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New Edmond parks director wants children outdoors

Edmond has a new parks and recreation director. Craig Dishman wants children outside, using their muscles.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: October 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: October 29, 2012

“I would like to do things that are creative and get kids outdoors. I am excited about the potential at Arcadia Lake.”

Dishman, 42, will be working with YMCA officials to coordinate programs the city offers through the parks and recreation department and those offered by the YMCA at the new recreation center next door to the Multipurpose Activity Center in Mitch Park.

“It is important that we work together on what programs they offer and what programs we offer,” Dishman said. “We will find out what our niche will be and not compete.”

Development of the city's newest community park and softball complex, Edmond 66 Park, is exciting to Dishman, who comes to Edmond from Mesquite, Texas, where he had been recreation services superintendent since 2006.

“I like green spaces where you can have a picnic with the family and fly a kite or have a nice place to sit and enjoy nature,” he said.

His ultimate vision is for Edmond to have a premier parks and recreation system.

“I like to have a strategic business plan,” Dishman said. “I like things to be on paper so it tells me where we are going.

“We have a great staff, and I feel like we are all on the same page.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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