City of Fresno Announces New PARCS Director

FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that Manuel A. Mollinedo has been named the City of Fresno’s new Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) Director, effective June 2, 2014.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Manuel’s extensive experience and leadership ability joining our team,” City Manager Rudd said. “He’ll be able to step right in and help build on the successes our PARCS staff have achieved without a full-time director guiding the way.”

Mollinedo was most recently director of the Honolulu Zoo, where he led the effort to build a new $12 million elephant habitat. During his tenure, the zoo also unveiled a new entrance, and fixed problems that hindered accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), including putting in new signs and maps for visitors. The Honolulu Zoo earned AZA accreditation in 2012.

His government experience includes two years as general manager for the Department of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles as well as director of parks and recreation for the cities of Austin, Texas and Chula Vista, California, and a 7-year term on the California State Parks and Recreation Commission where he served as chairman in 1989. He was also executive director of the Los Angeles and San Francisco zoos.

As the City of Fresno’s PARCS Director, Mollinedo will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, and development of Fresno’s parks, recreation, after school and community services programs.

Mollinedo has Bachelor and Master of Science in Recreation Administration degrees from California State University at Los Angeles where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. He was honored by CSULA with their Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998. Mollinedo also has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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