The City of Mauldin took it’s first steps in establishing a Parks & Recreation Department in early 1967, when it purchased 16.8 acres on Hyde Circle which was later named Springfield Park. The first earth was turned in 1967 on two baseball/softball fields, a playground area, three lighted tennis courts, and one multi-purpose court. These were finished up in 1972 and plans were made to light the athletic fields, construct a lighted football field, install three more pieces of playground equipment, and apply asphalt to the parking lot. Also, during this time, the city, aided by the Mauldin Jaycees, acquired an old school building, which was renovated and converted into the Community Recreation Center. The city also made a monumental step on July 1, 1973 by hiring its first Recreation Director. By early 1974, most of the plans were completed and two more tennis courts were approved for construction. When these were completed in the Spring of 1976, the city noticed that it had no more room for further development in Springfield Park, so rather than stop there, the City Fathers began looking for additional acreage for future park development.
In 1977,the city acquired 12.7 acres adjacent to Mauldin High School for construction of a new City Park. The Ray Hopkins Senior Center was built in 1981 and the Gym area was completed in 1989.
In 1997 the City purchased 25 acres on Fowler Road for a new complex. In 1999, SunSet Park was completed. SunSet Park includes four baseball/softball diamonds, two soccer fields, a walking trail, shelters a playground and the states first wheelchair softball field. In the spring on 2005 the City with help from Clemson University and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority converted the Wheelchair Softball Field into a Miracle League Field. The new field is made up of a rubber surface that is safer for children and adults with disabilities.
The Mauldin Parks and Recreation Department completed the construction of Phase I of a State of the Art Sports Center in December of 2006. The Sports Center houses the Recreation Department administrative offices. The Center also includes a rock climbing wall, gymnasium, fitness equipment, indoor walking track, showers and locker rooms and an aerobics room.