Top 50 Parks & Recreation Twitter Accounts to Follow—and Imitate

August 12, 2020

"Twitter's weird," one of our clients said the other day, and it wasn't the first time we've heard it. Many people love it but others don't see the benefits or like it very much at all. But however you feel about the little blue bird, your parks and recreation agency can use it to its advantage. With millions of users following accounts they want to receive information from, Twitter offers another way to distribute information to your customers for free.The following 50 city and county park and recreation agencies use Twitter to connect with customers, answer questions, make announcements, discuss fitness and health, release registration dates and more. As a recreation professional, consider following these accounts as templates for what your agency could tweet about. (The list was compiled based on number of followers, content provided, number of tweets, interactions with followers, recent activity and overall use of Twitter to connect with customers. From there, the list was ordered from most followers to least followers.)

  1. NYC Parks & Rec (@NYCParks): 35,560 followers
  2. Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks): 10,766 followers
  3. Chicago Parks District (@ChicagoParks): 9,401 followers
  4. Seattle Parks (@SeattleParks): 7,421 followers
  5. East Bay Regional Parks (@ebrpd): 5,602 followers
  6. Philadelphia Park and Rec (@PhilaParkandRec): 4,296 followers
  7. San Francisco Recreation and Park (@RecParkSF): 3,223 followers
  8. Louisville, KY Metro Parks (@loumetroparks): 4,050 followers
  9. Raleigh Parks and Recreation (@raleighparks): 3,822 followers
  10. DC Parks and Recreation (@DCDPR) : 3,538 followers
  11. OKC Parks (@okcparks): 3,170 followers
  12. Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation (@A2Parks): 2,820 followers
  13. Boise Parks & Recreation (@boiseparks): 2,496 followers
  14. Portland Parks & Recreation (@PDXParksandRec): 2,320 followers
  15. Boulder Parks and Recreation (@boulderparksrec): 2,234 followers
  16. Northbrook, IL Park Districk (@NBparkdistrict): 2,328 followers
  17. Indianapolis Parks & Recreation (@IndyParksandRec): 2,278 followers
  18. Milwaukee County Parks (@CountyParks): 2,143 followers
  19. Phoenix Parks & Recreation (@PhoenixParks): 2,063 followers
  20. Spokane Parks & Recreation (@SpokaneRec): 1,936 followers
  21. City of Henderson (@COHParksandRec): 1,824 followers
  22. Metro Parks - Summit (@metro_parks): 1,735 followers
  23. Fayetteville, AR Parks and Recreation (@FayParksAndRec): 1,701 followers
  24. Ramsey County Parks & Rec (@RamseyCtyParks): 1,695 followers
  25. Baltimore City Recreation & Parks (@BCRP): 1,626 followers
  26. Fredericton Recreation & Leisure (@CityFredRec): 1,570 followers
  27. Naperville Park District (@NaperParks): 1,560 followers
  28. Play Madison Parks (@playmadison): 1,549 followers
  29. Springfield-Green County Park Board (@TheParkBoard): 1,543 followers
  30. Foothills Park & Rec (@FHPRDnews): 1,496 followers
  31. Chandler, AZ Recreation (@ChandlerRec): 1,490 followers
  32. Chattanooga Parks and Recreation (@ChattParkRec): 1,439 followers
  33. St. Petersburg, FL Parks & Recreation (@StPeteParkRec): 1,381 followers
  34. Lake County, OH Metro Parks (@Lake_Metroparks): 1,347 followers
  35. Roanoke County Parks (@Recreation): 1,322 followers
  36. Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation (@lacountyparks): 1,313 followers
  37. Bend Parks & Rec (@bendparksandrec): 1,234 followers
  38. Denver Parks and Recreation (@denverparksrec): 1,217 followers
  39. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation (@SaintPaulParks): 1,216 followers
  40. Kane County Forest Preserve (@ForestReserve): 1,214 followers
  41. Penticton, BC Recreation (@pentictonrec): 1,209 followers
  42. JaxParks (@JaxParks): 1,186 followers
  43. Deerfield Park District (@Deerfield_Parks): 1,180 followers
  44. Minneapolis Park & Rec (@MplsParkBoard): 1,174 followers
  45. Boston Parks Department (@BostonParksDept): 1,154 followers
  46. Northvanrec (@northvanrec): 1,100 followers
  47. City of Mississauga, ON Recreation (@MississaugaRP): 1,081 followers
  48. Plano, TX Parks & Recreation: (@PlanoParksRec): 1,087 followers
  49. Anchorage Parks & Recreation (@ANCgreenparks): 966 followers
  50. Roanoke Parks (@PLAYRoanoke): 966 followers
  51. Carlsbad Parks & Recreation (@carlsbadparkrec): 856 followers
  52. Saanich, BC Parks & Rec (@SaanichParksRec): 849 followers
  53. Canton, MI Leisure Services (@cantonfun): 815 followers
  54. Eugene Recreation (@EugRec): 810 followers
  55. Tupelo, MS Parks and Recreation (@tupeloparkrec): 796 followers
  56. Fort Collins, CO Recreation (@FCRecreator): 752 followers
  57. Aspen Parks & Recreation (@APRTweets): 744 followers
  58. Annapolis Recreation & Parks (@AnnapolisRec): 724 followers
  59. Park DIstrict of Oak Park (@ParkDistOakPark): 720 followers
  60. Schaumburg, IL Park District (@SchaumburgParks): 707 followers
  61. Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (@LongBeachParks): 652 followers

Now what?

  • Did we miss a P&R agency? Let us know in the comments.
  • Follow the complete list on Twitter with one click here.

*Follower numbers as of: February 19, 2013

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