Spring Summer Playbook 2023

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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Facility Rental Info SPRING/SUMMER PLAYBOOK 2023 | BELLINGHAM PARKS & RECREATION 32 Scott Niebruegge Park Specialist (Urban Parks) Congratulations to Scott Niebruegge who is our new Urban Parks Specialist. Scott will lead Grounds, Horticulture, and Irrigation work in the North Zone of Bellingham. He started his career with the City as a seasonal employee working in the Trails program. In 2014, Scott was promoted to a Park Technician for Urban Parks working primarily at parks in the Northwest section of the city. He is skilled in performing all aspects of grounds maintenance. As our park system grows and expands, Scott is looking forward to facilitating positive change into the future. Anton Arena Parks Technician (Facilities) Anton joined our Facilities Team last Fall after working in the private sector construction, renovation, and grounds work. Originally hired as a Park Worker he was recently promoted into a newly converted Park Technician on the Facilities Team. Anton is energetic and has embraced our program by helping to maintain restrooms and other amenities in our neighborhood and community parks. Anton enjoys meeting new people and is currently assigned to the park lock-up shift. Sharon Kaiser Contract Accounting Technician Sharon has worked for the City since 2019 in both our Finance and HR Departments and comes to us as the newest member of our Administration team helping with all of the accounting needs for the Parks Department. With a bachelor's in Accounting, she loves solving problems, tracking down numbers and empowering coworkers to succeed with their accounting needs. Outside of work she loves running, dancing, gardening, reading, working on puzzles, cooking and spending time with her husband and their rescue animals — a very sweet dog and a mischievous cat. Steve Donnelly Parks Stewardship Supervisor Steve Donnelly has joined the Park Operations Division as the Park Stewardship Supervisor. For the last 5 years, he has worked as Park Ranger and Park Supervisor for the East Bay Regional Park District at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in California. Steve has a very diverse background and experience gained by working for federal/regional/ state government, and the private sector. Steve also has experience working with the California Conservation Corps leading work crews, constructing backcountry trails, completing restoration projects, and managing the AmeriCorps program. He has also worked on trails in King Canyon National Park and for the U.S. Forest Service in Dolores Colorado. From 2002 through 2006, he served as the Executive Director and Project Manager with the Urban Creeks Council restoring urban streams and riparian habitat. Steve holds a BA Degree in Sociology with an environmental focus from Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to working with our community partners and volunteer stewards in Bellingham. STAFF SPOTLIGHTS

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