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Recreation District Mission Statement:
To provide a full range of easily accessible recreation and park programs, services and facilities for participants of every age, ability level, cultural background and financial status.
Executive Director Jim Hoar announces his retirement
At the March 13, 2018 board meeting of the Canon City Area Recreation and Park District, the board accepted the letter of retirement submitted by Executive Director Jim Hoar. Mr. Hoar has served as the Director for the past 17 years. Under his leadership the District has expanded both in size and in the number of facilities, amenities, trails and open space acreage it manages.
In 2002, the geographical area the District services increased to approximately 115 square miles in size with a successful inclusion election. The land that would become home to Pathfinder Regional Park was purchased in 2006 with the grand opening of the park in 2007. A fishing pond was added in 2008 and the Miner’s Pavilion in 2012. More recently in 2016, Mr. Hoar facilitated the donation of a 160 acre parcel of land from Walter Schepp and the purchase of the Summit Brick property. These have been developed into the Eagle Wing Trailhead, South Canon Trail system and Schepp Open Space.
In his first year as Director, the property at 575 Ash Street was acquired through a lease purchase agreement to house the District’s offices. Over the years the facilities on the property have grown to include the Arkansas Riverwalk Dog Park in 2011, the Ash Street Community Garden in 2013, the renovation of the archery range in 2014 and construction of an elevated shooting stand in 2015.
Notable enhancements to the parks and trails under the District’s management occurred during his tenure. The District acquired the Old Harrison School Playground in 2008 and the redeveloped park opened in 2012. To the west, the Arkansas Riverwalk Trail was extended to 9th Street in 2004 and to the east to the Mackenzie Avenue Trailhead in 2012.
The board will start the selection process to transition to a new Executive Director. Mr. Hoar’s date of retirement is June 30, 2018.
In responding to Jim’s retirement announcement Board President Ken Burger stated “Jim will certainly be missed. His leadership has advanced the District in a multitude of ways. He is one of the hardest working individuals that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The things that were accomplished by the District during his tenure are simply remarkable. I personally appreciate everything that Jim has done for the District during my eight years as a board member.”
Jim Hoar stated “I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished under the leadership of this Board and those board members before them. I have always believed that I was just one part of a much larger team of dedicated public service employees and volunteers. I thank the community for the opportunities we have been given and all the fine people I have had the privilege to work with and work for. Together we have made a wonderful difference in the quality of life in our community.”