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Park and Recreation Professional Dan Stencil
Retires After 43 Years of Service

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" It's been a passion-filled career
- providing parks, special events,
recreation programs and services to
visitors of all ages, abilities, diversity and economic backgrounds, "
Stencil says.
Stencil started at OCPR in 1977
as an assistant park supervisor at
Independence Oaks County Park.
In 1981, he was promoted to general maintenance mechanic at
Springfield Oaks County Park, and
in 1982, was promoted to recreation program supervisor. Stencil
was promoted to chief of parks in
1987 and to administrator of parks
and recreation operations in 1999.
He began his tenure as executive
officer in 2006. Over a 15-year period in this role, Stencil oversaw the
operation of 14 parks and 7,000
acres, managed an annual budget
of $28 million and supervised 75
full-time and 600 seasonal staff.

A History of
Accomplishments
Among OCPR's recent accomplishments, under Stencil's leadership, was the opening of Holly
Oaks Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV)
Park in the fall of 2020. The
106-acre facility in Holly Township and Groveland Township is
operated by the park system and
owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
" Recreation officials have been
	

planning that ORV park for the last
25 years. It was on my bucket list to
see it open before I retired, " Stencil
says. " The way people recreate has
changed significantly since I started my career. People want rich outdoor experiences, and they enjoy
sharing their nostalgic experiences with family. At the ORV Park,
campgrounds and golf courses,
we have three generations enjoying their leisure time together. I'm
thrilled by the recent push to get
outdoors and spend time in nature,
hiking, fishing and more. "
Reflecting on his career, Stencil
names some highlights of his time
with the park system. These include the acquisition of additional
parkland for the county's residents,
including Catalpa Oaks County
Park in Southfield, Red Oaks Dog
Park in Madison Heights, and Independence Oaks-North County
Park in Independence Township.
Enhancing accessibility was high
on his list of achievements, including construction of Paradise Peninsula, a universally accessible playground at Waterford Oaks County
Park in Waterford; accessible yurts
and cabins at two campgrounds;
trail access and parking lots; and
increased programming and special events for individuals with
physical and cognitive disabilities.
Another proud accomplishment was the approval of the

PHOTO COURTESY OF OAKLAND COUNTY PARKS
AND RECREATION

uring his long tenure at Oakland County (Michigan) Parks
and Recreation (OCPR), Executive Officer Dan Stencil has
created recreation experiences for millions of residents. Now,
after more than 43 years, he is hanging up his proverbial hiking
boots to create leisure time for him and his family.

Throughout his career, Dan Stencil
has been involved with the park
and recreation profession at the
local, state and national level.

2010 and 2020 parks millages by
more than 76 percent, a testament
that Oakland County residents
value the Oakland County Parks,
Stencil says.

Commitment Extended
Beyond OCPR
Stencil also has been involved with
the park and recreation profession
at the local, state and national
level. His professional involvement includes years of service to
mParks, the Michigan Recreation
and Park Association, including
the role of mParks president. In
2015, he received the mParks Fellowship Award, the organization's
highest honor.
In 2019, he was selected for the
American Academy for Park and
Recreation Administration and
was in the inaugural class for Certified Park and Recreation Executives (CPREs) through NRPA.
He also has served on the Michigan Association of County Parks
and Recreation Officials, the Clarkston Area Optimist Club and the
National Ski Patrol.

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