Flanders, who was named to the post August 1 said this week that residents could look forward to more offerings some of which are already underway like fall dodge-ball leagues for all ages, a basketball program a fall/winter tennis program and flag football.
“There are a lot of opportunities to enhance family activities,” Flanders said. “This is the time to kick off more programs.”
Flanders had been contracting with the city since the spring helping with the transition from the departure of long time Parks and Recreation and later Recreation Director Adrienne Cheney.
She comes to the city from Manteca, where she served as CEO of their convention and visitors bureau. She has a true passion for recreation and tourism.
“We’re exited Juliene has passion for tourism,” City Manager Rod Butler said. “We’re happy to have her here as we get out sea legs under us in marketing and tourism.”
Flanders said Patterson is a prime location for some types of tourism. She is also spearheading a committee to help encourage travel and tourism.
Butler said he is also pleased with her long time experience in recreation.
Flanders retired from the City of Turlock after 24 years in their recreation department due to government cutbacks. She had been recreation superintendent there.
Flanders said the value added to a community with great recreation is priceless.
“People are looking for schools and activities,” she said, noting she was looking for more opportunities for folks of all ages.
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