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Doug Hogan to retire after 23 years as Jamestown Parks and Recreation director

Doug Hogan has been the director since 1998.

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Doug Hogan, Jamestown Parks and Recreation director talks Wednesday, Dec. 8, about his 40 years worked for the department. Hogan's last day as director will be Dec. 31. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Doug Hogan is retiring after serving for 23 years as Jamestown Parks and Recreation director.

Hogan’s last day as director is Dec. 31.

Hogan said he began working with Jamestown Parks and Recreation in December 1980. He became the director in October 1998.

“I kind of have mixed emotions,” he said, referring to retiring. “I've been contemplating it for a couple of years now. Times have changed, and we have a good group of young parks and rec professionals here now. I just felt it was time to step away.”

Hogan has committed his heart and soul to Jamestown Parks and Recreation, said Mindi Schmitz, chair of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission.

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“His footprint is all over town and in Parks and Rec,” she said. “He’s done a great service to the community and we are proud of what he’s done and wish him well.”

Mike Landscoot, vice chairman of the commission, said Hogan has done a great job for Parks and Recreation.

“I’m glad for him,” he said. “I wish him all the best of luck.”

Tom Gould, who works part time for Parks and Recreation, said he’s known Hogan for more than 50 years. .

“Doug is very cooperative,” he said. “When we have facility needs he does his best to try to facilitate what it is we need.”

Amy Walters is the new executive director of Jamestown Parks and Recreation and started her new role on Dec. 1. The commission wanted to hire an executive director before December, so the individual could work with Hogan.

“He is going to be difficult to replace,” Walters said. “He is very willing to share his knowledge as well, which I'm very appreciative of.”

Hogan’s beginning in Parks and Recreation

After Hogan graduated at Jamestown High School, he said he attended Mineral Area College in Flat River, Mo., which is now in Park Hills, Mo., and played Minor League Baseball for a couple years before coming back to Jamestown. Hogan was a short-relief pitcher and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977.

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“I don’t think people realize what a really really good athlete Doug was,” Gould said. “He was a very good athlete.”

Once he returned to Jamestown, he attended Jamestown College, now the University of Jamestown, and was offered a position from Jack Brown to work for Jamestown Parks and Recreation. Brown was the Parks and Recreation director at that time.

“It has worked out well,” Hogan said. “Parks and Recreation has been very good to me as well as the community of Jamestown.”

Projects

In Hogan’s time as director, the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2006. The foundation’s mission is to raise money to enhance facilities and programming of recreational opportunities for the citizens and visitors to the city of Jamestown, including those offered by the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department, according to the Parks and Recreation’s website.

“(It has allowed) hundreds of thousands of dollars that we have been able to funnel through the foundation for various projects, giving people tax incentives,” Hogan said.

Hogan oversaw major renovations to the hockey rinks in John L. Wilson Arena and Eagles Arena, Hillcrest Municipal Golf Course and Jack Brown Stadium.

“We have done some good things for Jamestown as a board and Doug leading us,” Landscoot said.

The Two Rivers Activity Center was opened in 2017 after voters passed a 1% city sales tax for the construction, operation and maintenance of the facility in 2015.

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Jack Brown Stadium improvements included rebuilding the original wooden stands, renovating the dugouts and adding new batting cages over the years.

“I think those are two pillars (TRAC and Jack Brown Stadium) of the Parks and Rec district and for the community too,” Schmitz said. “Both of those facilities are recognized statewide.”

Hogan said Parks and Recreation offers more programming for adults and youth. He said the disc golf courses, bike trails and the Jamestown Kite Festival, also known as KiteFest, keep people active.

He also said he’s seen an increase in usage of Parks and Recreation facilities and parks.

“There is soccer, softball, baseball has all grown, and hockey has grown,” he said. “There is probably a need for growth as far as softball and baseball fields go as well. I know soccer probably could use a bigger facility, and we potentially have that in that field (Meidinger Park) where we have our KiteFest.”

Gould said Hogan is very interested in the Parks and Recreation facilities and keeping them up to par.

“Doug is very cooperative,” he said. “When we have facility needs he does his best to try to facilitate what it is we need.”

He said Hogan is a big supporter of the amateur baseball programs as a director and as a contributor. Gould said Hogan has worked with his son and daughter, Jeff and Tessa, on improvements to Jack Brown Stadium.

“He’s worked a lot with my family,” he said. “I know they appreciated working with Doug. Doug has been very good about keeping them informed on what is going on and working with them. As a family, we always appreciate it.”

Community support and retirement

Hogan said he has no immediate plans of what he will do once he is retired. He said he will spend lots of time with his dog.

“I’m sure once springtime comes, spend a little more time out on the golf course, maybe take up fishing again, spend a little more time hunting,” he said.

Hogan said the support from the community over the years has meant a lot to him. He said he has gotten to work with a great group of employees and commissioners.

“The community has been really really awesome and very supportive of things that we do,” he said. “I met and worked with a number of people over the years and developed very good relationships, friendships. In a nutshell, it has been all the people that I have had the opportunity to interact with.”

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If you go

What: Open house to honor Director Doug Hogan and to thank him for his service to the community

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16

Where: Bunker, 1520 3rd St. SE

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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