21st Century Parks

Parklands Staff Grows as Major Construction is Completed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Anna Rosales-Crone
(502) 815-0267
acrone@21cparks.org

Louisville, Ky. (May 2, 2016) — 21st Century Parks Inc., the nonprofit organization responsible for the fund raising, development, construction and management of Louisville’s newest public park system, The Parklands of Floyds Fork, is pleased to announce four additions to its growing team.

Michael Nielsen, Vice President of Finance

Mike joined 21st Century Parks as the Vice President of Finance in April of 2016. Before joining The Parklands, he spent four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers serving numerous private clients throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Mike will oversee the Administrative and Financial operations of 21stCentury Parks, Inc., and assist with stewardship and growth of the 21st Century Parks Endowment.

A Kentucky registered Certified Public Accountant, and member of Beta Alpha Psi, Nielsen holds a BS in Accounting from Transylvania University and an MS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.

Olivia Kaiser, Education Specialist

Olivia Kaiser joined The Parklands as an Interpretive Ranger in Fall 2014.  In March of 2016, she was promoted to Education Specialist. In this new position she is responsible for creating and delivering interpretive programs to the public with special focus on field trips and summer camps.

Kaiser graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Elementary Education, concentrating in Learning and Behavior Disorders.

Caitlyn Hulls, Event Specialist

Caitlyn Hulls joined 21st Century Parks in July 2015 as an Event Concierge and was promoted to Event Specialist in April 2016. In this position she will help coordinate facility use and event rentals throughout The Parklands with specific focus on delivering corporate and wedding events at the Gheens Foundation Lodge in Beckley Creek Park.

Hulls is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a major in Health Promotion and a minor in Management and Leadership.

Bryan Howell, Trail Experience Team Leader

Bryan Howell joined The Parklands as Trail Experience Team Leader in April of 2016. Before his move to Louisville, Bryan worked as a trail crew member for the United States Forest Service in Yampa, CO and Ketchikan, Alaska. Bryan will be the leader of trail maintenance operations for The Parklands and its over 60 miles of hiking, biking, and paddling trails.

Howell is an Eastern Kentucky University graduate with a BA in Recreation & Park Administration.

“The Parklands builds and sustains a world-class park because it is staffed by a world-class team of committed professionals. These new members of The Parklands team will ensure that we deliver on our promise to be outstanding stewards of the resources entrusted to our care,” said Daniel H. Jones, CEO & President, 21st Century Parks, Inc.

“We could not be more proud to welcome these highly motivated and experienced professionals to 21stCentury Parks, Inc.”

The recent completion of Broad Run Park, the final major component of The Parklands project, added 583 acres of additional parkland to the donor-supported public park. Since opening Turkey Run Park in October of 2015, 21st Century Parks has hired 13 part-time staff and 4 full-time staff to support the expanding system.

Free to visit and explore, The Parklands attracted 1.4 million visits in 2015. It expects to welcome more than 1.8 million guests this year as construction is completed.

About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. The $125 million project was funded through more than $70 million in private donations, combined with almost $50 million from federal, state and local government sources. Ongoing operations and maintenance are funded solely through private donations and an endowment fund. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at www.theparklands.org/member.

One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system.

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