Thursday November 13, 2014
After 34 years of dedicated service to the community, well respected and much loved Recreation and Parks Director Todd Goodwin will be leaving South Burlington November 21 for a position with the same title in the town of Williston.
Goodwin has pursued his passion for a career in recreation since his high school days when he began as a part-time playground leader with the South Burlington Recreation Department in 1980. After graduating from SBHS, Goodwin attended the University of Vermont and studied physical education. He began his professional career working as a physical education teacher and South Burlington High School football and softball coach while working his way up the ranks of the Recreation and Parks Department.
Goodwin has played a role in every aspect of the department during his tenure. He served as a program specialist from 1987-1995, and as program assistant from 1995-1998. He has been a full-time recreation professional since assuming the role of program supervisor in 1998. In 2003, Goodwin became the city’s assistant director, and just over a year ago, in 2013 he was appointed as director of the Recreation and Parks department after serving as the interim director for almost six months.
In addition to his service to the Recreation and Parks Department, Goodwin has contributed to a number of professional organizations and has received numerous awards and recognition. South Burlington Rotary awarded Goodwin the Frederick H Tuttle Award in 2010. He has also received the Vermont Recreation and Park Association’s President’s Award, the Brungardt Outstanding Professional Award, and the Sports Illustrated Community Champion Award.
City Manager Kevin Dorn said, “Todd has been an extremely important and valued member of the city’s management team. Todd is a great Recreation and Parks Director with over 30 years of service to this community. I will miss Todd’s leadership and knowledge of his department and his sound advice but we wish him well in his new job.”
Deputy City Manager Tom Hubbard had the pleasure of working with Goodwin for many years, including when Hubbard served as director of the department. Hubbard said, “He has served our community well and leaves a legacy of programs that will be enjoyed by all for years to come. Todd was a pioneer in the area of summer recreation camp programs for children, adventure programming, and was all about initiating creative programs and making them better, different, and fun! He has been fully committed to providing the best services and programs throughout his tenure here in South Burlington, and we wish him the very best with his new position.”
Goodwin said he is proud of the programming the department has been able to provide for the community over the years and is looking forward to building and providing that same quality of programming for the community of Williston. Goodwin added that he will miss, “All the children, families and people that I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with.”
For South Burlington families and residents involved in sports, city events, parks programs, adventures, city committees and community activities, it is hard to imagine these events without Goodwin’s positive presence both behind the scenes and out front in the lead. We wish him all the best in his adventure.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent