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Posted on: September 24, 2020

City of Burleson names new parks and recreation director

Jen Basham, Director of Parks and Recreation

Jen Basham, CPRE, CPO, has been named the City of Burleson parks and recreation director.  

Basham, a Certified Park and Recreation Executive and Certified Pool and Spa Operator, most recently served as director of parks and leisure services for the City of Stephenville. She began her duties on September 8, 2020.  

"We welcome Jen to the City of Burleson and look forward to working with her as we continue our efforts to offer a wide range of quality parks and recreational programming for all ages to enjoy,” said Bryan Langley, Burleson City Manager. “Throughout the extensive interview process, Jen displayed a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for leisure services.  We are excited to welcome her to the Burleson team. In her new role she will be diligently working towards the city’s goal to provide high quality parks and recreation opportunities throughout the  community.” 

As the parks and recreation director Basham will be responsible for managing all aspects of Burleson’s parks and recreation programs and services, which includes parks maintenance, Chisenhall Fields, Burleson Recreation Center, community events, Russell Farm Art Center, Hidden Creek Golf Course, cemetery and the management of capital projects that include a robust trail system.  

In her role in Stephenville, Basham led parks, cemeteries, recreation, aquatics, senior center, library services, downtown revitalization and the municipal airport. During her tenure, she applied for and received funding for multiple grants, completed two parks, completed phase II of the city’s river trail system, expanded programs and events, completed a facility feasibility study, tier 1 of the strategic plan, the first draft of a five year capital improvement projects and completed multiple facility upgrades. 

“Becoming part of the Burleson parks and recreation team is an incredible opportunity,” said Basham. “Burleson is a beautiful community that takes pride in their quality of life recreational amenities and programs. I am excited to continue the level of excellent service currently in place, while also creating new experiences through our parks and facilities.” 

Basham also serves on regional, state, and national associations through a variety of committees. For the last four years she has also served as a reviewer for the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA accreditation is the gold standard parks and recreation agencies utilize to create well-structured and quality organizations. 


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