Louisville, Ky. (March 10, 2015)—21st Century Parks, the nonprofit organization responsible for the construction and management of Louisville’s newest public park system, announces two new full-time staff members to support the growing Parklands of Floyds Fork.
The Parklands is 35% open to the public and reported more than 1.1 million visits in 2014. 2014 education programming at The Parklands served more than 10,000 visitors. 21st Century Parks plans to open the remaining parkland, currently under construction, by late 2015. This will more than double park acreage, creating opportunity for more events, reservable spaces, and education programming. In preparation for this opening, and in response to an already overwhelming demand, 21st Century Parks has hired for two new coordinator positions.
Curtis Carman will serve as Education Coordinator and Toni Woodard as Event Coordinator.
Curtis Carman, Education Coordinator
Curtis previously served as an Interpretive Ranger for the Parklands and so he’s no stranger to the Outdoor Classroom. As Education Coordinator, Curtis will oversee education and family programming, as well as staffing within the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation. He’s excited to help grow the programs and build deeper relationships with local schools and groups.
A native of Louisville, Curtis returns to Louisville after having worked as an environmental educator in Maine and Colorado at Acadia and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Curtis also served as Membership Manger at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and therefore is well suited for a position within a donor-supported organization.
Curtis is a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration on Environmental Science.
Toni Woodard, Events Coordinator
Toni Woodard came to work at The Parklands in February 2014 after relocating from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She's worked in a variety of capacities, including as a Park Attendant and as Event Concierge. In March of 2015 Toni was hired as Event Coordinator, where she will oversee reservable facility use and event planning in Beckley Creek Park, including the popular Gheens Foundation Lodge. In her new position Toni will rely on her past experience as a small business owner in hospitality services, retail and eco lodging. Toni also has experience sitting on local community committees in Colorado & heading up parks preservation, tourism and recycling efforts. Years of customer relations experience and her ability to connect well with others make her a fitting addition to our team as Event Coordinator. She is an enthusiastic outdoorswoman, traveler & motorcyclist.
About The Parklands of Floyds Fork
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system under development within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. The Parklands is now 35% open, currently operating and programming the first two of four parks in Eastern Jefferson County. The entire system is on schedule to be completed in 2015. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at http://TheParklands.org/member.
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