The City of Westminster’s director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries is retiring after 22 years of guiding an award-winning operations.
Bill Walenzcak recently announced he will retire on April 2.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries is responsible for 65 community parks throughout the city (totaling 2,910 acres), Standley Lake Regional Park (2,327 acres), two full-service libraries, five recreation centers, two golf courses and one sports center.
“Bill Walenczak leaves a lasting legacy with the city and its residents,” said Brent McFall, Westminster city manager. “Under his leadership Westminster has developed a national reputation for first-class parks, recreation and libraries. These are points of pride in this community and Bill played a pivotal role in shaping them.”
Under Walenczak’s leadership, the department is a three-time winner of the prestigious National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
Highlights during his tenure include partnering with Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District on The MAC and the Ice Centre at the Promenade, construction of the College Hill and Irving Street libraries, the Heritage and Legacy Ridge golf courses, the Armed Forces Tribute Garden, and the acquisition of Standley Lake Regional Park.
“I have enjoyed immensely my career with the city and have enriched my life working with and becoming friends with the many fine people in this organization,” said Walenczak. “In addition, I have been blessed with a great group of dedicated employees who strive to do the very best they can every single day. We have accomplished a lot of great things for this city as a team.”
“Bill Walenczak is a treasure for this community,” said Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally. “Every time our residents enjoy a neighborhood park, or use our great trail system, or use one of our many world-class recreation facilities and libraries, they have Bill and his great team at Parks, Recreation and Libraries to thank.”