New Parks Director

Recreation Services Manager brings lifelong passion for Saint Paul parks to top job.

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has appointed longtime city employee Andy Rodriguez to lead Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.

Andy is a lifelong resident who has worked in the city’s rec centers since 2005. In 2019, he became the recreation services manager, overseeing all 26 city rec centers. The shutdown in 2020 saw him lead his team to extraordinary service – from providing tens of thousands of hot meals for youth as other programs closed, going into park encampments to assist with the unsheltered population, and continually devising new ways to take programs virtual until rec centers could reopen.

“Andy found new depths to his leadership skills as our city’s recreation services manager,” says Conservancy executive director Michael-jon Pease, who served on the community advisory panel for the hiring of the position. “You experience Andy’s genuine warmth and authentic openness right away. Working with him over the last eighteen months, however, has also shown me his ability to create effective public-private partnerships, navigate the complications of enhancing our park assets and his true passion for serving this community.”

During his career with Parks and Recreation, Andy has served as a recreation program supervisor overseeing nine rec facilities, and a volunteer coordinator for more than 2,000 annual parks volunteers.

Andy is a proud graduate of Saint Paul Central High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Metro Urban Studies from Augsburg University. Rodriguez participated in the city’s “Emerging Leaders” program in 2015.

His first day is June 4 and the public can get to know him more during the Party for the Parks on June 22, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. at Phalen Picnic Pavilion over great food and music at the lake.