Mission Statement

 The Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide a wide variety of quality recreational programming opportunities in the areas of arts, youth and adult athletics, special programs, special events, special populations including Special Olympics, aquatics, and summer youth camps. The department’s mission is for these programs to be enjoyable, fun, fulfilling, safe, and rewarding for all Watauga County citizens. 

The Recreation Department, formed in 1973, the department is advised by an 18-member Recreation Commission. These members are appointed by the Watauga County Board of Commissioners. It is the role of this commission to guide and advise the Department to provide for adequate recreational opportunities for the citizens of the County.

The public can enjoy the following facilities which are located throughout Watauga County: a gym, multi-purpose athletic fields, parks, and picnic shelters. As well as the Watauga Community Recreation Center which includes 2 indoor pools, cardio and fitness equipment, an indoor walking track, 4 gyms for basketball, volleyball and free play, pool party rooms and a community room all located at 231 Complex Drive in Boone.