LeeAnn Plumer

Director, Holly Springs Parks & Recreation

LeeAnn Plumer became director of Holly Springs parks & recreation in February.

Family: Husband, Joe; son, 14-year-old Daniel

Previously: Administrative services manager with Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. “Holly Springs is my hometown. When this opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance to be a part of the growth and changes that are happening here.”

Her start: Growing up I was involved in a lot of parks & recreation programs. In high school, I taught gymnastics, preschool movement classes and water aerobics. Looking back, I think those early experiences of working with kids and the community, and knowing the great impact it has on their lives … I just thought (parks & recreation) was a great career opportunity.

Loves: It’s never the same day. It’s so unpredictable. One day I’m knee deep in budget numbers, and the next day we are literally hiking through sewer easements to look at potential greenway connections.

On variety: Parks & rec programs are a good opportunity for lots of exposure to different skills and interests without a big commitment. You don’t want to invest in a big dance costume and then find out your daughter loves baseball.

Big goals: Acquiring park land west of Highway 55, where the growth of the town is really occurring, to be able to increase our level of service to those residents. We have a lot of pieces of greenways, but we really need to focus on connecting them to parks, shopping areas, schools and other destinations to make sure they are super useful as a source of recreation and alternative transportation.

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