Hayden woman picked for parks job
Steamboat Springs — Hayden resident Kathy Hockett has been named the town’s Parks and Recreation Department supervisor.
The Parks and Recreation Board interviewed candidates Tuesday night and selected Hockett to fill the position.
“The Parks and Recreation Board had great applicants, and the candidates that were interviewed were knowledgeable of the position and are committed to the community,” said Richard “Festus” Hagins, the board’s chairman. “Kathy was the candidate that came out on top. She will be a great addition to Hayden parks and recreation and an asset to the community.”
Hockett has lived in Hayden for 13 years and will start work Sept. 25. On her second day of work, she said she is going to a Colorado Parks and Recreation Association conference in Keystone.
“I feel that I’m very well suited for this job,” Hockett said. “The expectations of this job are right in line with what I can do.
Hockett has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in business. She has worked as a substitute teacher while living in Hayden and has volunteered at the schools. She has two children, Jake, 11, and Jessika, 7. Both attend Hayden schools. Her husband, Ron, works for Twentymile Coal Co.
She said working in parks and recreation has been a longtime interest and passion of hers.
“I would really enjoy representing and working with the people in Hayden,” she said. “I’m in it for the long haul.”
The parks and recreation supervisor position was reshaped by town officials during the past few months, and the goal is to have Hockett take on more of an administrative and organizing role. She replaces J.D. Paul, who resigned in July.
Hockett said she anticipates the town’s parks and recreation needs will increase as the town continues to grow. Depending on how the parks program evolves, taxpayers may be asked whether to form a parks and recreation tax district.
Hockett said one of her goals is to finish improvements at Dry Creek Park. The town recently was awarded a $400,000 grant to make improvements at the park. The second of three phases of construction is expected to begin next year.
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