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After 20 years with the City of Broken Arrow, Parks and Recreation Director Scott Esmond will retire in January. A nationwide search for his replacement is underway.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the citizens of Broken Arrow and a dedicated Parks and Recreation staff over the past 20 years,” Esmond said.
Under his leadership, Broken Arrow’s parks and recreation system has seen tremendous growth. The City currently supports 38 parks, over 800 acres of land, three community centers, a nature center and more than 20 miles of walking and biking trails.
The Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation Department also offers a wide variety of athletic and recreation activities all over the City, as well as an increasing number of special event opportunities each year.
“The Broken Arrow City Council and I want to commend Scott Esmond on the fantastic work he has done for Broken Arrow’s parks,” said Mayor Craig Thurmond. “Broken Arrow is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the region, and a large part of that is because of Scott’s leadership over the last two decades. We wish him and his family the best.”
“Scott will definitely be missed by many in Broken Arrow,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “He is a great community leader and has dedicated a tremendous amount of his time and energy to ensure residents and visitors in Broken Arrow have access to the recreational activities that interest them. Having led the department for such a long time and accomplished much, Scott’s retirement leaves a big hole that will be very difficult to fill.”
In recent years, the department has received numerous honors, including:
Esmond originally came to Broken Arrow after spending 12 years with the City of Tulsa’s Parks and Recreation Department. He also worked at LaFortune Golf Course after college and began his career in parks and recreation as a seasonal worker at the age of 16. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation and the Oklahoma Recreation & Parks Society.