MOORESVILLE — There's a new face leading the Mooresville Park & Recreation District, albeit a familiar one.
Kris Wilson was appointed by the Mooresville Park Board to be the parks superintendent on Jan. 15. She replaces Brent Callahan, who retired in October after serving in the role for 34 years.
"It's going to be hard to fill his shoes," Wilson said. "I don't think I'm necessarily trying to fill his own shoes, but I want to step up and be able to continue what he did. He was always there for everybody."
Wilson had served as the assistant superintendent for the district for the past 15 years.
Originally from suburban Chicago, she received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and her master's degree from Ball State University. She then spent six years in Philadelphia working for the University of Pennsylvania's campus recreation department before relocating with her family to Morgan County.
Pioneer Park in Mooresville offers a number of amenities, including shelter rentals for special events, the Mooresville Family Aquatic Center, the Soaring Eagle Zipline and three miles of walking trails, she said.
The department has discussed adding more amenities to the park, including adding a playground, shelter, restrooms and pickleball courts, Wilson said.
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"We're looking to see how we can continue to improve and have all kinds of options for people," she said. "We found out during COVID that people want to be outside. They want to have something to do. We're here to provide those opportunities for them."
The district is currently looking for part-time workers for its before-and-after-school programs, which serve the five elementary schools in Mooresville. The programs often include games, science experiments and arts and crafts, though staffing difficulties have forced the department to scale back some of its offerings, Wilson said.
The park district is also starting to take applications for summer employment, including lifeguards, cashiers, concession workers, summer camp counselors and maintenance workers.
Wilson's former assistant superintendent position is open as well.
Interested applicants should contact the park office at (317) 831-7149 or email Wilson at email@example.com.
Contact reporter Peter Blanchard at 765-346-2942 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @peterlblanchard.
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