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City of Bloomington Announces New Parks and Recreation Director

Bloomington, MN—Bloomington City Manager Jamie Verbrugge has selected Ann Kattreh to be Bloomington’s new Parks and Recreation Director. Kattreh comes to Bloomington from the city of Edina where she has directed the parks and recreation department since 2012. She has been with the Edina organization for 26 years, where she began as a special events coordinator at Edinborough Park and Centennial Lakes Park in 1992.

“Ann has a tremendous track record of accomplishment in Edina in nearly every aspect that will challenge her here in Bloomington,” Verbrugge said. “And, perhaps more importantly, she has a well-earned reputation for her team-oriented leadership style.”

Kattreh earned a master’s degree in parks, recreation and leisure facilities management from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and leisure studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She will be the first to direct Bloomington’s newly reorganized Parks and Recreation Department, leading a team of 25 full-time and numerous seasonal employees working in recreation programming and at the City’s ice garden, beach and aquatics facilities, arts center, two golf courses and community center. The reorganization of the department combines recreation enterprise operations with long-standing recreation, cultural and parks programming.

“Strong communities like Bloomington are anchored by thriving park systems,” Kattreh said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Bloomington staff to develop the first Parks and Recreation Department and provide the best parks, programs and facilities for the community."

Kattreh will begin as Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Director on January 14.