The Parks and Recreation Department offers a comprehensive system of parks, greenways, public facilities and recreational choices that help enhance the quality of life of its residents and visitors. Whether it’s enjoying a leisurely bike ride on the City's expansive trail system, taking a picnic lunch to one of the City's popular parks or spending the day with the family at the Greenville Zoo, the Parks and Recreation Department provides a wide variety of year-round recreational choices to help you enjoy the beauty of Greenville's outdoors. There are also year-round athletic and youth programs and five community centers that offer general leisure activities and special summer programs.
The Parks and Recreation Department maintains 39 parks occupying more than 500 acres of land within the city. Falls Park serves as a centerpiece attraction for Greenville. With its impressive Liberty Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Reedy River, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Reedy River Falls and the magnificent public gardens below.
Cleveland Park is a 122-acre site located along the Reedy River that features tennis courts, softball fields, playground areas, a fitness trail and picnic shelters. At Cleveland Park you will find Greenville Zoo, an exotic animal kingdom rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina.