Scott Bangle, CPRP, is the Parks Director/General Manager for Riverside County, CA. Riverside County is the 10th most populous county in the United States and spans 7,200 sq. miles. Scott is responsible for the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (District) and the Riverside County Parks Department, which includes 71,000 acres of developed parks and natural open areas including regional and community parks, wildlife reserves, aquatic facilities, trails, sports parks, nature centers and historic sites. The District was the first special district in California to receive national accreditation through CAPRA.
Scott began his career as a seasonal employee with San Bernardino County Regional Parks and has since gained 35 years of diverse experience including Local, County, Special District and commercial recreation. Scott holds a Master’s degree in Recreation, Sports and Tourism from University of Illinois, a Bachelor’s degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree in management from California Coast University.
Scott is past president of the California Association of Regional Park and Open Space Administrators (CARPOSA), past president of the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officers (NACPRO), a current commissioner for the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and served two terms as an elected official in his local hometown.
Scott and his wife, Cindy, have two children who also started their working lives at the same park where Scott began his journey into the profession. The entire family is committed to the great outdoors. [August 2015]