Parks, Recreation and Forestry

New Software Reservation System!

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department recently changed software systems and you can now book your campground stay, reserve a picnic shelter, or rent a court at 5th Street Gym. Also, you can reserve the Dakota Nature Park facilities, register for recreation activities, or buy pool memberships when they become available!

Please create your account so you're ready to go by clicking on this link:

Creating Community Through People, Parks & Programs

Parks Responsibilities

Parks builds and maintains the parks in the Brookings Parks system, which comprises more than 640 acres. Parks also cooperates closely with the Brookings School District in building and maintaining joint school / park facilities.

Parks maintains a fully equipped maintenance fleet of vehicles, mowers and specialty equipment. Full-time staff, assisted by seasonal employees, provide all maintenance and plays a significant role in developing and constructing new parks. For more information, please refer to the Park Master Plan (PDF).

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation provides a wide range of youth, adult and family public recreational activities. City recreation exists to provide opportunities for leisure time activities at an affordable cost, usually subsidized by public funds, which are not feasible or easily provided by the private sector.

Forestry Purpose

The purpose of the Forestry section of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is to preserve and perpetuate one of the community's most valuable natural resource and asset - its municipal forest of trees on public property, including boulevards, parks and other city properties. The City of Brookings is responsible for the planting, care and maintenance and removal / replacement of trees on public property, including city boulevards, parks and schools.


Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department periodically takes photos of participants in our programs, during special events and in the parks. These photos may be used in the City's media publications.