Herres Retiring After 39 Years of Parks & Rec Service
After 39 years of groundbreaking service to our community, Pete Herres names his successor. It’s a high bar. Herres set the standard for a quality Parks and Recreation program in so many ways. Pete Herres began with close to nothing and built a program for our region that rivals or even surpass programs in much larger communities.
From an early age, Pete Herres always had a passion for parks and recreation. During his high school years, Pete played many sports and enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities. But it was his guidance counselor who encouraged him to consider a career in the recreation field.
After several successes along the way, Pete decided to come back to Wellsboro to help care for his Mom and Dad. The former head of Parks and Recs was in the process of leaving the Wellsboro area and asked Pete if he would be willing to get involved with Parks and Recreation here in Wellsboro. Herres agreed, and the rest is history. Thirty-nine wonderful years of history that would become a tremendous blessing to our area.
Pete began by establishing three or four solid programs, which soon became six to seven quality programs, and then things started snowballing from there.
On today’s broadcast, Home Page Vice President Sara Vogt visits with Pete with a grateful heart for all the good things he has poured into Parks and Recreation and our community. Sara and Pete take a little trip down memory lane and reflect. Herres was quick to deflect praise and, with a spirit of humility, pointed to all the volunteers who have made the program such a success.
There are now forty programs running here in the Wellsboro Area Parks and Recs throughout a calendar year. Under Herres’s leadership and vision, our Parks and Recreation Department received the Keystone Award of Excellence. There are now close to twenty recreation departments patterned off the Wellsboro area program.
At the end of today’s broadcast, Pete Herres names his successor, and you’ll never guess who it is? You will have to watch. But, we can tell you this much… he has been active with Step-Outdoors. He has been involved in the Wellsboro Community for the past fifteen to twenty years. He used to serve our area through the Partnership for Community Health. One more thing – Pete Herres could not have chosen a better Executive Director of Wellsboro Parks and Recreation to lead us forward. You will have to watch today’s broadcast to find out who Pete selected.
For more information about the Wellsboro Parks & Recreation department, visit their website here: wellsbororecreation.org.
You can listen to our full interview with Pete and Brian on our podcast here, on on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Sara Vogt, John Vogt
Anchor: Sara Vogt
Guest(s): Pete Herres, Brian Kennedy
Produced by Vogt Media