Mayor Kasim Reed has tapped longtime Atlanta greenspace advocate George Dusenbury to lead the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
Dusenbury's spent the last six years as executive director of Park Pride, a nonprofit advocacy group that's championed greenspaces and urged City Hall to invest more resources in its parks. When the city's threatened to cut employees or funding to balance its budget, Dusenbury's vocally reminded leaders to consider the impact parks and rec centers have on residents' health, quality of life and investment.
"As my Administration works on initiatives such as the Centers of Hope and the Atlanta BeltLine, we need someone with experience, vision, and a strong commitment to public service to lead this department," Reed said in a statement. "George Dusenbury has had a distinguished career and brings the right expertise to help the Parks department meet its long-term goals."
Prior to his work with Park Pride, Dusenbury worked for Congressman John Lewis. Should the Atlanta City Council approve Dusenbury, the Cornell and Emory Law grad is expected to start his new job as commissioner near the end of June.
More to come.
(Photo courtesy of Park Pride)
yeah, because Grant Park is miles away and isn't a park
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