Parks and Recreation Department
Mission: While Creating Community Through People, Parks and Programs, provide the residents of Moraga with recreational opportunities for all ages.
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The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs! It is well documented that Parks Make Life Better and Moraga has some award winning parks. We offer a variety of programs and activities for people of all ages and interest. From special events, senior citizen local trips, tot classes, youth summer camps, and adult special interest classes, we provide the fun, enrichment and enjoyment for our residents. Staff oversees most special events in Moraga: Mother/Son Dinner Dances & Mother/Daughter Tea, the Egg Hunt, July 4, Pear Festival, Moraga Beautiful, Moraga Triathlon, Breakfast with Santa and Santa Visits. The department is in charge of publishing the Town Crier and Activity Guide.
The Parks and Recreation Department oversees both Park Rentals and Facility Rentals in Moraga. Park Development as well as rentals for picnic areas at the Moraga Commons and at Rancho Laguna are managed by the department. Staff develops the forms and policies for administering this function including collection of rental fees, and management of rentals from start to finish. The department also oversees rentals for one-time meetings as well as ongoing rentals at the Hacienda such as Sister to Sister. Rentals at the Hacienda de las Flores also include scheduling and managing over 65 weddings and special events per year. Wedding/special event coordination is a major operation which comprises: (1) maintaining lists of quality musicians, florists, caterers, etc. as a service to our customers; (2) working with renters on timing vendor drop offs and arrivals; (3) establishing an appropriate event set-up plan and developing excellent customer service with guests.
The department director staffs the Park and Recreation Commission and the Recreation and Facilities Coordination staffs the Moraga Youth Involvement Committee (MYIC). The Commission is appointed by the Council to give advice and make recommendations to the Town Council concerning the planning, acquisition, construction, development, maintenance and operation standards for park and recreational facilities and areas. Staff’s role is to coordinate the commission, including producing the agenda and minutes for the monthly meetings, and informing the Commission with information that might affect the Commission’s decision making process.