LACEY PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR RETIRES
LACEY, WA, May 20, 2016: The City Manager’s office announces that Lori Flemm has retired from the City of Lacey after serving nearly seven years as the Director of Parks and Recreation. The City will hold a community reception honoring Lori’s tenure on Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at the Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. SE.
During Lori’s tenure, Lacey’s parks and open space grew from 500 acres to over 1,200—making it the largest parks system in Thurston County.
“You will not find a bigger champion for parks and recreation programs,” stated City Manager Scott Spence. “Lori with the help of her staff took a strong city parks program and made it even better by adding more events, activities, and acquiring additional open space all for the benefit of the community.”
Flemm was also responsible for successfully applying for and securing numerous grants for the City. One of the most notable she assisted with was a $1 million federal Community Development Block Grant, which helped expand the Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center, doubling the size of the facility to 10,000 square-feet, allowing for the increase in programming and services.
“All awards and accomplishments aside, I think Lori is best known for her commitment to volunteer programs and giving back to our community,” commented Mayor Andy Ryder. “I’ve seen her pulling ivy, scooping ice cream, restoring trails, and really doing whatever it is that needs to be done. She will be sorely missed, and the City of Lacey is a better place because of Lori’s hard work and commitment to our parks.”
In the coming month, the City will initiate a comprehensive search and selection process to hire a new Director of Parks and Recreation.
For more information about the planned community reception on June 2, please contact the City Manager’s office at (360) 491-3214 or e-mail Peri Edmonds at email@example.com.
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