About Us

SPAR's Mission


Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation (SPAR) mission is to provide the citizens and visitors of Shreveport cultural opportunities and leisure services by creating a vital parks and recreation system offering quality of life services, promoting natural space, enhancing the local economy and improving community service.

SPAR's Vision - "Enhancing lives through people, parks, places, play & programs"


Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation envisions facilities, programs, services and events that enrich our community.  We shall accomplish this through:  faithful stewardship of our community's natural, cultural and historical resources; innovative programming and facilitation; cooperative partnerships with our diverse community; and, enhancing customer service and public outreach.

Operations


Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation is responsible for maintenance, appearance and operation of city properties, including:
  • Government offices
  • Fire stations
  • Assembly facilities
  • Community centers
  • Parks
  • Athletic facilities
  • Cemeteries
  • Flower beds
  • Rights-of-way
  • All municipal grounds
We operate many special event facilities including convention and meeting facilities, entertainment venues and stadiums. Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation is also responsible for programming, scheduling, equipment facilitation, site preparation, set-up, and clean up.

Inventory


We have:
  • 63 parks 
  • 16 recreation centers
  • 5 swimming pools
  • 46 Playgrounds
  • 300 flower / rose beds
  • 4 cemeteries
In addition, we have 28 highly visible grounds such as: The Barnwell Garden and Art Center, Festival Plaza, Randall T. Moore and Municipal Auditorium.  Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation also repairs and maintains the plumbing, painting, electrical, roofing, etc. of 126 city-owned properties. We provide a clean and safe environment in 52 city-owned facilities.

Customers


Annually we serve:
  • more than 400,000 youth & adults in our community center
  • 8,400 participate in track, basketball, baseball and softball leagues
  • More than 76,000 citizens and tourists visit Independence Stadium 
  • 1.5 million visitors and citizens are served by SPAR through its role in festivals, special events, parades, trade shows, and conventions

Divisions


Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation has 7 divisions:
  • Administration
  • Athletics
  • Environmental Services
  • Event Services
  • Grounds / Building Maintenance
  • Planning and Development
  • Recreation