Susan Eaves

Susan Eaves is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and Texas Woman’s University with B.S. and M.A. degrees in Parks and Recreation Administration, respectively. She is married to Dan, a graduate of Texas Tech University in Engineering. They met during college while working at Canyon Village in Yellowstone National Park. They have four children – Kelli, Daniel, Lisette and Mark and three grandchildren – Briana (22), Lucas (17) and Lotus (6).

Susan has been a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) for 49 years. She began her career in Arlington, TX, as a Center Manager, Recreation Supervisor and Recreation Superintendent-working in Arlington 14 years. In 1982, Susan was selected as the first full-time Executive Director of the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), serving in that position for six years. After TRAPS, Susan joined the Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Dept. for four years as District Superintendent. During her tenure in Fort Worth, the Department won the National Gold Medal Award and two Texas Gold Medal Awards.

Susan left Fort Worth in 1996 to become the Director of Parks and Recreation in Lancaster, TX. During the 6+ years in Lancaster, the PARD built numerous parks and recreation facilities valued at over $20 million and included a $9.7 million, 60,000 sq. ft. recreation center with and indoor waterpark on a 270 acre community park. Susan negotiated with the Texas Rangers and the Royce Clayton Foundation to build the first municipal Texas Rangers Youth Baseball Field in Lancaster and wrote six grants totaling over $5.2 million.

Susan served on the APRS Board for two 3-year terms. She is a Past-President of TRAPS and has received the TRAPS Young Professional, Fellow, President’s Awards in 1988, 2012 & 2015 and Honorary Life Membership in 2009. She also received the NRPA Southwest Region Young Professional and Fellow Awards. She is a Founding Charter Member of the Texas Parks and Recreation Foundation from 1979 to present and as Secretary, Vice-President and President. She continues to serve on the TPR Foundation Board as Scholarship Chair and Fund-raising Co-chair to create an additional Endowed Memorial Scholarship Grant for former Board member Al Johnson.

Susan is also a Founding Member of the Texas Senior Games Board for 16 years and the Co-Founder of the North Texas Recreation Association in 1970. She was recognized as the “Distinguished Recreation Alumni at Southern Illinois University.

After Lancaster, Susan was the Grant Writer for Dallas Parks and Recreation Department’s 49 recreation centers and then retired from Dallas in 2007. During her first year of retirement, she was appointed to the Arlington, TX Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the River Legacy Parks Foundation Board. She served a total 16 years on the Arlington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. In 2009, Susan chaired the City of Arlington Park Bond Campaign Committee, which was successful in passing a $15.5 million park bond package. In 2017, she chaired another Arlington Park Bond Committee which was also successful in passing a $45 million bond package to build an Active Adult Senior Recreation Center by 69% of the voters!

In May, 2010, Susan returned to part-time work (29 hours/week) as a Recreation Programmer and Special Events Planner for the Summit with the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Dept. Grand Prairie won the National Gold Medal Award in 2008 and has been a Finalist in 2016 and 2017. The Summit – built exclusively for active adults 50 years and up. She created a Red Hat Chapter with over 75 active members and has taken groups on trips to New York City, New Orleans, Las Vegas and to Tuscany, Italy this Fall. Susan is still very active in TRAPS and chaired the 75th Anniversary Celebration Activities in 2012. Susan is also an alumni advisor for the Kappa Eta Chapter of Sigma Kappa National Sorority at Texas Christian University and Past President of the Arlington/Ft. Worth Sigma Kappa Alumni Chapter. [updated July 2017]