Evart hires recreation director


EVART - Through years of volunteering with boy scouts and national parks, recreation has always been Mark Wilson's passion.

Now the Evart resident can share that passion with his community.

Wilson, 48, is in his third week as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Evart. His goal is to expand the city's recreational options and facilitate events for residents to come together and have fun.

"Traditionally in Evart, parks and recreation has consisted of just youth sports, but it's more than that," Wilson said.

WIlson was hired last month as the City's first ever Parks and Recreations Direction. The council approved the creation of the part-time position in June to aid the recreation committee in organizing and hosting sports activities.

"He's already exceeded my expectations and I expect he's going to exceed the city's as well. He's doing a great job," Szakacs said during Monday's city council meeting.

In his first few weeks on the job, Wilson set up an ongoing scavenger hunt using the Evart Parks and Recreaton Facebook account. He invites community members to guess where photos were taken around the city's recreational areas.

Wilson has other plans to include new activities in the city's recreation, including scrap booking, sewing and canoeing. He also plans to target a variety of age groups.

"Senior citizen activities have been overlooked," Wilson said. "I talked with some (seniors) and there is a lot of opportunity and lots of interest."

Along with organizing activities, the position also requires administrative work. Wilson will write grants to secure money for the recreation and parks system and already has begun updating city property to comply with grant regulations.

"He's doing a lot of wonderful things for the City of Evart," Szakacs said.

In other business at Monday's meeting, the council;

• Unanimously voted to extend the deadline in setting a medical marijuana regulation in the city to give the planning commission and city attorney more time in making a recommendation to council;

• Voted to renew health insurance policy for non-union employees in 2013;

• Authorized Szakas to sign a contract for an airport layout plan. A design has not been done since 1993, and must be completed in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

The next meeting of the Evart City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Evart Depot.