TOPEKA, KAN. – John Boyd is retiring as director of planning and development for Shawnee County Parks + Recreation. His last day with the department is Dec. 30. A retirement celebration is set for Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 1-3 p.m. at Reynolds Lodge in Tinman Circle at Lake Shawnee.
Boyd has spent the past 14 years with SCP+R, joining the department in 2008 as park supervisor for athletic and aquatic maintenance. In 2015, he became superintendent of greenspace and parkland before being promoted to his present position in December of 2018. Major projects that Boyd has overseen during his career include the extension of the Deer Creek Trail which connected SCP+R’s trail system across the community, working on a master plan for the development of Family Park.
“I’ve had my fingers in a lot of projects [throughout my career],” he says. They include the development of Bettis Family Sports Complex, the Junior Pond renovation at Lake Shawnee and the Lake Shawnee Arboretum walking trails.
Boyd considers the most rewarding part of his career to be hiring young seasonal staff and watching them grow. He even keeps in touch with some former employees who are now adults who have become successful in their careers.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,696 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.