Arts and Recreation Department Created

The Salida SteamPlant and Hot Springs Pool/Recreation Departments have merged to create the Arts and Recreation Department. Theresa Casey, formerly Recreation Manager, will head the department as Arts and Recreation Director with the support of Michael Varnum and the SteamPlant and Recreation staffs.

Dara MacDonald, City Administrator, said she is pleased to make the announcement. “In recent years, the growing importance of recreation and culture in our community has become increasingly evident. The shared goals and challenges of the departments and the opportunities for collaboration and efficiency led to the decision to merge the two after much consideration.”

Recent examples of cross-over projects, MacDonald said, include recreation programs like Wine and Watercolors and the Travelogue series, BikeFest, Labor Day Picnic in the Park, the Colorado Creative Industries Conference, the management of the Scout Hut and marketing efforts.

“Arts and Recreation are of growing importance to our community, visitors and economy, and I am confident that this new structure will enhance the City’s ability to continue to provide these valued services,” MacDonald said.

Casey said she is looking forward to working with Michael Varnum and the SteamPlant staff. “We will work to accomplish the goals of the City and our departments. I will work more on the administrative side, and Michael will continue to work with the local artist community, Creative District and manage day to day operations at the SteamPlant.”