CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has had two changes to its management staff.
Scott Hock, joined the Department as Director on July 9. Hock is responsible for managing the City’s Parks and Recreation Department which includes 96 named parks, hundreds of acres of undeveloped green space for future park expansion and flood control, four municipal golf courses, six swimming pools, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, trails, two athletic complexes and more than 1,500 recreation programs held annually. He manages 59 employees.
Hock comes to Cedar Rapids from the City of Davenport where he served as Director since April 2014. Originally from Manson, Iowa, he has worked in the field of parks and recreation for more than 20 years. He has served in roles from Recreation Superintendent to Assistant Director for the cities of Shenandoah, Kansas City, Ames, and Urbandale. Hock holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leisure Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University.
Hock has previously worked in systems similar to Cedar Rapids with direct experience managing parks, trail systems, golf courses and aquatic facilities. He has provided leadership in the areas of park planning, facility management, recreation programming and special event development.
While he has worked on large capital projects building new amenities for communities, he most enjoys building relationships and partnerships with organizations and citizens. “Cedar Rapids is a progressive city. I look forward to working with the community and finding areas where we can enhance the quality of life for residents,” Hock said.
Brent Neighbor was promoted from the position of Ellis Maintenance Supervisor to Park Superintendent in June. He is responsible for managing park’s green infrastructure and facility development, maintenance, operations and activities. His position includes supervision of 23 employees who operate park, trail and athletic complex facilities and provide support to recreation programs.
Neighbor has more than 17 years of previous experience in turf management as the Sports Turf and Grounds Manager at the University of New Mexico, Project Superintendent for Mountain West GolfScapes and Ellis Maintenance Supervisor in Cedar Rapids. His past position responsibilities include hosting the 1st annual New Mexico Bowl game in 2006, and maintaining the guards’ and inmates’ football fields on the Sante Fe, New Mexico set of “The Longest Yard.”
Neighbor served as a US Air Force, KC-10 Crew Chief. He holds a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Agricultural Studies with an emphasis in Turf Management.
“Working as a project superintendent, I learned to make efficient use of limited resources to make a project come out in a quality, cost effective manner,” he said. “I look forward to continuing that at as a manager, while supporting our dedicated staff and providing an excellent park system for Cedar Rapids,” Neighbor continued.