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Director of Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods Gordon Reusink announces retirement

For forty years, Gordon Reusink has served the community and City of Arvada, supporting a vision for the community’s parks, trails and open space areas, as well as helping establish the City as a regional leader in golf and hospitality services. Mr. Reusink has announced his retirement from the City effective Jan. 28, 2022. 

Reusink has spent most of his career in service to the City, beginning as an intern in the City Manager’s Office in 1981. Through the course of his career, Mr. Reusink served in a variety of positions in the City, including as Assistant to the City Manager, Acting Deputy City Manager and as the City’s Budget Officer. However, Mr. Reusink’s most lasting contributions have been leading the City’s parks, recreation and hospitality functions, including in his current role as Director of Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods. 

“I am incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to serve the Arvada community,” Reusink wrote in a message to the City team. “I am especially grateful to current and former colleagues with whom I have worked and wish for them continued and lasting success.”

Under his leadership and as part of a Parks Master Plan Mr. Reusink helped to create, 96 percent of residents are within a 10-minute walk of a park, and the City has greatly expanded its network of open space, trails and special purpose parks, such as the Arvada Skate Park and Ralston-Central Park. The City’s golf and hospitality services have grown during Reusink’s tenure, and in recent years Reusink has helped expand the City’s housing and homelessness programs, in concert with other local and regional partners.

“Over the course of decades of dedicated service, Gordon has literally helped shape our community,” said City Manager Mark Deven. “From our vast network of parks and trails to Arvada’s commitment to arts and culture, the amenities that help make Arvada a vibrant place to live have thrived under his leadership. We are grateful for his service.”

In addition to his work within the City team, Reusink retires as a highly-respected member of the parks management community and liaison to regional partners. He is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE). The Certified Park and Recreation Executive Program establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals. Reusink is Chair of the Arvada Visitor Center Board of Directors and serves as a liaison for the City’s partnerships with Jeffco Public Schools, Apex Park and Recreation District and Hyland HIlls Parks and Recreation District.

The City is currently working with Mr. Reusink and other members of the Vibrant Community and Neighborhood team to determine future workforce needs, and the team expects to begin a search for new leadership soon.