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News: Parks Deputy Superintendent named to National Parks and Recreation Association’s “30 Under 30” List

Date Published Author
1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM   

Parks Deputy Superintendent named to National Parks and Recreation Association’s
“30 Under 30” List


Bristol, CT., January 22, 2021 – City of Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth & Community Services (BPRYCS) Deputy Superintendent, Sarah Larson, has been named to the National Parks and Recreation Association’s 2021 “30 Under 30” young professionals list.

The National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA), as well as their Young Professional's Network (YPN), and Parks & Recreation magazine has released the young professionals identified as part of their "30 Under 30" recognition program. The program honors 30 of the top young park and recreation professionals who serve as everyday superheroes to their respective communities. 

Ms. Larson was selected amongst hundreds of nominations sent in from across the country that were evaluated by a selection committee comprised of parks and recreation’s top professionals. Ms. Larson is being honored for her impact on the Bristol community, her contribution to the field, and her innovative ideas and programming.

“I am honored to be recognized as part of NRPA’s inaugural 30 under 30,” Ms. Larson reflected. “It is inspiring to see how many young trailblazers are leading our field and whose innovations are changing the way our profession responds to the reoccurring and emerging challenges that our communities face.”

The launch of the “30 Under 30” list results from wanting to showcase young professionals in leadership positions that are engaging their communities, building relationships and partnerships, and using the power of parks and recreation to create change, and “Sarah’s inclusion in this prestigious group is well-deserved” explained Joshua Medeiros, Superintendent of BPRYCS. The program spouts young professionals with positions spanning the board of Parks and recreation; innovators such as Esports directors, funding gurus, podcast creators, therapists, specialists, and many more.

“Sarah’s intuition and creativity, combined with her strategic leadership, are integral to BPRYCS. But it’s her leadership, modesty, and genuine warmth that shape the Parks, Recreation, Youth & Community Services culture,” Mederios said. “We’re enormously proud of Sarah and delighted that NRPA recognizes her as a 30 Under 30 Parks and recreation professional.”

The NRPA’s national publication, Parks and Recreation Magazine, features Ms. Larson, summing up her contributions and stating, “Sarah is the youngest deputy superintendent in department history. Sarah has prioritized centering diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the agency’s initiatives, creating a DEI committee to review departmental policies and practices, developing the city’s first Land Acknowledgement to affirm the municipality and department as stewards of the land of the Tunxis Peoples, and collaborating with the Commission for Persons with Disabilities to implement strategies of universal design in programs, facilities and parks.”