Oregon City has hired Kendall Reid as its new parks and recreation director, effective July 28.
Having visited the parks under construction locally, Reid told Oregon City commissioners during their Aug. 5 meeting that he has a "fantastic team" of city staff in the parks department.
"I really enjoyed going out and meeting them," he said.
With over 15 years of experience in parks and recreation, Reid has previously worked for Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield, Oregon, where he managed five departments, including recreation programming, aquatics, community engagement, youth programming and special events. He also managed five recreational facilities, including two pools, two community centers and a miniature golf park.
Prior to his work at Willamalane, Reid was the Salvation Army's director of operations in Salem.
Reid said he believes a strong team culture is a foundation for providing exceptional recreational services. His mission in Oregon City is to demonstrate quality in every aspect of the parks department by helping create life-changing experiences for the community through recreation and community services.
Reid graduated from Auburn University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in health promotion and a master's degree in education in 2004. He is a certified professional through the National Recreation and Park Association.
This story has been updated from its original version online to include a comment from Kendall Reid.
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