9/27/2013 - Winnetka Park District Announces Retirement of Dr. Terry G. Schwartz
Winnetka Park District
Winnetka Park District Announces Retirement of Dr. Terry G. Schwartz
During the past four years, the Winnetka Park District has been fortunate to be guided by the professional leadership of Executive Director, Dr. Terry G. Schwartz; therefore it is with sadness that the Board of Commissioners announces his
"On a professional level, I thank Terry for the quality service he has bestowed upon the Winnetka Park District and its residents," said Park Board President, Brad McLane.
On a personal level I wish Terry
family the quality recreation time together, that they so rightly deserve."
During his tenure at the Winnetka Park District he has led the District through agency-wide Business Plans, current Strategic Plan, Gold LEED Certified Parks Service Center completion, Intergovernmental Cooperation Award with the Village of Winnetka through the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), Parks Service Center Outstanding Facility and Parks Award from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA), Conservation and Native Landscaping Award for Crow Island Restoration Project through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chicago Wilderness, Dunbaugh Park Woodland restoration, Website redesign, IPRA/IAPD Distinguished Accredited Agency Award, Skokie Playfield Master Plan, Tennis shack renovations, Lloyd Park Erosion project, Village Green Playground renovation, Community-Wide Bikeway System Master Plan, Elder Lane Statue dedication, Northfield Park Playground renovations, Tennis Center renovations, Tennis Center/Administrative Offices parking lot reconfiguration and Skokie Playfield renovation project including stormwater management, combination synthetic and natural turf field, new playground, plaza area and redesigned driving range completed with elevated target greens.
It is fitting that Terry
has recently been elected into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration
is an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field.
will be honored at the upcoming National Parks and Recreation Congress
Prior to Winnetka, Terry served as the Superintendent of Citywide Services for the City of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.
As Superintendent, he was responsible for the following destination facilities operated by the City: Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers; Sharon Arts Studio; Randall Museum; Harvey Milk Performing Arts Center; Camp Mather, a 500 person campground in the High Sierra Mountains; the maintenance operations of five golf courses including Harding Park, host of the 2009 President's Cup; turf management of all athletic fields; Kezar Pavilion and Stadium (former home of the 49ers); Boxer stadium; nine swimming pool facilities; all athletic programs; senior programs; adaptive recreation; and permits and reservations.
Preceding San Francisco, Terry was the Director of PIVOT Recreation Resources, a sister company of Counsilman-Hunsaker (counsilman-hunsaker.com), a St. Louis based aquatics design and engineering firm.
provides a variety of management knowledge based services for park and recreation organizations, sporting operations, and recreation facilities.
Terry also served as a full time professor in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Departments at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Western Illinois University and part time with San Francisco State University.
taught and studied in areas such as research methods, entrepreneurial leisure, athletic facility management, and the organization and administration of parks and recreation.
has enjoyed a distinguished career as a practitioner in Illinois as well.
Terry has served as Director of the Glen Ellyn Park District and the South Barrington Park District, Revenue Facilities Superintendent of the Arlington Heights Park District, and Superintendent of Recreation for the Champaign Park District.
He started his career as Director of Recreation of the City of Alton, IL.
"Terry's retirement will leave a void within our organization, but his leadership has guided many fine professionals within our organization to continue to carry-out the day-to-day operations with the level of service and quality that our residents have come to enjoy and expect," said President McLane.
Over the next couple of weeks, the Winnetka Park District Board of Commissioners
will provide open communication regarding Dr. Schwartz's
last day and the Executive Director replacement process.