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York County hires Parks & Recreation director

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February 26, 2020
The York County Commissioners have hired Michael Fobes to be the county’s Parks & Recreation director. While his first day as director will be Feb. 29, Mr. Fobes has been working in a leadership role with the Parks since 1991 when he was hired as facilities manager. 
Tammy Klunk is retiring after 37 years with York County Parks & Recreation. She has been director for the last decade. 
York County Parks & Recreation continues to evolve with the changing uses of the parks. Ten years ago, the county couldn’t have predicted E-bikes, which are now allowed at some of the county’s 11 parks. Even mountain biking in the 1990s was thought to be a passing fad, Mr. Fobes admitted. 
“Obviously, it’s become quite a popular thing to do in the parks system,” Mr. Fobes said. “You see the general public’s needs changing. Keeping up with what people want to do in the parks is a constant challenge.” 
A dog park at John Rudy Park, an expanding Heritage Rail Trail and an electronic ticketing system for Christmas Magic are footnotes in the Parks’ history, which has allowed the department to adapt and stay relevant. 
As he transitions into his new role, Mr. Fobes intends to complete three grants already underway. These grants will enable the county to create a bicycle path spanning Rocky Ridge Park, purchase land near Richard Nixon Park and complete a trail connecting Nixon to William H. Kain Park. 
Mr. Fobes will oversee 29 full-time employees and many seasonal employees as director. The 11 parks span more than 4,500 acres. 


Mark Walters, 717-779-6508 

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