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SPAR's Mission

Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation mission is to provide the citizens and visitors of Shreveport quality leisure services and cultural activities, by creating a vital parks and recreation system that provides quality of life services that promote natural spaces, the local economy and the welfare of our community.

SPAR's Vision - "A Lifetime of Fun"

Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation pledges to provide facilities, programs, services, and events that are wholesome and safe. SPAR will accomplish this vision through:

  • Innovation in programming and facility development;
  • Faithful stewardship of our community’s natural, cultural, and historical resources; and
  • Provide the highest standard of excellence in public service through cooperative partnership with our diverse community.

Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) is responsible for maintenance, appearance and operation of city properties, including: government offices, fire stations, assembly facilities, recreation centers, parks, athletic facilities, cemeteries, flower beds, rights-of-way, and 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.

We have:
  • 63 parks with more than 29,000 acres
  • 18 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 and others. Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation also repairs and maintains the plumbing, painting, electrical, roofing, etc. of 125 city-owned properties. We provide a clean and safe environment in 52 city-owned facilities.

Annually we serve:
  • 267,000 youth and adults use the recreation centers
  • 65,000 adults and children participate in special programs offered at recreation centers citywide
  • 6,000 participate in track, basketball, baseball and softball leagues
  • More than 300,000 citizens and tourists visit Independence Stadium and Fairgrounds Field
  • 1.2 million visitors and citizens are served by SPAR through its role in festivals, special events, parades, trade shows, and conventions

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

City of Shreveport, Louisiana