Parks and Recreation Manager Randy Quale has made playing fun and easy for Twin Cities residents since the 1970s. He started his parks and recreation career in Saint Paul. He accepted his position with the City of Bloomington in 1997.
“I always remember that date because it was only a few days before my daughter was born—two life-changing events at once,” Quale said. “I feel like I kind of landed my dream job when I came to the City.”
With 97 parks and more than 3,000 acres of parkland, there is no shortage of fun things to do and see in Bloomington. Through 21 years of leading the team that operates, maintains and improves those parks, Quale says a few of his favorite projects were building the Normandale Lake Bandshell in 2002 and the renovation of the Bloomington Aquatic Center.
Another project he’s proud of is the passage and implementation of the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. He was involved from the planning stages as the president of the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association. He enjoyed seeing many important projects addressing issues from natural resources to parks and trails in Minnesota aided by the resulting funding.