The City of Abilene has a well-developed park system that it takes great pride in. The system has 27 parks totaling 1,002.22 acres and offers a varied collection of modern facilities to fill the many diverse recreation needs of its clients.
Included in the inventory are three athletic complexes that are well respected around the state for their quality. They are possible because of the cooperative working relationship between the City of Abilene and the Abilene Independent School District. The properties are owned by the AISD, while the City Parks Division performs all of the property management services. Both entities share the expense of this management equally. The AISD uses the complexes for their middle school, freshman, and JV football and soccer programs. The fields are available for public practices and various sports camps and tournaments are held at these sites.
The Parks Division also provides the landscape management services to many other City properties other than parks, areas totaling 257 acres. These include many municipal buildings, boulevards, vacant lots, and the Municipal Cemetery. One of these sites is the award-winning Missouri Pacific Railway right-of-way, comprising 40 acres of landscaped berms along four miles of railway, flanked on either side by major arterial streets running through the center of the city. This project has won two statewide awards for achievement in beautification. It was made possible by the financial support of a local donor, business community, and the construction capabilities of the Parks Division.