The Town of Marana announced the hiring of their new deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department. D. Tyrell McGirt joined the town last week.
According to a town press release McGirt brings with him “significant experience in the parks and recreation field, and the Town is eager to benefit from his fresh perspectives.”
He comes to Marana after serving as the Director of Parks, Culture, and Recreation in Unalaska, a small community in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska where he earned the reputation for coming up with a number of initiatives and “developing a vision and mission for his department.”
“I sincerely believe that leisure activities, recreation, and sports play an essential role in adults and children living active, balanced, and healthy lives,” said McGirt. “In Marana, residents already enjoy a wide variety of recreational opportunities, and I look forward to building on that legacy.”
He has a background in aquatics, serving as the aquatics coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and also helped open Ray’s Splash Planet, Charlotte’s first indoor water park. He also implemented a junior life guard program in the town.
McGirt will assist Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Nemeth Briehn. The department has offered a number of programs including free guided hikes, the recent Turkey Trot and El Tour de Tucson leg as well as offering a number of year-round activities, such as Zumba classes, martial arts programming and classes that fuse music and visual art.
“I can’t wait to get involved in all of these efforts,” said McGirt. “I can already tell that Marana is a great community where I’m going to have a lot of fun.”