Winter Haven names parks, recreation, culture director

WH Parks, Recreation and Culture Department director hired

Julie Adams has been hired as the City of Winter Haven Parks, Recreation and Culture Department director. Under the guidance of City Manager Mike Herr and Deputy City Manager T. Michael Stavres, Adams will work with the city’s recreation team to continue offering quality leisure opportunities for all citizens. This includes city-sponsored recreational activities, athletic programs and special events; overseeing Willowbrook Golf Course, the Winter Haven Public Library and the AdventHealth Fieldhouse; and guiding the management of day-to-day operations at a variety of city community centers, public parks and green spaces and cemeteries. She will also serve as a liaison with community partners and organizations to ensure there is a consistent connection and ongoing advancement of department services. Prior to joining the City of Winter Haven, Adams worked with the City of Lakeland for more than 16 years, serving as a recreation supervisor and an assistant superintendent of recreation. She is a long-standing member and volunteer of the Florida Recreation and Park Association, where she participates in continuing-education opportunities and interacts with parks and recreation professionals to remain current with trends and developments. Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida and a master’s in sport, recreation and tourism management from Georgia Southern University. She is a certified public manager through Florida State University. She has served on the board of Campfire Sunshine Central Florida and is a coach for the Southern Select Volleyball Organization. She also is a webcaster/commentator for the Florida Southern College Women’s Volleyball program.

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