FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Louisville, Ky. (July 2, 2014) —21st Century Parks, the nonprofit organization responsible for the construction and management of Louisville’s newest public park system, has hired two new employees to help manage The Parklands of Floyds Fork. The Parklands is now 35% open to the public and reported more than 142,000 visits in the month of May.
Mark Wilson has been hired as Park Superintendent, and Bob Mauney has been hired as Part-Time Ranger to help with safety and security of the growing park system.
Jim Moore, 21st Century Parks Chief Operating Officer said about the new hires, “As we open more parkland to the public and more Louisvillians discover us, our staff must also grow to help maintain The Parklands to a world-class standard. We’re excited to add Mark and Bob to our team of professionals.”
As parks superintendent, Wilson will oversee the maintenance of the nearly 4,000-acre, Parklands of Floyds Fork system. He said he looks forward to “being part of a winning team and being part of leaving a lasting legacy to our community.”
Wilson brings over 40 years of professional experience to The Parklands, including over 20 years as a golf course superintendent at Valhalla Golf Course. After leaving Valhalla, Wilson worked as West Region Park Manager for Louisville Metro Parks.
Wilson has also worked as a consultant and co-founded the business, Superintendent Choice Sod. He has an extensive background with events, the local climate, managing native areas and grasses, and people management. Throughout his career, Wilson has enjoyed the creativity involved with his work.
“What we do with nature, we’re part of painting a picture each day,” Wilson said. “We’re artists in our own little way—creating art with grass, trees, flowers, hardscapes.”
Wilson is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he received his degree in Ornamental Horticulture/Turf Management.
Bob Mauney will serve as a Part-Time Ranger for The Parklands. Before joining the 21st Century Parks team, Mauney served as police lieutenant for the Louisville Division of Police and a security coordinator for Metro Parks. He is now retired from both positions and looks forward to assisting with the growing park system. Mauney will support Chief Ranger Pete McCartney as more events are brought to The Parklands and visitation increases.
Mauney is a life-long resident of Louisville, and he has enjoyed seeing The Parklands develop and offer more activities. As an avid cyclist, he’s especially excited about the future of the Louisville Loop, and he’s looking forward to helping The Parklands continue to grow over the next few years.
“I want to make sure that people are able to enjoy The Parklands safely, and experience the full potential that these new amenities have to offer,” Mauney said.
Mauney received his degree from Eastern Kentucky University, with a major in law enforcement and a minor in social work. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute at University of Louisville and the F.B.I. National Academy, and an active member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
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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