The City of Westminster has hired Don Tripp as its new director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries. Tripp, formerly director of Park and Recreation for Des Moines, Iowa, will begin duties on June 18.
Tripp replaces Bill Walenczak, who retired in April after 22 years with Westminster.
“Don brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new duties in Westminster, and I look forward to working with him to build upon the strength of our outstanding Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries,” said Westminster City Manager Brent McFall.
Tripp has been the Park and Recreation director for Des Moines for the past 21 years and has 33 years of experience in the field, including serving in Battle Creek, Mich., Ames, Iowa, and Nevada, Iowa.
“I have known for a long time that Coloradans place a high premium on their parks and recreation,” said Tripp. “I have two sons, Brandon and Derrick, who live in and near Westminster, so I’ve seen it first-hand. Derrick will be a professional colleague in the region, as he works for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation.
“Add to all this the opportunity to move to one of the top jobs in parks, recreation and libraries in America” he continued. “I feel so fortunate.”
Westminster over the past several months conducted a comprehensive nationwide selection process that yielded 124 qualified candidates. Top parks, recreation and library professionals around the country competed for the position in a diverse interview and assessment process.
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. 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.