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Posted on: March 10, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Parks and Recreation Director Scott Swigert sworn in as TRAPS President

Join the City of Deer Park in congratulating Parks and Recreation Director Scott Swigert! Last week during the annual Texas Recreation and Parks Society Institute and Expo, after being a part of the organization for 16 years, Swigert was sworn in as President for 2016-17.
According to Swigert, his term as President will allow him to work with parks and recreation professionals, students, citizens members and commercial vendors throughout the state of Texas to shape the direction and goals of the industry for years to come.
“Since 2008, I have had the privilege and honor to be part of the TRAPS Board, either as a liaison, board member and sometimes even both, and I have seen the board achieve a multitude of great things over the years,” Swigert said. “It is an honor to be given the support of this organization to lead this next year, and I believe we will be able to reach great milestones in 2016.”
The Parks and Recreation Department also won two awards during the TRAPS conference – one for Communication and Marketing Excellence and a second for Park Innovations.
“Our Park Innovations award recognized the remote-control car feature we recently added to College Park,” said Nicole Garvis, Marketing/Technical Coordinator. “We have seen daily traffic at the park since the R/C course was completed, with people coming from all over the state to try it out!”
Presidential goal - TRAPS strategic plan
Swigert said his primary focus during his term as President will be to develop a new strategic plan for TRAPS based on their four cornerstones of Connections, Advocacy, Resources and Education.
“During our March board meeting, we formally adopted our new Vision and Mission statements for TRAPS, and now, we will work with our entire organization to build a new strategic plan around those ideals,” Swigert said. “Everyone – all of our committees, regional directors and each branch of TRAPS – will give us their goals and strategies within each section of the plan.
“Typically, we only involve the board in this process, but because we’re bringing in a lot of different groups and encouraging their feedback, we hope to get buy-in from everyone and see the strategic plan adopted by the end of my term.”
Completing and implementing the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan for 2013-2023 has made Swigert very optimistic about his ability to execute a large-scale plan for TRAPS.
“Those who work with me know I like to live by the plan,” he said. “Just look at our Parks and Recreation Master Plan – since we got the Type B (Sales and Use Tax) approved, we’re on our way to addressing all but one of the major projects in that plan within five years.
“I believe we will see the same level of success with our new TRAPS strategic plan.”
Strong leadership
Garvis said the Parks and Recreation Department is very lucky to work with Swigert and the TRAPS organization.
“Scott is an exceptional leader, not only because he wants Deer Park to shine but because he wants to see the betterment of the profession as a whole,” she said.
For more information on the Parks and Recreation Department, visit the City Web site, and navigate to the Parks and Recreation Department through the Your Government tab. Also, don’t forget to like the department on Facebook at
For more information on TRAPS, visit

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