|Executive Director Michael Meadors to retire from Johnson County Park and Recreation District after 27-plus years of service|
At a Special Board Meeting of the Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners held November 6, 2013, Executive Director Michael Meadors announced his retirement and the board accepted his resignation effective December 20, 2013.
In accepting the resignation, the board expressed its appreciation for his many years of service to the district and its patrons.
“We are extremely grateful for the devotion, ability and dedication Michael has applied to his responsibilities in leading the district,” Board Chair Steve Baru said, “and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
Meadors, who has served as Executive Director since June 2001, was hired originally as the district’s Superintendent of Recreation in 1986.
Under his leadership, the district has grown significantly in park acreage and recreation programming. He has overseen the acquisition of 3,029 acres of future park land and the expansion of the district’s fee-supported Enterprise Budget from $2 million to $20-plus million.
The district’s major accomplishments during his career have included: developing Heritage Soccer Park; constructing the Roeland Park Sports Dome and Aquatic Center; acquiring and developing the Mid-America and Mid-America West Sports complexes; improving Tomahawk Hills Golf Course and replacing the clubhouse; acquiring and repurposing the Mill Creek Activity Center and New Century Fieldhouse facilities; dedicating Kill Creek Park and developing TimberRidge Adventure Center; making $6.3 million in capital improvements to Antioch, Heritage, Shawnee Mission and Thomas S. Stoll parks; earning a AAA bond rating, and receiving a perfect score from the National Recreation and Park Association’s accreditation team.
In addition to his contributions to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, Meadors has served on a number of local, regional and national boards. He is a past president of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association and a past member of the Executive Board for the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Midwest Regional Council. He is a past member of the NRPA Board of Trustees and past president of the American Park and Recreation Society. He has chaired the NRPA’s Council of Affiliate Presidents and served on the NRPA’s National Forum and State Affiliate Relations committees. His exemplary service has been recognized by the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association as recipient of its Distinguished Professional Award and the National Recreation and Park Association as a Distinguished Fellow.
Prior to his employment with the district, Meadors was the Assistant Director of the Emporia Recreation Commission in Emporia, Kansas.