Special to The Gardner News
The city of Edgerton has hired a full-time Parks and Recreation Coordinator. Tegan Meadors began his duties on The staff position was created by the city in response to a citizen’s survey the city conducted. According to the survey, many residents feel that Edgerton needed more activities.
Meadors is 23 years old, single, and a resident of Lenexa. He is a 2008 graduate of Olathe South High School. He graduated from Emporia State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in recreation.
He played baseball and football at Olathe South, and one year of football at Highland Community College.
Despite his young age, Meadors brings a vast array of experience and knowledge with him to this position in Edgerton. He worked several summers for Blue Valley Recreation focusing on ballpark maintenance. He also interned for the city of Lee’s Summit in the Parks and Rec. Department for three months in 2012. In his senior year at Emporia State, he was the Intramural Sports Supervisor at ESU, planning, organizing, and running events and tournaments, and training staff members.
Meadors worked as a paraprofessional in the Shawnee Mission School District in the special education department. He also has worked for the city of Overland Park working at a soccer complex.
In the summer of 2013, he worked in Estes Park, Colo. , for the “YMCA of the Rockies” at an outdoor youth camp. In the fall of 2013, he worked for the Boys and Girls Cub of KC working with inner-city youth. He worked to provide programs and activities to help keep the young people off the street.
In Edgerton, Meadors will be in charge of the city’s parks, including inspecting playground equipment for safety, as he is a certified playground safety inspector.
He will also plan and organize programs and activities for Edgerton residents. He will partner with the Edgerton Frontier Days Association helping with the annual Frontier Days celebration and city parties that are held each year, and also assist the Edgerton Historical Society.
He would like to organize youth and senior citizen activities in Edgerton, and plans on studying past citizen surveys to learn what citizens would like to see happen in Edgerton in the way of event and activity programming.
Beth Linn, Edgerton City Administrator, remarked, “we are excited about Tegan’s experience and are pleased to have such a dedicated person on staff to oversee all things park and rec”.
Meadors said he is looking forward to his duties and to meeting the citizens of Edgerton and learning all about the community.
“Parks and rec programs are very important and bring people of the community together to help meet their physical and mental needs,” Meadors said.
He added he sees great potential in Edgerton for special events and programs for the citizens.
If anyone has questions, comments, or suggestions for Meadors, he can be contacted at Edgerton City Hall at (913)893-6231.