Our Parks + Rec Story

Published on July 16, 2021


Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories — moments that park and recreation professionals help make happen. Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more.

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local park and recreation professionals, such as our staff at Jackson County Parks + Rec, play in building stronger, more vibrant and more resilient communities across the country.

Our parks department has amazing leaders with lots of history made up of thousands of stories that help define our parks department. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing our Parks + Rec story by highlighting our parks management team.

To read each of their stories click on the images below.

Michele Newman
Brian Nowotny


Dianne Kimzey

Tina Spallo

Erica Layton


John Johnson


 Joe Piccinini

Greg Addison