The City of Raleigh has selected its next Department Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Oscar Carmona will join the City effective Jan. 6, 2020.
Mr. Carmona has served as an Assistant Director for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department since 2014. His career of more than 20 years has included roles in the private sector in park construction; as Park Superintendent with the City of Arlington, TX;
in multiple assignments managing state parks with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and as a Community Center and Recreation Program Manager with the City of Harlingen, TX.
Mr. Carmona has played an important role in helping to create innovation within the City of Dallas. Among other accomplishments, he coordinated a partnership with US Soccer Foundation and Target to convert five underutilized tennis courts to mini soccer pitches; developed a Park Ranger program that is anticipated to grow to 17 positions by 2021; initiated technology pilot programs such as robotic mowers and athletic field stripers; and developed and implemented many programs to increase environmental stewardship including pilots to reduce emissions, partnerships to plant at least 600 trees, and the creation of an urban biologist program.
“Raleigh is fortunate to have extraordinary park, greenway, community and cultural facilities with talented and committed staff. I am excited to see Oscar bring his talent and new perspectives to help build on the existing culture of excellence and to continue to develop and strengthen community partnerships,” said City Manager Ruffin Hall.
Mr. Carmona has a B.S. in Park and Recreation Administration from Texas State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is bilingual -- fluent in Spanish. He also has numerous certifications and training including a Parks and Recreation Executive Certification (CPRE), and participation in National Recreation and Park Association Director’s School. He is also involved in numerous professional activities including the National Recreation and Park Association CPRP Certification Committee and the Commission for the Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Mr. Carmona will be joined in Raleigh by his wife. His son will remain in Texas to complete his college education.
“I am excited and honored at this tremendous opportunity to lead an outstanding Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department,” Carmona said. “I am looking forward to working with the City of Raleigh team to further enhance the parks system and the high quality of life enjoyed by its residents.”