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New Delta parks & rec boss will be 'hitting the ground running'

Trent Reid has been appointed as Delta’s new Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture
Reid first joined the City of Delta in 1998 and most recently served as Deputy Director of Major Projects in the Parks, Recreation and Culture department.

The City of Delta’s new director of Parks, Recreation and Culture has a plate full of projects for 2023.

The city announced this week that Trent Reid has been appointed to the role, having first joined the city in 1998 and progressing through multiple key positions in the organization.

Most recently, he served as Deputy Director of Major Projects in the Parks, Recreation and Culture department. He also has extensive experience in the Engineering and Engineering Operations areas, including nearly five years leading the operations branch.

“It truly is an honour to be considered for a role like this. It’s a big role in the City of Delta, a huge department with a lot of responsibility,” Reid told the Optimist.

Reid said there’s many exciting projects and initiatives spearheaded by council, which committed financially to improving parks, adding additional capital funding for new facilities as well as updating existing facilities.

Some of the projects include the washroom replacement at Memorial Park, ongoing enhancements at parks such as North Delta Community Park and other fields, while building improvements slated for 2023 include, among others, the Ladner Leisure Centre. Planning will begin or is underway on a plethora of other projects over the next couple of years.

“The benefit for me is that I’ve been fortunate enough to have been working in Delta for a few years and in the last couple of years my focus was facilities and improving facilities, so I’m hitting the ground running and we continue on with what council has set out as its vision,” Reid added.

A city news release notes that in his new role, Reid will lead a dedicated team of employees while being responsible for the implementation of council’s exciting plan for parks, recreation and culture.

“On behalf of council I want to congratulate Trent on his new role as Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture. I have worked with Trent for many years and appreciate his ability to get things done and his dedication to serving the community. This is an exciting time for parks, recreation and culture in Delta and I have full confidence in Trent’s ability to continue driving this department forward to provide great service for the community,” said Mayor George Harvie.

Noting Reid’s experience with the city, its employees and the community is extensive, City Manager Sean McGill said they look forward to his outstanding leadership at the helm of the important department.