Amy Markle recently accepted the position of Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Director for the city. She came to our club to talk about her background in parks and recreation and some recent news about the department. Markle grew up in Rosemount, where she always enjoyed the outdoors and worked at her local parks. She then attended UW-Stevens Point, majoring in Resource Management and Biology. She worked as a National Park Service Ranger after college before moving to Richfield and becoming their Recreation Services Director, at which point she also pursued higher education. From Stephen F. Austin State University, she received her Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Education, and from the University of Missouri, she received her Doctorate in Education. Now, in Eden Prairie, she is working on new projects and upcoming events. This includes Arbor Day, the annual tree sale event, at which they are doubling the amount of trees being given out. They will also be adding new playgrounds to multiple parks throughout the city and revamping some of the courts as well. July 3rd's community event will feature a new drone show that has been featured at many large events across the United States. She also talked about the challenges of the warm winter weather, commenting on the department's efforts to get people outside for things that differ from the typical winter activities. If you want to connect with Amy for any reason, feel free to reach out to her at 952-949-8440 or through the Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation website!