Recreation Life Program Guide Summer Fall 2020





Summer/Fall 2020

In this Issue

Summer Camps .................... 6

BMX ...................................... 10

Youth Advisory Council .... 12

Membership ........................ 16

Virtual Classes .................... 18

Special Events ..................... 19

Park Guide .......... Back Cover


Summer/Fall 2020

Mission Statement

The department’s mission is to

enrich the quality of life in DeSoto,

provide World Class customer

service, premier parks and dynamic

recreational experiences.

City Council

Curtistine McCowan

Kay Brown-Patrick

Nicole Raphiel

Andre Byrd

Dinah Marks

Candice Quarles

Kenzie Moore III


Place 2

Place 3

Place 4

Place 5

Place 6

Place 7



Community Facilities

Information and Update

Summer Camps


Volunteer DeSoto

Youth Advisory Council

Recreation Center


Virtual Programs

Special Events

Senior Center


Civic Center

Rental Pavilions

Facility Features
















Back Cover

City Manager

Brandon Wright

City Officials

Deputy City Manager

Isom Cameron

Park Development Corporation Board

Gail Lofton

John McCalib

Entaune Tyson

Althea Satterfield-White

Shronda Whitfeild

Pierette Parker

Candace Sledge

Sponsorship Opportunities

The City of DeSoto Parks and Recreation Department has a unique

opportunity for you and your business. By becoming a sponsor of one of the

many events, parks or our recreation center, you can make a difference in the

community! Plus, you’ll enjoy and benefit from a variety of incentives and

sponsorship rewards.


Register for classes online at

DeSoto’s Interim Managing Director, Chris

Glover, has been a consistent and central figure

in the Nationally Accredited Parks & Recreation

Department. He has spent over two decades

guiding parks and recreational operations in

DeSoto. Throughout Chris’s tenure, he has

established long term relationships with various

DeSoto citizens, sports associations, homeowner’s

associations, and school districts regionally and

nationally. He continues these relationships

with proper planning, acknowledging issues,

and solving problems. Because of his unique relationships, Chris has received

numerous awards, letters, and certificates of appreciation and recognition. He

has served as an Executive Director for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation

in addition to being recognized as Recreation Professional of the Year with the

Texas Recreation and Parks Society. He implemented the National Recreation

and Parks Society Accreditation process within the Department and is a

graduate from the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Directors



Discover DeSoto

Experience Recreation

And Come Play with Us!

Thank you,

Chris Glover

Interim Managing Director of Parks and Recreation

Vision Statement

DeSoto Parks and Recreation is a vital component in the community that provides

diverse services and opportunities. Our staff will be known for their commitment to

professionalism and their ability to grow and change with the community.

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

Engage: We will develop strong relationships.

Inspire: We will promote community health and vibrant lifestyles.

Integrity: We will be fair and honest.




Community Facilities

P.A.R.D. Administrative Office

211 E. Pleasant Run Rd.


Civic Center

211 E. Pleasant Run Rd.


Corner Theatre

211 E. Pleasant Run Rd.


Moseley Pool

1300 Honor Dr.


Recreation Center

211 E. Pleasant Run Rd.


Adult Activity Center

204 Lion St.


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Administrative Staff

Chris Glover

Interim Parks Managing Director

Nathan Busby

Parks Superintendent

Deneen Anderson

Special Events Manager

Dianca McGee

Senior Center Manager

Stephanie Young

Parks Staff Assistant

Chermaine Cole

Business Manager

Steve Moore

Athletics Manager

Kevin Moore

Sports and Recreation Manager

Roderick Turner

Marketing & Communication

Chris Henderson

Administrative Assistant I

Recreation Center Reopening Phase II

In consideration of Governor Abbott’s guidelines and directives, as well as CDC and the City-County Health

Department guidelines, we have developed a phased approach to reopening parks and facilities. The plan

outlines the inaugural guidelines established by the Parks and Recreation Department. However, staff

will continue to evaluate mandates throughout each phase. This plan is designed to balance recreational

opportunities and community safety. It is important to note that this is a fluid document and may be revised.

Join us on Facebook @desotorec for updates.

We encourage participants and partners to abide by established rules and requirements. Please direct questions

or concerns to the Parks and Recreation Department via phone at 972-230-9655 or e-mail: youthsports@

Facilities currently open

Fitness center located at the DeSoto Recreation Center

Open space and trails

Phase II Facilities will open and programs will begin on June 8th

Park Restrooms

Walking track and gymnasium located at the DeSoto Recreation Center

Personal training

Athletic leagues (Softball, Baseball, and Soccer)

Practice athletic fields

DeSoto BMX Complex

Group exercises

Indoor leagues


Moseley Pool

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, Moseley Pool will not open this season. The closure will affect all swim

lessons and swim activities for this summer. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing

you in 2021.

