General Manager

GVRD - Parks Make Life Better

Gabriel Lanusse

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General Manager’s Message

General Manager’s Message

With summer in mid-swing, and families trying very hard to work through having their homes become the hub of all activities, we at the Greater Vallejo Recreation District appreciate the kind words we have received from the community regarding keeping our parks open throughout this time. Families are reconnecting with the outdoors, and escaping their cramped living spaces.   I also know most families miss the recreational activities GVRD provides such as, Cunningham Pool, playgrounds and especially Summer Camps.  I miss the sounds of children playing at Children’s Wonderland!  As an update, staff is trying their best to provide virtual recreation opportunities and although schools are teetering regarding whether they will hold in person or virtual classes, GVRD staff is bending like Olympic gymnasts trying to adapt to situations that sometimes seem to change on an hourly basis.  We are working to develop a plan for a limited hours “study hall.”

During this COVID time, we will be asking the citizens of Vallejo to participate in our 10 year master plan.  At first, it may be difficult to answer questions about what you want to see in Parks and Recreation when you cannot currently participate in group activities, but it is a great time to reflect upon what you want to see from GVRD as we move forward. If history teaches us anything positive, it is that even the difficult times eventually pass.  We look forward to seeing you and your families in our parks and programs soon.

Stay healthy,

Gabe Lanusse

 

Mensaje del Director General

Con el verano a mitad y las familias que se esfuerzan mucho para que sus hogares se conviertan en el centro de todas las actividades, en el Distrito de Recreación del Gran Vallejo apreciamos las amables palabras que hemos recibido de la comunidad con respecto a mantener nuestros parques abiertos durante todo este tiempo.  Las familias se están reconectando con el aire libre y escapan de sus espacios reducidos. También sé que la mayoría de las familias se pierden las actividades recreativas que ofrece GVRD, tales como Cunningham Pool, parques infantiles y especialmente campamentos de verano. ¡Extraño los sonidos de los niños jugando en el Children’s Wonderland! Como actualización, el personal está haciendo todo lo posible para proporcionar oportunidades de recreación virtual y, aunque las escuelas se tambalean con respecto a si celebrarán clases en persona o virtuales, el personal de GVRD se inclina como los gimnastas olímpicos que intentan adaptarse a situaciones que a veces parecen cambiar cada hora. Estamos trabajando para desarrollar un plan para un horario limitado de “sala de estudio.”

Durante este tiempo COVID, pediremos a los ciudadanos de Vallejo que participen en nuestro plan maestro de 10 años. Al principio, puede ser difícil responder preguntas sobre lo que quiere ver en Parques y Recreación cuando actualmente no puede participar en actividades grupales, pero es un buen momento para reflexionar sobre lo que quiere ver de GVRD a medida que avanzamos. Si la historia nos enseña algo positivo, es que incluso los tiempos difíciles eventualmente pasan. Esperamos verte pronto a ti y a tus familias en nuestros parques y programas.

Mantente sano y seguro,

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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