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The City of Bryan is excited to announce Linda Cornelius will be joining their team on Oct. 2 as the new Parks and Recreation director. Linda is currently the Parks and Recreation director for the City of Highland Village and prior to her seven-year tenure there, she previously served as the director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Boerne and as the recreation superintendent for the City of College Station. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education, and she is honored in the Texas A&M University Athletic Hall of Fame. Additionally, Linda was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Team.
Linda is looking forward to returning to the Brazos Valley, the home of her alma mater. “It is with extreme pride that I have been given the opportunity to serve a community I consider home,” shares Linda. “I want to continue making a positive difference in the lives of the Bryan residents through the offerings of the Parks and Recreation Department and continue to build on the successes of the City. My door is always open and I encourage residents to let me know of their needs or concerns.” She will be responsible for the oversight of approximately 600 acres of green space, more than 50 parks, four aquatic facilities, ball fields, and a recreation center as well as the special events, programs, and classes hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.
“We are excited to welcome Linda and continue moving forward with improvements to existing parks and the development of new green spaces within Bryan,” Deputy City Manager Hugh Walker shares. “The Parks and Recreation Department is experiencing dynamic growth within the parks system and with programs expanding to new levels, so we are fortunate to have someone with such experience and enthusiasm to lead these initiatives.”
On July 7, Darrell Lovelette retired from the City of Bryan after serving as the Parks and Recreation Director for 9 years. The City of Bryan Public Works Environmental Services Manager Eric Zaragoza will continue to serve as the Interim Parks and Recreation Director until Linda officially joins the team.