Youth Sports: Youth Football and Cheerleading

In an effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, the youth football leadership and the DeSoto Parks

and Recreation Department decided to postpone the fall season until the spring of 2021. Additionally, we have

a tentative plan to begin youth football and cheerleading registration in November. Please continue to visit our

website for further updates.

Need a New

Workout Plan?

Start your fitness membership pass


Passes starting low as

$20 per month

The DeSoto Fitness Center offers stateof-the-art

cardiovascular, strengthening

equipment and personal television





DeSoto Youth Advisory Council

About our Youth Advisory Council

The DeSoto Y.A.C. is in it’s 10 th year of existence.

An application is required to be a member and

to remain active, students must attend 75% of all

meetings. The DeSoto Youth Advisory Council

provides an opportunity for students to develop

community awareness and experiences that are

beneficial on job and college applications.

What’s in it for me?

Events we host and

participate in

• Christmas Tree Lighting

• Hip Hop Summit

• Hometown Holiday Parade

• Valentine’s Day Dance

• Easter Eggstravaganza

• A letter of recommendation

• Scholastic community service


• Solid understanding of city


• Learning new leadership


• And much more!!


DeSoto Youth Advisory Council

How to join our Youth Advisory Council

You must fill out an application form in order

to be considered for the youth advisory council,

we require a copy of the student’s transcript.

Applications will be available online and can

be faxed to 972-230-5796 or emailed to selliott@ or delivered to the Parks and

Recreation Admintration at 211 E. Pleasant Run.


Who is eligible to


• High school student

• Reside within DeSoto

city limits

Who can I contact?

Call 972-230-9653

or visit our website at


What will I learn? What will I do?

• Learn about DeSoto’s history

• Tour city facilities

• Attend conferences with other youth councils

• Participate in special events

• Hands on experience with city services


• Opportunity to meet city officials



Monday - Thursday




DeSoto Recreation Center

(972) 230-9655

(Operation Hours)

Recreation Center

5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fitness Center

5:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hours of operation are subject to change due to holidays, games, tournaments and

special events.


• Two competition-size gymnasiums

• Treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical

machines, Hammer strength, Cybex

Universal weight machines, Arc

Training, and Jacobs Ladder.

• One racquetball court

• 1/12 mile walking/jogging track

• Dance room

• Two multipurpose areas

• Men and women’s locker rooms

Membership Requirements

Membership to the Recreation Center is

open to users who are residents of the

City of DeSoto. A photo I.D. and two

forms showing proof of residency are

required to apply for a new membership;

and one form of residency is required

for renewals (Photocopies will not be


Proof of Residency

• A valid driver’s license or

identification card issued by the Texas

Department of Public Safety showing

the DeSoto address of that person.

• A current utility (gas, electric, water)

showing the DeSoto address of that


• A current lease or mortgage showing

the DeSoto address of that person.

• A current voter’s registration card

showing the DeSoto address of that


• A current auto insurance card

showing the DeSoto address of that


Non - Residents

Non-residents who work for a business

in the City of DeSoto may get a

membership pass with photo I.D. and a

current business pay check showing that

the person is an employee of a business

in DeSoto. However, the spouse and

children of the employee are unable to

obtain a membership.

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Recreation Pass

Basketball Gym, Jogging/Walking Track (15

years and older), Game Area

Ages 6-54

Age 55 & Older

Recreation Day Pass

Individual Fitness Pass

$10 per year

$5 per year

$5 per day

Fitness Room, Basketball Gym, Jogging/

Walking Track, Game Area

Ages 55

Ages 16-54 & Older

1 Month

6 Months

1 Year

Fitness Day Pass

Family Fitness Pass









All members must live in the same

household to qualify as a family.

Payment for all members must be

made at the time of registration. Once

registered, additional members can not

be added until the family pass expires.

2 Members 3 Members 4 Members

1 Month

6 Months

1 Year










Guest Policy

All guests (non-members, out-oftown,

visitors, spectators) who are

accompanied by members must

purchase a guest pass to enter the


Recreation Guest Pass

Fitness Guest Pass

$5 per day

$10 per day



About the Fitness Room

The DeSoto Fitness Center features treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights and

a Cybex universal weight systems. Our state of the art cardio equipment boasts

individual theater televisions - bring your own headphones or you may purchase

them in the Recreation Center for $5.00.



Corporate Membership

Members Agency Fee Membership Fee

0 - 2

3- 7

8 - 12

13 - 17

18 - 22

23 +







Corporate membership includes use of the:

Indoor Track, Game Room Area, Racquetball

Courts, Gymnasiums, Fitness Room, and 25%

discount on recreation classes for the year.

