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Following a comprehensive nationwide search, the City of Broken Arrow today announced Matt Hendren as its new Parks and Recreation Director.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation Department into an exciting future,” Hendren said. “I have dedicated my career to Parks and Recreation and believe wholeheartedly in the positive effects an active, dedicated Parks and Recreation Department has on a community. I look forward to collaborating with the leadership team, elected officials, Parks and Recreation staff and the entire Broken Arrow community on the exiting opportunities that await.”
Hendren joins the City from Norman, where he has served as parks superintendent since 2015. Prior to that, he worked for Wyandotte County, Kan., as well as for golf courses in the Kansas City area.
“I am excited to have Matt join our leadership team,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “The energy and experience he will bring to the Parks and Recreation Department will be a vital addition to the organization.”
Hendren is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, Certified Aquatic Facility Operator, a graduate of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Directors School, and a trustee for the Oklahoma Recreation and Parks Society Board of Directors.
Hendren will start work in Broken Arrow in July.
He will be in charge of 41 parks and 800 acres of public space, including an 18-hole golf course, the Battle Creek Golf Club, two community centers, a nature center and two aquatic facilities.