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Parks and rec chief looks to exciting time ahead at South Shore

Susan Wood

After 34 years with the city, longtime resident Gary Moore has accepted a position as the director of parks and recreation.

Moore has served as the acting head of the department while Parks Superintendent Steve Weiss went into retirement recently. He took over for Recreation Superintendent Judy Crawford when she retired a few years ago. In the mid 1990s, he ran the city’s senior center.

Moore has an extensive background in the parks and recreation disciplines, starting with the city as a recreation coordinator. He has a bachelor of arts degree in recreation administration from San Diego State University.

He’ll oversee 19 full time staff and a few hundred on a seasonal basis.

“This is an exciting time in our community because a lot of new development and new vision is happening,” he said. He pointed to the 56-acre project, a plan to enhance the recreational and cultural opportunities of the midtown section of the city anchored by Campground by the Lake. The campground operates close to South Lake Tahoe’s recreation center and ice arena.

Moore plans to stay up-to-date on trends in the world of tourism recreation, which has seen a shift from traditional sports to the less conventional activities in the adventure category.

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The parks and recreation department underwent a reorganization with the city that provides it with more autonomy.

“Gary will do an excellent job re-establishing parks and recreation department as a full city department and continuing his skilled and enthusiastic approach to his job and service to his community,” City Manager Dave Jinkens said.