Center Rules & Policies

25% Discount






1. A valid membership pass is required to use the

recreation center facilities. Participants must

scan their pass at the Control Center to gain

entry into the gym, track, racquetball courts

and/or fitness room. All guests must pay for

a day pass to access these facilities. Using

another participant’s pass to gain access is


2. Youth under the age of 12 must be

accompanied by an adult. Youth may not enter

the center until 3:00 p.m. when schools are in


3. All clothing attire must be worn appropriately.

Shirts and pants must be worn at all times.

Non-marking athletic shoes are allowed.

Shorts and pants must not be sagging.

4. Food, gum or drinks are not allowed in the

gym, track, racquetball courts and fitness


5. Alcoholic beverages, smoking and tobacco

products are not allowed in recreation center.

6. No running or horseplay in the hallways.

7. Profanity or vulgar language is not allowed.

8. No pets allowed.

9. Boom boxes or large radios are not allowed.

Personal radios with headphones are


Rules & Policies

Basketball Gyms

1. No dunking. Do not grab the rims or nets.

2. Half court play is allowed. Full court play

is only allowed with permission from the

recreation supervisor.

3. Organized practices are not allowed unless

the gym space has been rented through the

recreation supervisor.

Fitness Room

1. Participants 16 years and older with a fitness

pass are allowed in the fitness room.

2. Water in closable bottle may be brought in the

fitness room.

3. All weights must be returned to the racks

when finished being used. Do not take weights

out of fitness room. Do not drop weights on


4. Wipe off the equipment with a towel after each


5. Do not open the door for anyone trying to get

into the fitness room.

Jogging/Walking Track (12 laps = 1 mile)

1. Participants 15 years and older are allowed on

the track.

2. All users must travel in the same direction as


3. Walking or jogging side by side with another

person is not allowed.

4. Standing on the track is not allowed.

Have a suggestion, comment, complaint

or praise?

Let us know at recreationstaff@desototexas.


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Racquetball Court Rental Fees

Monday - Thursday

5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm.


5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$1 per hour/person

$2 per hour/person

$1 per hour/person

Center’s Court Rules

1. Participants 16 years and older are

allowed on the racquetball courts.

Participants under the age of 16 must

have adult supervision.

2. Racquetball, handball, and wallyball

are permitted on the courts.

3. Racquetball courts must be reserved

at the Control Center. Participants

must have a recreation/fitness pass to

reserve a court.

4. Each participant must pay the

designated court fees. Guests must

pay for a day pass, in addition to the

court fees.

5. Eye protection is required at all


Gym Rental Fees



6:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


$2 per hour/person

$2 per hour/person

1. Participants must have a membership

to use the racquetball courts.

2. Courts may be reserved up to 48

hours in advance.

3. Each member/guest must pay the

court fee.

Two full size courts equipped with

hardwood floors surrounding by six

adjustable goals. Maximum capacity is

up to 197. Reservations must be made up

to 7 days in advance. Cancellations must

be made 24 hours in advance.

Full Court

Half Court

$75 per hour

$50 per hour


Do you want to teach people a new skill

or help them discover a hidden talent?

Contact the recreation center for more


Register for classes online at




DeSoto Adult Activity Center

Everyone, age 50 and over, is welcome at the

DeSoto Adult Center, where active seniors

of today can participate in a variety of


Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (972) 230-5825

204 Lion Street, DeSoto, TX 75115

The center provides many recreational and

social opportunities; the congregant meal

program, blood pressure screenings, games,

dances, entertainment, travel, exercise,

cultural events, volunteer opportunities,

nutrition and health education.

A free activity calendar is available the last

week of each month, providing information

about planned activities, trips and events

plus the meal menu for upcoming month.


Transportation to and from the center is

available to DeSoto Residents 50 years or

older living in the DeSoto City limits. For

more information or to schedule pickup, call

972-230-5825 between 7:00am and 7:30am


Transportation Schedule

The center provides transportation from the

Senior Center to the following:

Monday Wal-Mart

Wednesday Grocery Store

Thursday Library

Friday Dollar Store, Bank, Post Office,

Drug Store

Health & Fitness

A fitness area is available to members and


• Two treadmills

• A stationary bike

• Weight machines

Education and health screenings are

presented monthly. Check the monthly

calendar for times and dates.

Meal Program

A hot nutritious lunch is served daily at

11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

• A donation of $1.00 is suggested for

meal participants age 60 years or older

and their spouse.

• The cost is $6.00 if you are younger than


• Meals must be ordered by noon two

days in advance.


Register for classes online at


Basketball Association

Phone number: 972-230-9655


Baseball Association



Phone number: 214-864-5653


Football & Cheerleading League

Phone number: 972-230-9655


Girls Softball Association

Phone number: 469-358-2411


Soccer Association


Volunteer Opportunities

DeSoto Sports Association is looking for

qualified and innovative volunteers for our

youth. If you have a unique talent, skill or

idea, please contact our associations.



