Parks, Recreation & Forestry

New Software Reservation System!

The Parks, Rec & Forestry Department has changed software systems and you can now book your campground stay, reserve a picnic shelter, or rent out a court at 5th St Gym.  Also, you can reserve the Dakota Nature Park facilities and register for rec 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

The Parks Department builds and maintains the parks in the Brookings Park system, comprising over 640 acres. The department also cooperates closely with the Brookings School District in building and maintaining joint school / park facilities.

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

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.

Recreation Opportunities

The Recreation Department 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.


Brooking's 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.

Get Ready for the 3rd Annual Brookings Community Games

Website Header Graphic of Community Games logo with illustration of people holding hands

This  June the City of Brookings Parks and Recreation Department will host the 3rd Annual Brookings Community Games. 

The focus of the event is to introduce people to a multitude of recreational activities and facilities. It promote the importance and satisfaction of living a healthy lifestyle, offers friendly competition, and provides the opportunity to meet new people while having a lot of fun! The smiles and memories will prevail over any soreness your body may experience! 

Join in on the fun (LINK).