Parks began his career with Dundee United, but failed to make a first team appearance. He joined Clyde in 1992, and after impressing in the Reserve team, he was promoted to the first team for the 1993-94 campaign. He scored 10 goals for the first team in his first two seasons, but he broke his leg in a Scottish League Cup match at the start of the 1995-95 season. Parks was out injured for over a year, and never really recovered fully from his injury. He made two more appearances, before signing for Dumbarton.
Parks only made 4 appearances for Dumbarton, before joining East Stirlingshire. He went on to have a spell with Queen's Park, before dropping out of the senior game to play junior football with Lesmahagow and Dunipace.
During his time playing in the juniors, Parks became a sports journalist, and worked for the Daily Record. In 2004, he returned to former club East Stirlingshire in a combined role as a player and journalist, and would describe the goings on at Firs Park in his weekly column Parks Life. He returned to Clyde in 2005 in the same role, although he never played for the first team. Parks has since returned to journalism, writing for the Daily Record.