Wendy Nilsson has been appointed the new superintendent of the Providence Parks and Recreation Department, Mayor Jorge Elorza announced today.
Nilsson is founder and director of the Partnership for Providence Parks, a non-profit organization that brings community, business and citizen resources together to improve city parks. She has also worked with the Boston Community Centers and the Rhode Island Department of Education. Nilsson holds a master’s degree in education.
``Our goal with Providence’s extensive parks and recreation system should be to develop it so that sports, recreation, arts and play will engage and inspire everyone who lives in the city,’’ said Nilsson.
Elorza said in a statement that he is confident that Nilsson ``will serve the city of Providence with distinction.’’
Nilsson succeeds Bob McMahon, who has retired.