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LLOP management position still open

By Jane Harrison 
 
About 15 candidates applied for the management position at Lake Lanier Olympic Park, but the Gainesville Parks & Recreation Department is no hurry to fill the position vacated by Robyn Lynch in August.
 
Parks Director Kate Mattison said former assistant manager James Watson “is doing a great job” as interim division manager at LLOP. Watson, a former paddler with the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, has worked at the park for several years, first with initial LLOP manager Morgan House and then with Lynch before she resigned to take a position with the Gainesville tourism department.
 
Mattison described Watson as being “very passionate” about the park he’s known from the inside out. He has applied for the job opening.
 
The city has gotten applicants from the Lake Lanier area as well as from Florida, Mattison said. Candidates’ backgrounds range from experience in water sports to parks management to tourism.
Mattison said the city hopes to put a new hire in the position by spring, when activities pick up at the park. Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey previously said there’s no rush. “The main thing is to find the right person.”
 
The search team includes members of the Lake Lanier Park Foundation (formerly Gainesville-Hall ’96) who revived activities at the former Olympic site. The 35.5 acre park, developed originally for canoe/kayak and rowing events in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was recently annexed by the city. LLOP became a city-owned park in July and is managed by the Gainesville Parks Department.

Posted online 11.25.19
 
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