Fargo Parks Distict
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The staff leadership team of the Fargo Park District is comprised of the directors. The day to day operations are managed by the Executive Director of Parks and Recreation. The district itself is divided into the following departments: Enterprise, Finance, Human Resources, Parks, Recreation, Valley Senior Services and Courts Plus Community Fitness.

Meet the Fargo Park District Directors

 

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dave leker

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Dave is the Executive Director for the Fargo Park District. He has been with the Fargo Park District since 1999, previously serving as the Deputy Director and the Parks Director. Dave graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1989. From 1993 to 1999 Dave worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the Beulah Park District.

Dave has two boys, Brody and Jace.

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Dave grew up in Fergus Falls, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota, NDSU and finished with his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rasmussen College. Dave gained his accreditation as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional from the National Recreation and Parks Association in 2018.

Dave has worked for the Park District since 1991. He started as a seasonal employee working at Edgewood Public Golf Course. Later, he moved to a full-time role with the Park Maintenance Division and held various positions throughout his career with the Park District in this department until becoming the Parks Director. Dave became the Deputy Director of Operations in 2022.

Dave lives in the community with his wife and two boys. He is an avid sportsman and enjoys camping and outdoor activities, as well as spending quality time with family and friends.

 

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carolyn boutain

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As Community Relations Director, Carolyn oversees a department that includes the five Golf Pro Shops, Advertising and Sales for all advertising and sponsorship opportunities within the Park District, as well as Marketing and Communications team who work with all Park District departments to create communication pieces and promotions for the District.

Carolyn has a BA in Music Industry from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She began her career in 1988 with the Fargo Park District planning the summer events at Trollwood Park and coordinating Santa Village. She became Director of Cultural Activities in 1996 and became Enterprise Director in 2018 before becoming Community Relations Director in 2022. She and her husband live in Fargo and have three adult sons.

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A native of Hoople, ND, Broc has worked for the Fargo Park District since 2021. In his role as Finance Director, Broc oversees the Park District’s Finance, HR and IT teams. 

Broc received his bachelor’s degree from Mayville State University in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Human Resources. Before joining the Fargo Park District team, Broc worked in the public sector in both higher education and K-12 education. He previously served as the Associate VP of Finance & Administration and the Interim VP of Finance & Administration at NDSU. He served as Business Manager for Fargo Public Schools for 8 years at which time he worked very closely as a partner with the Fargo Park District, sharing multiple spaces through joint powers agreements between the School District and the Park District. 

Broc and his wife Karen live in Casselton, ND. Karen teaches middle school Science in West Fargo. They have 2 sons and enjoy attending University of Jamestown football and basketball games in their free time. Broc’s passions in life include fishing, golf, running and family. 

 

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Kevin started working part time at the Fargo Park District in 1990 and after graduating from NDSU in 1991, Kevin was hired full time as the Tennis Director at Courts Plus Community Fitness. He was promoted to the Program Director in 1995 and then moved up to the Director of Courts Plus in 1997. In 2018, Kevin was appointed to the position of Programming & Facilities Director.

Kevin is married to Allyson; she is a 3rd grade teacher in the Moorhead Public Schools. Kevin and Allyson enjoy spending their free time watching sporting events and home projects.

 

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Paul Grindeland standing in front of the Depot

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Paul has been with the Fargo Park District since 1986 and has been the Valley Senior Services Director since 2022. Paul was previously the Valley Senior Services Transit Manager, a position he held since 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Science in Legal Assistance from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Paul also serves on the Fargo Park District Safety Committee and Civil Service Commission with the City of Fargo. 

Under his direction, Valley Senior Services provides services to seniors in Cass, Richland, Traill, Steele, Ransom and Sargent Counties.