers citizens a variety of services, programs, activities and special events on a year-round basis.
Chandler received the prestigious Gold Medal award presented by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) in 1998. The City also is one of 19 cities nationwide to have received the “Playful City USA” honor for five consecutive years (2007-2011) as presented by KaBOOM! The program is designed for communities that lead the way in fostering and encouraging the next generation of healthy and productive adults.
Community Services Administration provides information to the public on recreational facilities, cultural and historical programs, libraries, special events, all-ages activities and various types of parks provided by the City. It also provides information to the City Manager's office to assist in the implementation of Council policies. In addition, staff provides administrative support to the Museums Advisory Board, Mayor's Committee for the Aging, Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, Mayor’s Youth Commission and the Parks and Recreation Board.
The Chandler Center for the Arts is responsible for the administration and production of performing arts events and the Vision Gallery, a cultural center and art gallery located at the City Hall campus, as well as coordinating with traveling productions, local arts organizations and Chandler Unified School District events. A product of community leadership, clear vision and unwavering determination, the Center for the Arts is a testament to Chandler’s passionate commitment to the arts. It opened in 1989 as a shared facility between the City and the Chandler Unified School District. Built with the generous support of the community, the Center marks the collaboration of a world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians.
The Chandler Public Library system strives to assist all citizens in obtaining information to meet their diverse personal, educational and professional needs. With four locations in all geographic areas of the community, library users have the opportunity to meet and interact with others, sit quietly and read in an approachable and inviting environment, with high-speed access to the digital world. As the information leader, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. All four Chandler Library branches are responsible for the selection and circulation of materials in a variety of mediums. The libraries serve as learning, educational and cultural centers for the community and promote the development of appreciation for reading and learning. Staff also provides support for the Library Board.
The Chandler Museum Division includes the Downtown Museum, the historic McCullough-Price House that houses an archival research center and exhibit gallery and Tumbleweed Ranch which features a 1917 home, historic grocery store and antique agricultural equipment. The Museum is an innovative learning environment where the community comes together to share our stories, store our cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place. The vision of the Museum is to be the community’s principle resource to explore its people’s history, culture, and their place in the rapidly changing world of today.
The Parks Development and Operations Division maintains 1,189 acres of developed park land at 61 individual Chandler Park sites. Landscape maintenance is also performed for Fire facilities, the Chandler Boys and Girls Club, Compadre Branch and the City Hall campus area. The Department is responsible for park land acquisition, park planning and development, park construction, administration of contracts for park mowing/litter control and lake maintenance at Desert Breeze and Veterans Oasis parks. The Parks Division is also responsible for the programming and operation of six public Chandler Aquatics Facilities.
The Recreation Division provides an exciting array of all-ages, year-round classes, programs and special events, such as co-rec sports leagues, youth intersession and summer camps, teen activities, senior citizen classes, arts, music and nature. The Division programs activities and classes at six City-operated facilities, including the Community Center, Chandler Senior Center, Snedigar Recreation Center, Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Chandler Tennis Center and Environmental Education Center. Over the last 12 years, the Recreation Division has received 11 Arizona Parks & Recreation Association (APRA) awards for the development of new facilities, environmentally-conscious initiatives, special events and community partnerships.
Please select one of the following categories below to learn more about what services the Department provides.
Center for the Arts
The Community Services Department Administration is located at Chandler City Hall:
Chandler City Hall
175 S. Arizona Ave., Fourth Floor
Phone: 480-782-2660 / Fax: 480-782-2713
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