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Mesa Parks Director named to American Academy for Parks and Recreation
By: Lily King-Cisneros
11/6/12 9:54 AM

Parks, Recreation & Commercial Facilities
For Release: Nov. 6, 2012
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Public Information & Communication Specialist

     Marc Heirshberg, Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Director came to Mesa in February of 2010 and in just three short years; he’s been able to expand recreation services and programs, all while on a shrinking budget.  Because of his creative resources, Heirshberg was recently named to the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administrators (AAPRA).  The AAPRA is a national organization for recreational professionals and educators to collaborate and promote the importance of parks and recreation to the community.  Membership is limited to 125 practicing professionals at any one time.  Heirshberg was nominated by his peers and was inducted as an Academy Fellow at the National Congress for Parks and Recreation in Anaheim, CA this past October. 
     “I am honored to have my fellow peers nominate me to the Academy,” Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Director, Marc Heirshberg said.  “The AAPRA is a prestigious organization and I value the collaborative efforts of other park administrators to bring affordable, fun, and healthy recreational options to our community.”  
     Members who are nominated to the AAPRA have to serve either 15 years or more in a high-level administration position in parks, recreation, and conservation.  Members must demonstrate leadership, hold a record of participating in state, regional and national professional organizations, has contributed through writing and public speaking appearances, and are nominated by a current Academy member.
“Marc really exemplified what we at AAPRA are looking for in a fellow,” AAPRA President, Lori Daniel said. “We hope Marc will continue to bring forth his creative and successful programs to Mesa and share them with us at the Academy.”
     Prior to joining Mesa, Heirshberg served as Deputy Manager of Recreation for the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District in Centennial, Colorado and as Recreation Director for the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District in Littleton, Colorado.  Heirshberg began his career as Certification Coordinator with the National Recreation and Park Association assisting with the implementation of the Certified Playground Safety Inspector program.  
     Heirshberg received his bachelor’s degrees in Recreation Administration and Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Northern Colorado and his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Public Administration from Regis University.
     Among his other awards, Heirshberg has been recognized as the Outstanding Young Professional by the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, the NRPA Midwest Region and the American Park and Recreation society as well as being the recipient of the NRPA Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award.  
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