Member Biography

Seve Ghose

Seve began his career in parks and recreation over 35 years ago while paying his way through college in Iowa. Since then he has worked in various capacities in four different systems—municipality, county, parks district, and the private sector, in five States—Iowa, Illinois, Oregon, Kentucky, and Colorado. Over the years he has given back to the profession by serving on several Boards and Commissions, locally and nationally. He has served on the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) Board for six years including one year as Chair in 2018. He continues as a Reviewer and Visitor. He has served on the CPRE Exam Committee since 2011 and was recently part of the five-person team that wrote the chapter headings for the fifth edition of the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies book that should be out later in 2021. His career encompasses a vast array of experiences including facility management, project management, planning, strategic and master planning, golf course management, marketing and promotions, recreation programming, parks maintenance, and cost saving innovations. He has dabbled in the world of helping other agencies through his personal venture,

Seve has taught at the NRPA Parks and Recreation Maintenance Management School in Oglebay for two years in 2016 and 2017 with sessions on Leadership, Innovation, and Use of Technology. He has presented at Mayors League of Cities Conferences on topics like Urban Tree Canopy and the Heritage Tree Program, and at State parks and recreation conferences on topics dear to him—Bold Leadership, Innovation, Succession Planning, Understanding Finances, and Story Telling. Having had the privilege of working with Olmsted Parks in Louisville, Kentucky, he studied and became well-versed in the great value his designs presented over 140 years ago and still does to this day. He was selected to present on Historical Preservation of Olmsted Parks at the 2018 NRPA Conference in Indianapolis, and repeated the same presentation for the Indiana Historical Preservation State Conference, also in 2018. At NRPA he has presented on the value of accreditation since 2012, and continues to work with NRPA whenever the opportunity arises. At The NRPA Congress in 2013, Houston, Seve was honored with the National Distinguished Professional Award for his years of advocacy, innovation, creative programming, community engagement, research, and leadership. In his spare time he continues to mentor professionals through Young Professionals Network of NRPA and CPRA (Colorado).

Seve is currently the Community Services Director with the City of Fort Collins, Colorado overseeing a large service area with an Annual Budget of approximately $55m. The Service Area encompasses Parks, Recreation, Natural Areas, Cultural Services, and Park Planning and Development. These five departments along with the Finance Manager keep this Service Area humming as an essential service to the community in Fort Collins. Fort Collins is widely recognized as a great place to live, work, play, and retire and its awards from various outlets affirm that belief. The Service Area is nationally accredited and a prior Gold Medal Winner, and twice Finalist.

Seve and his family continue to travel annually, having visited 117 national parks and monuments in 36 States. In his spare time Seve indulges in gardening, photography, and of course travel.