Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre Set To Retire

Los Alamos County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre looks over photos marking his long career. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By GREG KENDALL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dick McIntyre let it be known last year that the Ashley Pond Improvements Project would be his final project with the County and he would make certain it got underway before he retired. 

A man true to his words, McIntyre has filed his County retirement papers effective July 12. His retirement comes after a long, drawn-out planning process for the Ashley Pond Improvements project. Now that the ducks have been rounded up from the pond, sick fish removed and ground finally broken on the project, McIntyre feels the time is right to begin the next phase of his life.

McIntyre was spotted recently on his mountain bike taking photos of the work going on at Ashley Pond. When asked what he will do first in retirement, McIntyre said, “we’re headed back to Maine for a visit … we plan to stay in Los Alamos. My wife is very involved in community organizations and she would like to continue with them.” 

In recent years, McIntyre has led the Parks Department in completing significant projects that Los Alamos County will be proud of for many years to come.

Some of these projects include:

  • New dog parks around the County
  • Re-development of East Park including the do-it-yourself minature golf feature
  • Paved parking and covered picnic areas
  • Spectacular and well used Canyon Rim Trail that has received approval, under McIntyre’s watchful eye, for expansion to Trinity Site
  • New bathrooms have been built for the Canyon Rim Trail, East Park and elsewhere
  • Parks crews have had a hand in the flower baskets and seasonal banners lining Central Avenue

Under McIntyre’s watch, Parks crews have been working to re-development the Camp May camping and recreation area.  Park crews have been developed, maintained and enhanced many County trails as well.

McIntyre has led the Parks Division for more than nine years. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Landscape Architecture and is a Registered Landscape Architect. He retires with more than 35 years of experience in the “green industry” including nearly 25 years in the public service and parks discipline.

Local parks have been well managed by McIntyre and his team during his tenure with the County. There is no word yet on who will succeed McIntyre at the Parks Division, but one thing is certain, whoever it is, they have big shoes to fill.

Canyon Rim Trail opening day, Aug. 21, 2010. Then County Council Chair Sharon Stover, Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre (recovering from leg surgery) and then Councilors Mike Wismer, Nona Bowman and Robert Gibson. Courtesy/LAC

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