Harvey Feldman

Harvey Feldman, CPRP started his professional career as the first Director of Parks and Recreation in New Hope Minnesota where he had overall responsibility for administration of Parks and Recreation and directed three successful general obligation bond issues and developed a park system for the city.

Harvey was also the first Director of Parks and Recreation for Richfield, Minnesota. He developed a comprehensive citywide master park plan and served as the project manager for an interpretive nature center, a major park development program and an indoor ice arena.

Feldman left Richfield to become the Superintendent for Recreation of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board where he was instrumental in developing over 20 shared use facility agreements with the School District, and numerous social service agencies.

Feldman then moved to the position of Superintendent for Administration and Secretary to the nine-member elected Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. In that capacity he had overall responsibility for the Administration Division which included Finance, Human Resources and Special Services and served as staff liaison for the People for Parks Foundation.

After Feldman left the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board he served as interim Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In addition he has been part of a consultant group for numerous cities in Minnesota.

Currently, Mr. Feldman is a teaching specialist and was Director of the Recreation Facilities Management Institute at the University of Minnesota.

During Feldman's long career he was honored as the 2001 recipient of the Clifton E. French Distinguished Service Award, the Jack Niles award for the outstanding young recreator in the state of Minnesota by the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, the outstanding Young Man award from the New Hope Jaycees, the G.B Fitzgerald Award from the University of Minnesota. While in New Hope and Minneapolis the cities were awarded the National Gold Medal Award.

Harvey's involvement with the National Recreation and Park Association and the Minnesota Recreation and Park has been extensive. At the national level he was the Program Chair of the 2002 National Congress and twice Congress Host Coordinator in Minneapolis. He also served on the APRS Board of Directors, and was chair of the Golf Management Division.

At the state level he served as Treasurer and Board member for the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association and the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation.