The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced Wednesday that it has named Jeremy Barrick as its next assistant superintendent of environmental stewardship.
Barrick, who will begin the job next January, will lead the division responsible for the maintenance of the park system’s physical infrastructure, equipment, natural areas, water resources, urban forest, volunteer coordination and environmental education. It’s a pivotal time for the department as the board is set to begin ramping up investments to better maintain neighborhood park infrastructure over the next two decades through the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan.
Though he began his career working for rural and suburban municipalities in Minnesota, Barrick comes to the position from the City of San Diego Planning Department where he served as the urban forestry program manager. He previously held several positions with the New York City Parks Department, including borough forester, arborist for its capital design and construction division and then deputy chief of forestry, horticulture and natural resources. Barrick is also a past president of the Society of Municipal Arborists.
“I’m excited to have Jeremy join the Park Board team,” Superintendent Jayne Miller said in a statement. “Jeremy will further our work in protecting and maintaining the parkland, lakes and natural resources that draw residents and visitors alike. His urban park experience and his extensive knowledge of forestry and natural resource management will serve the organization and the community well.”
Barrick succeeds Justin Long, who has held the position since the fall of 2013. Long is moving to a position with the City of San Jose’s Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department, according to a board spokeswoman.
“I am ecstatic to join the number one park system in the country,” he said. “Throughout my career I’ve aspired to return home and work with such an amazing organization. And what an exciting time to do it with the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan coming on line. I sincerely look forward to meeting and working with everyone.”
Barrick will begin the job Jan. 16, 2017.