A Fond Farewell to Rena Jordan - 3.09.2016
Basin Recreation employees are easy to spot. Whether we're wearing sweatshirts or jackets, or driving around in a Basin vehicle, our logo gives us away as one of the Parks, Trails, Fieldhouse, or Admin team members. Believe it or not, it wasn't always this way. Our strategic branding efforts started when District Director Rena Jordan took the helm, and her focus on innovative ideas and teamwork embodied in our uniforms, as well as our mission, will continue long after she leaves us on March 11th after nine years of dedicated service.
In addition to highly valuing her team, Rena loves the Snyderville Basin community, and her tenure reflects the hard work she invested for nearly a decade. One of her early missions while still working as our Business Manager was to increase the financial stability of the District. Through those efforts, we were able to secure over $45 million in Open Space, Trails and Recreation bonds to build out our recreational offerings. She was able to hire and develop an extraordinary team along the way to manage and continually improve these added facilities.
Among her favorite projects is the transformation of Trailside Park, which she's been able to
personally use every day with her three dogs Callie, Charlie (RIP), and Cooper. Whether you're an avid tennis player, a dog-lover, a biker, or you watch Movies in the Park with your kiddos, you've likely come to Trailside and seen the transformation of this busy park. Maybe you've even had a chance to meet Rena herself!
If you're really lucky, you might have been able to take one of our first fitness classes with her in the
Trailside Park room. In the beginning of her service for the District fitness classes were not offered to patrons and Rena made it her priority to change that. Now our fitness program has blossomed into one of our most popular offerings from the old space at Trailside to three dedicated rooms at The Fieldhouse, as well as the turf field and even our park facilities during the summer.
In the spirit of connectedness, Rena was also able to increase focus on commuter trails in the area. The underpass at Whole Foods, Highland Drive Trail, Kilby Road Trail, and Rasmussen Trail, among many others, provide our community the ability to get from place to place on foot or on our bikes. As Park City continues to focus on sustainability, Rena ensured that
our organization innovated accordingly.
She's the first person to point out that all of her work on behalf of the District was met with a great amount of collaboration with Summit County, Park City Recreation, Utah Department of Transportation, and so many other entities. Rena spent much of her time outside her role as District Director to give back to key community
organizations, including the National Ability Center, KPCW, and The Speedy Foundation. And it's through her work with all of these devoted community members that she built her legacy.
And finally, Rena made a huge difference with our team at Basin Recreation. Staff has grown together for the benefit of our patrons with our fearless leader paving the way. "It has been the most important aspect of my work here, building this team," Rena said. "And I know that I will be able to watch them continue to grow and deliver the best in class of recreational experiences to our community."
We're immensely grateful for Rena sharing her expertise with us over the years, her outgoing attitude and sense of humor toward team building activities, and her support and generosity. She has inspired and mentored so many of us and has truly been a tremendous asset to our Basin family and the Park City community. Much like Rena, we'll remember to remain lighthearted while working hard to accomplish our goals.
Rena has always loved new and exciting experiences. and we wish her all the best in her next adventure. Cheers to you, Rena! We will miss you!
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