Ex-coach steps up responsibility
Kevin Gardner has worked as Lansing Parks and Recreation's baseball commissioner for 11 years, organizing and dividing up teams, setting up coaches and overseeing the program in general. Gardner's first involvement with Parks and Recreation, years before his stint as a commissioner, was as a coach.
"I liked seeing how much a kid progressed from the beginning of the season to the end of the season," Gardner said about coaching. "Each team had a different flavor or something about them that made them memorable to me."
When he was asked to be baseball commissioner, Gardner said he thought he would return to the Parks and Rec program because he remembered his son Gregg getting a lot out of it.
Gardner also said that he had seen the Parks and Rec program grow in the past decade.
"With their vision and views on the Rec program, (Lansing City Administrator) Mike Smith and (Lansing Parks and Recreation Director) Jason Crum have helped the program become more people-oriented," Gardner said.
Gardner said that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which makes requests and proposals to the city for improvement of the program, among others duties, has been another huge help in the growth and success of the program.
Name: Kevin Gardner
Address: 1012 N. Fourth St.
Occupation: Operator with GNB Independent Power, Kansas City, Kan.
Graduate of: Benedictine College and Pittsburg State University
Family: Wife, Terri, and three children, Tonya, Gregg and Guy
How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? We moved here 25 years ago from Leavenworth because I wanted my children to be in the Lansing school system.
What do you like most about Lansing? The people and the leadership. Most people are easy to work with, and the leadership of the mayor and the City Council as well as the city employees and committees has kept Lansing on a steady, but always progressing, growth.
What do you do to relax? To relax I exercise with weights and play basketball and softball.
What would surprise people about you? I don't think I have any surprises.
What's the best advice you ever received? Everyone is equal and should be treated as such until they choose to be treated differently.
What organizations or clubs do you belong to? I am a part of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Lansing Tree Board, and the Stakeholder's Committee.