General Manager

GVRD - Parks Make Life Better

Gabriel Lanusse

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General Manager’s Message

General Manager’s Message

Hello, as we continue on the path of shelter in place, some things have become essential in our lives.  Besides friends, family, food, shelter, and clothing, GVRD provides a worthwhile component for our lives:  the great outdoors.  It was something we took for granted, until now when we realize we need it.

On another note, I just wanted to give you all an update during this COVID time.

Our parks are open to provide an essential item to our community – open space.  Our maintenance staff have been trying to keep up with the surge in popularity and usage of our outdoors.  As Stewards of the Environment, we are trying to do our best with what we have to keep parks “safe, clean and green”.  Staff kept mowing tall grass to reduce fire risk, picked up tons of garbage, and tried to keep our parks open.

I know some outdoor recreational activities have been closed, such as playgrounds and the pool, but the good news is that we are allowed to open up some playgrounds.  Better news is we have made major repairs to our pool, and are open for lap swim.

Our recreation department has had a very difficult time as guidelines have placed a freeze on groups, indoor activities, and basically interactions.  The County is slowly lifting restrictions, and as they do, we will try to open up classes, community centers, and recreational activities. Staff are being creative.

As to what is going on during this time…we are cleaning community centers, doing ADA upgrades, and making improvements indoors and outdoors to our Parks and Recreation system.  We are figuring out ways to make our resources better for all of you now and for the future.

As timing has it, we are also in the middle of our ten year master plan study and asking the public their thoughts, and pursuing millions in grant money to add new sports fields, playgrounds, energy improvements, and a splash pad.

With all of this going on, we know people are struggling in Vallejo to make ends meet. It is hard to think that there are holidays right around the corner.  We at GVRD are working on two important items…

First, we are working on getting food to families for Thanksgiving.  Please help with you time, or money, to put food on peoples’ table.  Please contact our recreation department to find out more.

The second item is that Christmas is coming right up too.  Usually we have a “Breakfast with Santa” and hand out gifts.  We are not able to do that this year, but may be having an “Elf Drop” instead.  We are asking people or businesses to donate an unwrapped gift, or money to the Parks and Open Space foundation, to help out.  If you, or a family you know, needs our help, please contact the GVRD recreation department so we can help.

You can use the Contact link at the top of the page to reach us.

I would like to thank you for your time and wish you and your family, safety, and good health.

Gabriel Lanusse

 

Mensaje del Director General

Hola, mientras continuamos en el camino del refugio en el lugar, algunas cosas se han vuelto esenciales en nuestras vidas. Además de los amigos, la familia, la comida, el refugio y la ropa, GVRD proporciona un componente valioso para nuestras vidas: el aire libre. Fue algo que dimos por sentado, hasta ahora cuando nos damos cuenta de que lo necesitamos.

En otra nota, solo quería darles a todos una actualización durante este tiempo de COVID.

Nuestros parques están abiertos para proporcionar un elemento esencial para nuestra comunidad: espacio abierto. Nuestro personal de mantenimiento ha estado tratando de mantenerse al día con el aumento de popularidad y uso de nuestro aire libre. Como administradores del medio ambiente, estamos tratando de hacer nuestro mejor esfuerzo con lo que tenemos para mantener los parques “seguros, limpios y ecológicos”. El personal siguió cortando el césped alto para reducir el riesgo de incendio, recogió toneladas de basura y trató de mantener abiertos nuestros parques.

Sé que se han cerrado algunas actividades recreativas al aire libre, como los parques infantiles y la piscina, pero la buena noticia es que podemos abrir algunos parques infantiles. Una mejor noticia es que hemos hecho reparaciones importantes en nuestra piscina y estamos abiertos para nadar.

Nuestro departamento de recreación ha tenido un momento muy difícil ya que las pautas han congelado los grupos, las actividades interiores y, básicamente, las interacciones. El condado está levantando lentamente las restricciones y, mientras lo hacen, intentaremos abrir clases, centros comunitarios y actividades recreativas. El personal está siendo creativo.

En cuanto a lo que está sucediendo durante este tiempo… estamos limpiando centros comunitarios, mejorando la ADA y mejorando el interior y el exterior de nuestro sistema de Parques y Recreación. Estamos buscando formas de mejorar nuestros recursos para todos ustedes ahora y en el futuro.

Según el momento, también estamos en medio de nuestro plan maestro de diez años y le preguntamos al público sus pensamientos, y buscamos millones en donaciones para agregar nuevos campos deportivos, áreas de juego, mejoras energéticas y una plataforma de salpicaduras.

Con todo esto sucediendo, sabemos que la gente está luchando en Vallejo para llegar a fin de mes. Es difícil pensar que hay vacaciones a la vuelta de la esquina. En GVRD estamos trabajando en dos puntos importantes …

Primero, estamos trabajando para llevar comida a las familias para el Día de Acción de Gracias. Por favor ayude con su tiempo o dinero para poner comida en la mesa de la gente. Comuníquese con nuestro departamento de recreación para obtener más información.

El segundo punto es que la Navidad también se acerca. Normalmente tenemos un “Desayuno con Santa” y repartimos regalos. No podemos hacer eso este año, pero es posible que tengamos un “Elf Drop” en su lugar. Estamos pidiendo a las personas o empresas que donen un obsequio sin envolver o dinero a la fundación Parks and Open Space para ayudar. Si usted o una familia que conoce necesita nuestra ayuda, comuníquese con el departamento de recreación de GVRD para que podamos ayudarlo.

Puede usar el enlace de contacto en la parte superior de la página para comunicarse con nosotros.

Me gustaría agradecerles por su tiempo y desearles a ustedes y a su familia seguridad y buena salud.

Gabriel Lanusse

Your GVRD General Manager

I was born and raised in the Bay Area one block away from a park and recreation center.  As a child, I would attend many recreation classes and events.  I played on old metal playgrounds, and survived.  I grew up working in the family gardening business by starting off planting flowers, watering plants, raking leaves, and pulling weeds.  So as a young child I made a connection to parks and recreation.

I took over the family business in 1989, and went to night school to get an A.S. degree in Horticulture.  I then went to Santa Clara University to obtain my B.A. degree in Communication, still working full time.

I worked for the City of San Mateo in their Parks Department, Yountville Golf Course as the Assistant Superintendent,  City of Petaluma where I rose from Park Maintenance Worker II to Lead Worker.  While there I received my Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Here at GVRD I started off as the Park Supervisor back in 2011, then Maintenance Superintendent.   I have been the General Manager here acting then full time since March 10, 2017.

I am happy to help this community get improved programs and parks.  We do have limited resources, but make do with a very dedicated staff.  We have many items on our checklist, but I value the community and the Board of Director’s input on directions we need to go.  I have worked over 20 years in public service, and hope to make the lives of the community better through Parks and Recreation.

-Gabe Lanusse

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