UP Parks and Recreation Director Retires

University Park Parks and Recreation Director Gerry Bradley is retiring after 15 years.

Originally from New York, Bradley made his way south after high school to attend Texas A&M University, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in park administration. Upon graduation, he moved to Aurora, Colorado to join the Parks Department there. After two years, he returned to Texas to work for the city of Arlington and the city of Hurst.

Bradley then started at University Park in June of 2004.

Projects during his tenure include the upgrade of all park playground equipment, the brook in Goar Park, the renovation of Coffee Park, the installation of Hitzelberger Park, and the addition of major amenities at the Holmes Aquatic Center. 

More recently, Gerry worked closely with the Neuhoff family to establish a home for the “LOVE” sculpture in Williams Park. 

Over the years, Bradley worked closely with the Park Cities YMCA as youth sport programs have continued to expand, with the Rotary Club of Park Cities to grow the annual July 4 festivities, and with the Snider Plaza Merchants Association with the annual holiday tree lighting event.

In addition, Bradley bolstered the city’s special event line-up that now includes an annual Easter egg hunt, summer fishing derby, and movies in Goar Park. 

The city hopes to have a new director chosen by the end of July. 

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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  • July 1, 2020 at 1:18 pm
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    Gerry, great work. Thank for you all your hard work over the years. Your replacement has some big shoes to fill.

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