DeSoto Civic Center

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (972) 230-9650

Fax: (972) 230-5796

The DeSoto Civic Center offers meeting and banquet facilities, as well as an outdoor

Amphitheater to accommodate groups as large as 210. All bookings must be made in

person and reservations can be made up to one year in advance.For more information

about rental policies, procedures and availability, call (972) 230-9650 or visit our website at

Rooms Accommodations Mon. - Sat. Mon. - Thurs. Fri. - Sat. Sunday

7 am - 4 pm 6 pm - 10 pm 6 pm - 12 am 1 pm - 6 pm

1 Pecan Room 40 with tables and chairs $95 $120 $180 $140

50 with chairs only

2 Pecan Rooms 80 with tables and chairs $190 $240 $360 $280

100 with chairs only

3 Pecan Rooms 120 with tables and chairs $285 $360 $540 $420

150 with chairs only

1 Bluebonnet Room 70 with tables and chairs $150 $200 $230 $150

100 with chairs only

2 Bluebonnet Rooms 140 with tables and chairs $300 $400 $460 $300

200 with chairs only

3 Bluebonnet Rooms 210 with tables and chairs $450 $600 $690 $450

300 with chairs only

Kitchen Refrigerator, stove, oven, $40 $50 $75 $45

ice dispenser, 2 sinks,

and a microwave

(Kitchen only available

with rental of the

Bluebonnet Room #3)

Amphitheater $175 N/A N/A $175


The pavilions are available to DeSoto residents, non-profit organizations, and

businesses as well as nonresidents. Pavilions are accepted on a first come, first serve

basis. You can start booking your reservation on January 1 through October 31.

Please call 972-230-9650 to check availability or for more information. Pavilions are

rented in a five hour time block or all day.

Cleaning the Facility:

The reserving party is responsible for cleaning the facility. The Parks and Recreation

Department may not be able to clean pavilions between reservations. Tables and

immediate grounds must be cleared of litter at the conclusion of the reservation


Bounce Houses:

Bounce houses are allowed in city parks; however, the bounce house vendor

must provide a generator with all bounce house rentals.


Grills are not allowed.

Please note that there is a $50 refundable deposit in addition to rental rates. All payment is

due in full for Pavilion rentals.


Park Mon. - Thurs. Mon. - Thurs. Mon. - Thurs. Fri. - Sun. Fri. - Sun. Fri. - Sun.

9am - 2pm 3pm - 9pm All Day 9am - 2pm 3pm - 9pm All Day

Ernie Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident

Roberts $75 $75 $100 $100 $100 $150


Pavilion Non Non Non Non Non Non

Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident

$100 $100 $150 $150 $150 $250

Ernie Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident

Roberts $100 $100 $150 $150 $150 $250


Pavilion Non Non Non Non Non Non

Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident

$150 $150 $250 $250 $250 $400

Grimes Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident

Small $75 $75 $100 $100 $100 $150


Non Non Non Non Non Non

Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident Resident

$100 $100 $150 $150 $150 $250



Park Hours: 5am - 12am

Fields & Courts

Special Site Features

Play Equip.

Briarwood Park

DeSoto Ranch Nature Trail

Ernie Roberts Park

Grimes Park

Kiva Park

Mantlebook Trail

Acres 13.51 22.73 9.62 74.03 10.03 7.19 102.11 19.45 4.20 2.31 3.70 11.92 60.19 25.27

All-purpose Field X X

Baseball/Softball Field X X X X

Basketball Court X X X X

Football Field


Soccer Field X X



Batting Cages


BMX Track


Community Center X X

Concession Building X X X

Dance Studio


Fitness/Multipurpose Center X X

Grills X X

Historical Monument


Indoor Track


Nature Area X X

Neighborhood Access X X X X X X X X X

Outdoor Fitness Station X X

Outdoor Swimming Pool


Parking Lot X X X X X X X X X X X X

Pavilion X X X X X

Picnic Tables X X X X X X X

Playground - Covered X X X X X X

Playground - Uncovered X X



Public Restrooms X X X X X X X X

Racquetball Court


Rental/Banquet Facilities



Trail X X X X X X X X

Equipment for 0-5 yrs X X X X X X X X X

Equipment for 5+ yrs X X X X X X X X X

Individual Equipment X X X

Zip Line


Meadowcreek Park

Moseley Park

Murphy Hills Park

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Nance Farm

North Elerson Park

Recreation Center

Roy Orr Trail

Senior Activity Center

Townsend Park

Windmill Nature Preserve

Zeiger Park

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