|The City of Mesa's Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department is one of 139 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States.
|The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. Mesa was awarded the Gold Medal in 1978, 1992 and 2000. Mesa has been named a 2014, 2015 and 2019 Gold Medal Finalist.|
|Mesa has been recognized as a Playful City USA community. Playful City USA communities utilize play as an innovative solution to address a number of challenges facing kids, families and communities.|
|Mesa is recognized as a Tree City USA community. This national program provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.|
| City of Mesa Youth Sports has earned the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation for 2018/2019.
The Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation is a seal of commitment to quality based on nationally accepted standards. Achieving this designation demonstrates City of Mesa Youth Sports has undergone a review process and has shown a commitment to a safe, quality youth sports environment for the families we serve. For more information about the designation, visit www.nays.org/quality.