City of Lawrence names interim director of Parks & Rec

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Lindsay Hart, current assistant director of recreation for Lawrence Parks and Recreation, will serve as the department’s interim director starting in December.

Director Derek Rogers announced in June that he would be retiring at the end of the year. Hart will begin as interim director on Dec. 3, according to an announcement from the city on Monday.

“I’m honored to take on the role of Interim Director of Parks and Recreation,” Hart said in the city’s news release. “A thriving Parks & Recreation department is integral to the success of any City, especially one as vibrant and energizing as Lawrence. I look forward to continuing our team’s progress over the coming months.”

The city is working with an outside firm on a national search process to fill the position, according to the release. City staff members are also working with Confluence, a Kansas City-based firm, to develop a Parks, Recreation, Arts and Culture Comprehensive Plan.

Hart has held her current position with the city since November 2021.

“She brings 20 years of management experience in Parks & Recreation, including time with the cities of Leawood, Lenexa and Lawrence. She has experience in recreation programming, sports, aquatics, festivals/events, and recreation facilities management,” according to the release.

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