Sara L. Hensley, CPRP
- Austin, Texas
With solid leadership skills accumulated over almost three decades working in the parks and recreation field, Sara has a proven track record of getting results and a demonstrated commitment to the community.
Responsible for the overall operation and leadership of 699 full time equivalent personnel, a $86 million operating budget and over $181 million in capital improvement projects . Today, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department oversees more than 20,000 acres of land containing 300 parks and more than 212 miles of hike-and-bike trails. Other facilities include 26 recreation and senior centers; 11 museums, arts and cultural centers; 5 public cemeteries; 6 golf courses; 12 dog parks and 25 swimming pools.
Responsible for the overall operations and leadership of 1100 full-time equivalent personnel and a $110 million operating budget. The City of Phoenix park system includes 37,000 acres of public parks, desert mountains and preserves; 154 sports fields, 8 golf courses, 35 community recreation centers, 140 tennis courts, 10 lakes, 4 skateboard parks, 4 dog parks, 166 after school programs, 2 major league baseball facilities, 2 museums, 29 swimming pools, 2 environmental education centers, 265 miles of hiking trails, 880 acres of street landscaping, major downtown special events and countless encounters with residents, tourists, business and citizens.
Responsible for the overall operations and leadership of 775 full-time equivalent personnel and a $45 million operating budget. Over $220 million + in capital construction programs and $28 million in grant funds were within the Director’s purview or jointly managed by the Department and other related departments of the City. The City’s traditional parks and recreation functions are found in the direct management of 24 community centers, 13 senior centers, 13 youth centers and 5 City-owned municipal pools (with collaborative operation relationships at 12 swimming pools). A total of 3,512 acres of parks and open space, which includes five regional parks, gardens and a children’s zoo. Oversee the Animal Services Division as well as City-Wide grants; Healthy Neighborhood Venture Funds and the Community Development Block Grant Fund.
Responsible for the overall operation of the Department of Parks and Recreation, which includes the following divisions: Administrative Services, Design and Development, Parks, Golf Courses and Recreation. The department is comprised of 232 full-time and over 400 part-time team members, with an operating budget of $20 million, a $2 million golf course enterprise fund and an additional $46 million in Capital Improvement Program dollars.
Responsible for the overall operation of the Recreation Division which is comprised of 7 facilities, 13 budget units totaling $12.5 million dollars, 175 full-time and over 275 part-time team members.
Responsibilities included supervision of all recreation personnel (22 permanent staff and up to 300 temporary/seasonal and contractual employees), an annual budget of $3 million, and the operation of 12 facilities.