BOUNTIFUL - There’s a new Bountiful City Parks Director in town.
Brock Hill has assumed the role that was held by Jerry Wilson for several decades.
Hill is no stranger to the world of parks.
He most recently worked five years as superintendent of parks for Layton. In that role, he oversaw 13 parks, maintenance of 12 miles of trails, plus maintenance of three I-15 interchanges.
While much of his work will be the same, Bountiful has unique aspects he wasn’t involved with previously.
“The golf course side of things is appealing,” Hill said. Bountiful Ridge Golf Course falls under the responsibility of the parks department.
Years ago while working at an architectural design firm, he helped design golf courses. Personally, he’s also a golfer.
The Bountiful City Cemetery also falls into his realm, as does building maintenance for the city’s various physical facilities.
Installing and maintaining the flower beds, whether they be on Main Street or at the 5-Points Roundabout, is a very visual part of what the department does.
Hill will also be very involved in such events as the Chalk Art Festival, Bountiful Rotary Club’s Car Show, Handcart Days and Summerfest.
A new one this year is a bike criterion race in May that will see several blocks of Main Street closed off for elite racing.
The department works closely with the South Davis Recreation District on many programs. Of particular concern is assuring that the many tennis players have access to facilities, along with soccer teams. Pickleball also is growing in popularity, Hill said.
“Probably the biggest challenge for me is the lack of time” to get it all done, he said. “My concern is building on what Jerry established, taking the parks to the next level, and continuing the high quality standard of the golf course.”
Good customer service is also vital, he said.
The new pavilion at 4th North Park is coming into service, even as bids are due to be let within weeks for the new playground. A second phase next year will see construction of a climbing wall as well as other play equipment popular with kids.
In addition, planning will continue for use of the new Mill Street park recently acquired by the city. That space covers about eight acres.
A native of Brigham City, Hill grew up in a small town near Malad, Idaho, close to the Utah border. He completed a landscape architecture degree from Utah State University.
He and his wife, the former Vicki Thorn, a Syracuse native, make their home in Syracuse. They are the parents of four children.
In his spare time, Hill enjoys golfing, camping and other family activities such as fishing, bike riding, and in general, the out-of-doors.
“It’s a good opportunity for me. I’m excited,” he said. “We have great people here, a supportive administration, new mayor and council who are looking to progress and are very supportive,” he said.
Jerry Wilson also stops by a few times a week, and Hill considers him “a great resource.”