The South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department announced that Ben McShane has joined the department as a recreation specialist. He began his new position Feb. 12.
“As one of two recreation specialists, Ben will be responsible for continuing to add new and innovative programs to our inventory, as well as generating some new large-scale community event ideas,” said SBRP Director Holly Rees. “He will be an integral part of our team as we bolster our already stellar offerings to the deserving South Burlington community.”
A native of Massachusetts, McShane moved to Vermont in 2010. He is currently a resident of Colchester. McShane graduated from Champlain College in 2013. Noting that after graduation he had opportunities outside of the Green Mountain State, he purposefully chose to stay in Vermont.
“I fell in love with the scenery, people, music, and of course, the great food we have up here. I enjoy being active in the outdoors and nothing beats a morning hike in our Green Mountains or getting out on our enchanting Lake Champlain,” said McShane. “I recently purchased a canoe this past summer and was able to take advantage of our top-notch fishing and explore our immaculate landscape.”
McShane’s previous experience includes working for the Howard Center in their child and youth family services branch. In addition, he coached an AAU basketball team for middle school students and was the assistant coach for the Winooski Youth Football Program in 2017.
“I love coaching and watching kids grow throughout the season,” McShane said.
Rees notes McShane’s experience in municipal recreation, including developing programs and events with volunteer partners and local business sponsorship, shows his proven skills in collaboration and bringing both individuals and groups together.
“Ben brings a gentle and genuine kindness to his work and is dedicated to forging connections within the community,” said Rees. “He is currently spearheading our Bike Rodeo, which will take place May 18 at Veteran’s Memorial Park. This free event will be an opportunity for youngsters to dust the rust off their bikes at our ‘fix it station,’ as well as learn the rules of the road by completing a series of fun safety stations. Ben will be updating our Bike and Ped Committee of the current plan next week and hopes to have their guidance for some family ride mapping as part of this event. No kick stand for him, he is hitting the ground ‘riding’!”