May 1 public Meetings: Input for Parks Director Profile

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Parks Advocates:

Here’s your chance to give input to the city manager on what you’d like to see in our new Parks director. We’ve (Austin Parks Foundation) sent in our requests of course, and I’ll plan on attending and speaking, but please consider coming and speaking and encouraging others to do so as well. Also, a note that they say the parks system has over 50 miles of trails, its actually 117 miles as of 2006.

Thanks so much,


Public invited to help develop PARD Director recruitment profile

For immediate release
April 25, 2008

City Manager Marc Ott announced today that the community will have two opportunities to provide valuable input as the City of Austin develops a recruitment profile for the vacant Parks and Recreation Department Director position.

Two public meetings to gather community comments are scheduled at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., on Thursday, May 1. The first meeting is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The second meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room.

Input is being sought on the recommended characteristics, knowledge, experience and expectations of the community for the next Parks Director. This information will help in developing a recruitment profile that will be used to attract candidates in a national search.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for a park system that encompasses more than 16,700 acres. The Director will be responsible for overseeing operations at 205 parks, 172 athletic fields, 17 recreation centers, three area lakes, more than 50 miles of hike-and-bike trails and numerous other facilities.

In 2007, the department received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. This accomplishment reflects the City’s commitment to having a world-class park system and enhancing the quality of life for the community.

For information regarding the recruitment process, contact Edna Santos, City of Austin Human Resources Consultant, at (512) 974-3221.

Communications and Public Information Office, (512) 974-2220

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