photo credit: Thomas Gennara and the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
I love Lansing, it’s easy for me to say, but not explain. I was born and raised here, so do I love it, or just not know any different? I was even lucky enough to work for the City of Lansing and loved that too – until I didn’t. I found myself getting bored/frustrated/tired of the same things and I left. I took a job for the City of Novi and that is when I really understood that I loved Lansing.
Don’t get me wrong, the City of Novi was great. Not working in fear of cuts was a different world for me. I learned a lot and was able to program great things there. But as I drove an hour home to Lansing, I realized it didn’t mean as much. I wasn’t making an impact on my community, why work hard an hour away and then come home to a city you’re not helping? So when the Manager of Leisure Services job opened up at the City of Lansing, I applied to come home. Not just for that awesome title, but for the opportunity to make Lansing a better place for my family, friends and neighbors.
I feel lucky to be able to provide opportunities for Lansing to play. Here at Lansing Parks and Recreation we strive to provide our residents with spaces and programs that help connect people with nature, family, friends and the city. We have 114 parks, over 16 miles of river trail, a new 6 mile non-motorized, non-paved trail , 4 community centers, a nature center and a historical mansion – within these spaces marvelous things happen. Whether it is participating in an organized program, enjoying spaces on your own or creating new programs and events, here in Lansing we welcome all types of play.
Within these spaces we have so many great partners and visionaries planning and expanding our play opportunities, I am happy to be a part of it. One only has to look at the many events planned at Riverfront Park, REO Town, Old Town, Downtown – really everywhere in the city to see what great energy there is around Play. Thank you Lansing for bringing creativity and energy to our spaces so we can all Play together! #PlayLansing
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