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District Welcomes New Director of Parks and Open Space

Dec 10 2015

Andy Jennings is the new director of parks and open space for South SuburbanManaging 3,800 acres of developed and natural open space park land at more than 100 locations is no walk in the park. Newly hired Andy Jennings is the second Director of Parks and Open Space in the District’s 56-year history, taking over the role from Jim Priddy who retired after 42 years with the District earlier this year.


South Suburban Park and Recreation District tapped Andy Jennings as its Director of Parks and Open Space. The 35-year veteran of the industry has an extensive background in Parks, Forestry, Open Space and Golf Maintenance. For the past 26 years, Jennings was Parks and Golf Manager for the City of Thornton. While there he managed staffing, operational activities, programs, functions and services for parks maintenance; open space maintenance, golf maintenance, mowing operations and forestry operations.


“I believe Andy will add great insight, value and leadership to our dedicated and talented parks and open space department,” said South Suburban’s Executive Director Rob Hanna. He brings a wealth of experience in project development, including capital projects, master plans, and ongoing capital maintenance programs, as well as park mapping and forestry inventory.”


In addition, Jennings has great experience partnering with outside agencies and was involved with Thornton’s Neighborhood Services division. He helped develop the City’s Community Garden program and assisted with the development of the City’s Coyote Management Plan.


Prior to joining the City of Thornton, Jennings served as Park Superintendent for the City of McKinney in Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, where he received his Bachelor’s in Park Administration.