Simmons leaves Parks and Recreation


Cheney Parks and Recreation Director Paul Simmons said it’s always been his belief that it would take something “incredible” to get him to leave his position with the city that he’s held since 2004.

Apparently, the incredible happened last week. Simmons has accepted an offer to become the Director of Parks, Arts and Recreation at the city of Olympia, overseeing a full-time staff of 35-40 people, 1,000 acres of parkland and annual budget of $5.1 million.

It’s a far cry from Cheney’s four full-time staff, 40 acres of parks and $856,5000 annual budget.

“We’re talking a quantum...

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