The City of Avondale is pleased to announce that it has hired Kirk Haines as the new director of its Parks Recreation and Libraries Department. Haines joined the department this week, replacing former Director Christopher Reams, who retired in March after being with the City for over a decade.
Haines was selected following a national search for a new director to oversee the myriad of programs and services offered by the Parks, Recreations & Libraries department. Prior to joining Avondale, Haines was employed by the City of Peoria, AZ, where he served for over 15 years as parks manager. Prior to that, Haines managed the Parks and Recreation division for the City of Des Moines, Iowa, for three years, and served as a Parks Development Manager and Recreation Supervisor for the City of Westminster, Colorado
In his new role, Haines will oversee 26 staff members, 178 acres of developed parks, over 300,000 square feet of facilities, two libraries and a $5.75 million budget.
"Avondale is pleased to welcome Kirk Haines to our management team,” said David Fitzhugh, Avondale City Manager. “He brings a wealth of experience that will serve our growing community.”
Haines is the current president of the Arizona Park & Recreation Association, an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association, is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, and obtained his master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University, and bachelors degree with an emphasis in recreation management from Michigan State University.