OUR GOAL

Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in DeSoto, provide World Class customer service, premier parks and dynamic recreational experiences. DeSoto Parks and Recreation is a vital component in the community that provides diverse services and opportunities. Our commitment is to professionalism passion to grow

and improve the community.

THE

PARKS +REC

VISION

Professionalism: We will exemplify the highest standards of the profession.

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​Engage: We will develop strong relationships.

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​Inspire: We will promote community health and vibrant lifestyles.

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Integrity: We commit to be fair and honest in all we say and do.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR

M. Reneé Johnson

DeSoto’s Managing Director of Parks & Recreation, M. Reneé Johnson, knows her subject matter better than just about anybody in parks & recreation business. The Managing Director has spent nearly three decades helping guide parks and recreational operations in four different cities including Dallas. 

 

During her tenure in DeSoto, Managing Director Johnson has managed efficiently and leveraged resources to allow for the expansion of cultural events, educational enrichment programs, community partnerships, and targeted teen recreation and volunteerism. In 2016, Johnson led DeSoto’s Parks and Recreation Department to a coveted CAPRA accreditation designation, making DeSoto one of just 174 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States. 

 

Before moving to DeSoto, Johnson served the City of Dallas as a District Manager for the Parks & Recreation Department and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the DFW Director’s Association.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2019/

Volunteer Service Individual

Volunteer Service Individual Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2016/

Accreditation of Parks

Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies, National Recreation and Park Association

2014/

Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities Programming Achievement Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2014/

Readers Choice Award

2014 Readers Choice Award - Best City Employee, Focus Daily News

2013/

Excellence in Programing

2013 Excellence in Programming Award Special Event, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2018/

Advocate of the Year

Advocate of the Year Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2015/

Committee's Choice Award

Committee’s Choice Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2014/

Excellence in Programming

Excellence in Innovative Programming Award, National Recreation and Park Association

2014/

Readers Choice Award

2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Place for Kids, Focus Daily News

2018/

Advocate of the Year

Advocate of the Year Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2015/

Readers Choice Award

Readers Choice Award - Best Place for Kids, Focus Daily News

2014/

Lone Star Programming

News Lone Star Programming Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2014/

Readers Choice Award

2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Local City Event, Focus Daily News

2017/

Excellence in Maintenance

Excellence in Maintenance and Quality, Texas Turfgrass Association 

2015/

Recreation Professional

Recreation Professional of the Year Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society

2014/

Readers Choice Award

2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Community Theater, Focus Daily News

2014/

Readers Choice Award

2014 Readers Choice Award - Best Health Club, Focus Daily News

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