Blasko Hired As Mishawaka Parks Superintendent

Mayor Dave Wood has announced the hiring of Phil Blasko as Superintendent of Mishawaka Parks. Blasko was hired to fill the opening created when previous Superintendent Terry Zeller left for a position in Chico, California.

Born and raised in Mishawaka, Phil Blasko comes back to the Princess City after a career as Recreation Superintendent for the City of Valparaiso. Blasko graduated from Mishawaka High School and attended Defiance College receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management. He previously served as Sports Director for the Sandusky County YMCA and as Basketball Coach for Fremont Ross High School.

In his experience as a Recreation Superintendent, Blasko saw the growth of youth sports by over 1,200 participants in four years, growth of summer camp by over 600 participants in four years, created partnerships with Valparaiso University, Purdue North Central, Valparaiso YMCA, Valparaiso Boys and Girls Club and saw a recreation division net profit increase of over 100 percent in the last four years.

“I look forward to developing a Parks Department that will engage our community by creating opportunities to experience quality recreational activities, enrichment and park facilities that will build relationships and promote quality of life," says Blasko. "Community outreach with local non-profits, schools, and community leaders will be a major focus. I believe this will not only open the door to partnerships and recreation outlets, but it will bring our community together and give us the insight we need to reach the next level of excellence. It’s good to be home.”

“Phil Blasko carries vigorous leadership skills that will renew our long tradition of strong customer service and experience design for the people of Mishawaka,” commented Miskawaka Park Board President Reg Wagle. “The people of Mishawaka take pride in our parks and Phil Blasko will carry that pride forward to new levels.” 

“I am proud to have Phil Blasko back serving his hometown," added Mayor Wood. "Phil brings an infectious enthusiasm, passion and outstanding professional experience back to the Princess City. Mishawaka is known for its great park system. I am confident that Phil will make one of the best park systems in the State even better."

The Parks Superintendent works under the supervision and direction of the Park Board and is responsible for the administration, coordination and operation of all City of Mishawaka public parks and recreational facilities including 30 parks, two swimming pools, a golf course and a community center. The Superintendent is also responsible for supervising personnel, overseeing projects, implementing policies established by the Park Board and overseeing a 3.5 million dollar budget.

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