FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2008
Sue Cobb, Mayor’s Office 720-865-9016
Jill McGranahan, Parks & Rec 720-913-0633
Outward Bound USA Names Denver Parks & Rec Manager Kim Bailey Vice President of Urban Centers
(Denver) Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper today announced that Parks and Recreation Manager Kim Bailey has been appointed Vice President of Urban Centers for Outward Bound USA.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Kim. It will allow her to pursue on a grand scale her passion of creating meaningful experiences for urban youth,” Hickenlooper said. “We will miss her, but we’re grateful she is staying in the Denver area.” Bailey will maintain her involvement with task forces and commissions that support Denver’s parks and recreation centers, Hickenlooper added.
As Manager of Parks and Recreation, Bailey has focused on implementing the City’s vision of active public spaces and well utilized recreation centers. She spearheaded the Tree-by-Tree, Mile High Million initiative, part of the Mayor’s citywide sustainability agenda, Greenprint Denver.
Outward Bound USA is a non–profit education organization with core programs focused on character development and self-discovery in the wilderness, in cities and in schools. Outward Bound USA is an independent member of Outward Bound International located in more than 30 countries. Outward Bound Centers are community-based, dedicated to serving the specific needs of local communities by providing young people access to programs focused on the organization’s core values - character development and self-discovery. Bailey will direct operational support and leadership for Outward Bound's three Urban Centers - Baltimore, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. She will also head planning and implementation of new Centers in selected cities nationwide, including Denver, based on Outward Bound's mission, vision and strategy.
“This new face of Outward Bound, serving the needs of urban communities, is key to our organization. Kim Bailey brings the right background, values and experience to leading Outward Bound and our Centers in this direction,” said John C. Read, President & CEO of Outward USA.
Bailey’s resignation will become effective May 27th. Scott Robson, Deputy Manager of Parks and Recreation, will take over as acting manager. The search for a replacement will begin immediately.
Denver's Parks and Recreation department is responsible for 5,500 acres reflected in over 200 urban parks, 29 recreation centers, 14,000 acres of mountain parks including two bison herds, 7 golf courses and many more amenities. With the successful passage of the 2007 infrastructure bond initiative, $93 million will be invested in this system for much-needed improvements.
Bailey has brought public/private partnerships to Parks and Recreation. Under her leadership existing relationships have been nurtured and new partnerships have been established, bringing in over $6 million in donations and/or in-kind contributions that have advanced development and programming within the department.
"I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with an amazing group of people committed to making Denver’s Parks and Recreation system a national model for historic preservation, meaningful programs and sustainable development. It is hard to think about leaving work you enjoy but the opportunity with Outward USA is a wonderful way of celebrating all that is important to me. That I will be based at Outward Bound's Golden headquarters is also important as I have come to love this city and state," Bailey said. "My entire professional life has been dedicated to helping connect young people with meaningful experiences.”