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Bradley Raney, who helped build a robust parks and recreation program in Green River, Wyo., has been chosen to fill the vital role of the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Edmond.
“I am excited by not only the opportunity this position offers but also the boundless possibilities Edmond, as a community and organization, promises,” said Raney, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sciences from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University. “Edmond is an exciting, growing community, with a real commitment to its parks and athletic facilities, and the plans for growth and development of current and future facilities is both impressive and exciting.”
Leader of the award-winning parks program in Green River for nearly 8 years, Raney will step into the Director’s role for the City of Edmond in March, arriving at a time when the City’s commitment to expanding and improving its parks and facilities is at the beginning of an ambitious vision for the future.
While in Green River, Raney led a staff of more than 130, managing and expanding on the 26 parks, miles of paved trails, outdoor athletic complexes, full-service recreation and aquatics center, equestrian facilities, special events, programming, and more.
Under his leadership, the Green River parks system earned the 2020 National Gold Medal Award, the highest honor in management of parks and recreation facilities, led several capital improvement projects on a variety of facilities, fostered successful partnerships with the local school district, businesses and area industry, and developed creative revenue and funding streams to support growing programming and facility-focused projects.
Prior to taking the lead in Green River Raney served for nearly 7 years as Recreation Supervisor for the City of Casper Wyo., where he coordinated and supervised recreational facilities and events, and oversaw a staff of more than 100. He also spent a year as the Sports Director for the YMCA of Snohomish County in Monroe, Wash.
“We are excited to welcome Brad and his family to Edmond and look forward to working with Brad in leading the development of the parks and recreation facilities and programs of our City,” said Edmond City Manager Scot Rigby. “As we look at ways of enhancing our current facilities, we were looking for someone with a proven track record of development and the vision to lead further expansion and growth in our parks system, making it not only a valuable asset for our community but also an attractive destination for visitors from throughout the region and country.”
The City of Edmond Parks and Recreation Director oversees a growing department with a budget in excess of $11.5 million. He is responsible for establishing, directing, and overseeing Edmond’s parks, trails, Arcadia Lake, KickingBird Golf Club, Edmond Center Court, Festival Market Place, Gracelawn Cemetery, and the Senior Center. Also, the Director leads efforts to maintain the City’s recreational infrastructure, support the community’s cultural boards and adjust recreational facilities and programs to meet new recreational activities and the evolving needs of a fast-growing community.
Among the ongoing and future projects for Edmond parks include the Arcadia Lake Master Planning project, the upgrades and growth of KickingBird Golf, the completion of the $6.5 million upgrade of Stephenson Park, multi-million dollar planned upgrades for sports fields facilities, support and promotion of Edmond Center Court tennis facility, and an ambitious plan to develop and connect multi-use trails throughout parks and the City.
Learn more about Edmond’s Parks and Recreation facilities and programs at edmondparks.com.