Member Biography

Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty, CPRP has over 21 years experience in the field of Recreation and Parks and has been the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fairfax, Virginia since 2006. Recently awarded the National Gold Medal for Excellence in Parks and Recreation, the City of Fairfax is known for its strategic location in Fairfax County, extensive services and arts related activities they offer their citizens and the surrounding area. The department maintains an extensive trail and park system and offers some of the best special events in Northern Virginia attracting people from all over Virginia and the Maryland/Washington National Capital Area.  

Mr. McCarty has served twice as the chairman on the Revenue Management and Development School during his nine years on the Board of Regents at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV.

Prior to the City of Fairfax, Mr. McCarty was the Executive Director of Parks and Recreation in Town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Longmeadow operates as a self-sustaining non-tax subsidized budget with a highly successful childcare and dance studio operation. Longmeadow was named the 2005 and 2006 Outstanding Agency for Maintenance Innovation and Project of the Year, respectively, by the Massachusetts Parks and Recreation Association. The focus was on eliminating cost of waste and maximizing productivity and increasing net revenues.

Mr. McCarty also served as the Assistant Director of Recreation for the Town of South Windsor where he receive the 2003 Outstanding Professional Award from the Connecticut Parks and Recreation Association.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College and has remained a dedicated and energized professional in the field. Some of the highlights of his career have been completing numerous open space purchase; new park developments; implementing successful foundation campaigns; the large scale renovation of one of the largest municipal aquatic facilities in New England, building the only Hasbro Boundless Playground in Massachusetts; achieving unprecedented revenues in South Windsor, Longmeadow and the City of Fairfax; and the development of an at risk youth program called L.E.A.D. still offered at many YMCAs.

As a graduate of the Revenue School, he has implemented successful initiatives such as the conversion of his department to be supported solely on revenue from user fees, sponsorship, advertising, and other alternative revenue sources. He achieved American Camping Association accreditation for South Windsor’s summer camp making it the only active municipality to have an accredited camp in New England. He has been a trainer for the Total Quality Management program and has been a presenter for the State of Connecticut Parks and Recreation Association, Maryland Parks and Recreation Association, Florida Parks and Recreation Association and the New England American Camping Association.

Michael has been a member of the National Student YMCAs; New England American Camping Association Regional Board; the Connecticut Recreation and Park Association State Conference committee for four years and member of the Executive Committee and Legislative Committee Chair from 2002 to 2003; member of VRPS since 2006 serving as chairman of the Northern Service Area, Board member for the Society and past chairman of the Northern Virginia Directors Group. [current as of 10/13]