Heard on the Street: Lynn Zwaagstra to be named Parks Director

Source: LinkedIn

Source: LinkedIn

According to a source familiar with the situation, the City Manager has chosen a new Parks and Community Services Director for the City of Kirkland. Lynn Zwaagstra will likely join Kirkland May 23 but will be coming to town sometime in April to meet with Parks and Community Services, key staff and Councilmembers.

Lynn has extensive training in transformational leadership, change management, financial management, marketing, tourism development and much more.   She has built large facilities such as a tubing hill and terrain park in Colorado and implemented innovative new programs to increase public participation and park revenues in each of her jobs.

We applaud the City Manager in his selection of Lynn and we look forward to a bright future for the Parks Department under her leadership.

The following information is from the University of Arizona website:

Lynn Zwaagstra joined the University of Arizona in 2011 with a strong background in and passion for recreation, health and wellness.

Her 25-year career has spanned campus, municipal, military, and non-profit environments. Lynn worked her way up through roles in outdoor education, fitness, aquatics, special events and facility management. Prior to arriving at UA, she spent 7 years as a municipal parks and recreation director. Her diverse experiences include supervising marinas, ice rinks, Nordic centers, recreation centers, campgrounds, parks and pavilions. Lynn even helped open a small ski area in Colorado and a paintball course in Japan.

She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and recreation administration from Illinois State University and a master's degree in recreation management from the University of Utah. When not on campus, you can find Lynn hiking, camping, skiing, boating, practicing yoga, or in other mindfulness pursuits. She lives in central Tucson with her husband, Vin Keane.