Our Mission is to work within our resources and in partnership with the community to provide diverse, wholesome, and safe recreational activities and facilities that enrich quality of life. We strive to meet our mission through the divisions of Parks, Recreation, Cemetery, Golf, and Shooting Sports.
The Parks Division is responsible for all maintenance and management of 34 parks and mini parks covering over 437 acres. Within these parks there are 22 ball fields, 21 playgrounds, 16 tennis courts and three lakes. The Greenhouse facility lies within the Park Maintenance Division. Over 20,000 plants are grown each year for parks flower beds that are planted and maintained each year by city staff and volunteers.
The Grand Island Cemetery is a 90-acre tract. The division is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep of the land, facilities, and for the interment of over 150 individuals annually.
The Recreation Division provides:
Summer Youth Programs – Park camps, children's theater, craft programs and more are offered throughout the summer at several park locations.
Special Events – Annual special events include the Hershey Track Youth Program, Grand Island Games, free band concerts, and more.
Community Fieldhouse – The Fieldhouse is a 70,000 square foot indoor recreational facility which features indoor turf, three batting cages, four volleyball courts, two basketball courts, meeting rooms, and an indoor playground. Activities include leagues, tournaments, and rentals for birthday parties, volleyball, soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, softball, and much more.
Lincoln Pool – Rebuilt in 2013, this traditional pool located in the northeast section of Grand Island with diving boards and a 150’ waterslide. Lincoln Pool features modern updates which include new bathhouse, shade structures, and ADA accessibility. This facility is used for swim lessons, pool parties, and open swimming.
Island Oasis Water Park – A seven acre facility that features a wave pool, six slides, lazy river, children's activities, sand volleyball, and a full concession stand. Programming includes swim lessons, open swimming, and group rentals.
Jackrabbit Run Golf Course is a 175-acre, 18-hole championship course that is located northeast of Grand Island or east of the airport. The pro-shop is operated by a Golf Professional under a contract with the City. The course provides annually over 30,000 rounds of golf each year. Fees charged to play the course are very affordable.
The Heartland Public Shooting Park consists of 420 acres of land. Improvements to the site include six skeet ranges, eight trap ranges, a ten station sporting clays course, rifle and pistol ranges, a seven acre lake, RV campground and archery venue. The facility has been developed using over 1.2 million dollars of private funds along with city dollars. The development and operation of Heartland Public Shooting Park is based on a public/private partnership. Volunteers play a major role in the operation of the facility