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Posted: 07/20/11


Metroparks appoints three
as district park managers

      The Huron-Clinton Metroparks recently appointed three district park managers, one of whom lives in Addison Township.
       The appointments is a first step in restructuring the regional park system which annually serves nearly nine million visitors through 13 parks in southeast Michigan.
       Named to the new positions are Kimberly A. Jarvis, district park manager for the western district (Kensington, Indian Springs, Huron Meadows, Hudson Mills, Dexter-Huron and Delhi Metroparks); James W. Pershing, district park manager for the southern district (Lower Huron, Willow, Oakwoods and Lake Erie Metroparks) and Michael G. Lyons, district park manager for the eastern district (Metro Beach, Stony Creek and Wolcott Mill Metroparks).
       "In light of economic challenges facing the Metroparks, and recent retirements of several park superintendents, the time is right to change our organizational structure to be more cost efficient," said David Moilanen, Huron-Clinton Metroparks director. "Consolidating six administrative units into three districts enables us to achieve economies of scale by utilizing less staff, less equipment, less inventory and other efficiencies within a district."
       Moilanen added that by sharing services, expertise and equipment, Metroparks expects to operate in a more cost-effective manner while providing clean, safe and well-maintained parks.
       Lyons, of Addison Township, initially worked part-time as a golf course maintenance worker at Hudson Mills Metropark from 1990 to 1994. After working for various public and private golf courses, Lyons returned to the Metroparks in 1998 as the golf course superintendent at Wolcott Mill Metropark.
       He became the golf course superintendent at Kensington Metropark in January 2001 and at Huron Meadows Metropark in May 2002. He was promoted to the park operations administrator at Stony Creek Metropark in January 2005, named assistant park superintendent in May 2005 and interim park superintendent in 2009.
       Lyons graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also holds a Turfgrass Management Certificate from Michigan State University.
       Jarvis, of Milford, is a 35-year Metropark employee who began her career with the Metroparks in 1976 as a part-time tollbooth operator at Kensington Metropark while attending college.
       Pershing, of Carleton, began his career with the Metroparks in 1976 as a pool attendant at the Willow Metropark swimming pool.
       The Metroparks consist of 13 parks covering 25,000 acres, 10 public golf courses and two marinas on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, respectively. The parks also offer scenic nature trails, beaches, educational activities and winter sports.
       A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors, or $5 daily. General information can be found at or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS.

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