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Parks and Recreation Director retires

June 30, 2020

After serving the community for more than 15 years, Director of Parks & Recreation Gerry Bradley is retiring.

Originally from New York, Gerry 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. After two years, he returned to Texas to work for the City of Arlington and the City of Hurst.  

In June 2004, Gerry joined the City of University Park. Under his guidance our park system has flourished.  Directing projects big and small, the highlights 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. When you walk through the lush landscape of any of our parks, you can easily see his influence. However, Gerry’s most lasting imprint on University Park rests in the partnerships he has fostered.  

Over the years, Gerry has quietly helped strengthen community ties – working closely with the Park Cities YMCA as their youth sport programs have continued to expand in scope, working with the Park Cities Rotary Club to grow the annual July 4 festivities, and helping the Snider Plaza Merchants Association with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event. In addition, Gerry has bolstered the City’s special event line-up that now includes an annual Easter egg hunt, summer fishing derby, and movies in Goar Park.  And, if you’ve attended any of these events, you’ve likely seen him filling bags of popcorn and restocking bottled water.

Gerry’s creative gifts and nearly endless drive are manifested not only in the beautiful backdrop of our parks, but in the true sense of community that permeates any of the events and gatherings the parks host. While we are sad to see Gerry leave, we are excited for this new commute-free journey and we hope it includes more time spent with his wife Penny, daughter Katie, and of course his beloved pugs.

The City will soon be conducting interviews with a short list of qualified candidates to replace Gerry.  We hope to have a new director chosen by the end of July.