Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2001

New parks director hits the ground running

January 11, 2001

Eudora's new recreation and parks director may have a full plate, but she's ready to get to work.

Diana Beebe was named director in December by the Eudora City Council, after she was selected by the recreations and parks commission. The Lawrence resident said she was looking forward to the position, which was created earlier in 1999.

"It's a great opportunity," Beebe said. "It's a growing community with lots of potential."

Beebe is an Emporia State University graduate, with a bachelor of science in physical education and recreation and a secondary degree in elementary education. She graduated in 1974 with a master's degree in athletic administration.

Since 1976, Beebe has worked in many departments at Kansas University. She has coached field hockey, softball and volleyball and worked as academic coordinator for athletes.

Beebe attended school from 1988 to 1990 at Benedictine College, Atchison. Returning to KU, she worked in facilities operations and was interim director of housekeeping services. In 1995, she returned to athletics as equipment manager. She stayed with that position until 2000, when her park education management skills took root after landing a job with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Commission.

Though she still has a part-time position in Lawrence, Beebe said it would not interfere with her position in Eudora.

"I primarily work with officials (in Lawrence), which will go hand-in-hand in youth sports," she said.

The multi-faceted worker is no stranger to Eudora.

"I've played (softball) and know quite a few people in Eudora," she said. "Also, many people I work with on the campus are from Eudora."

Beebe is getting acclimated to her new position. Currently, her office is open from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. She spends her her afternoons getting to know residents.

Anyone wanting more information on programs offered through the recreation and parks commission may call Beebe at 542-1725.

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