Mayor Joe Wellman administered the oath of office to Kip Kelley, the city’s new parks and recreation supervisor, on Tuesday. Present at the ceremony were Mike Singleton, president of the Washington City Council, and John Baldwin, vice president of the Washington Parks and Recreation Board. Kelly assumes the position after having served as assistant park supervisor since last August.
Kelley brings to the position previous experience as park superintendent, having served in the position between 2004 and 2008. Kelly was responsible then for such events in the parks as the youth fishing tournament and the popular gun and knife show held at Eastside Park. Over the past eight months, Kelly assisted in many of the building improvements in Longfellow and Eastside Parks.
“I look forward to working with Kip and the staff to continue improving the parks,” Wellman said. “The park board has stated its added goal of increased programming to add events in the parks as we have the staff and resources to do so. Kip will play a large part in making that happen.”
Kelley will supervise the full-time and summer student workers in the parks and will be responsible to the mayor and park board for managing all aspects of the parks. The city park system includes four parks comprising some 70 acres of land, two lakes and about a dozen buildings and concession stands. The city parks also cooperates with Washington Community Schools, Soccer Federation and Little League to maintain the Gwaltney Sports Complex. The department also operates Waterworld municipal pool and coordinates events that include the city’s Fourth of July Festival and Christmas in the Park.