The following press release has been issued by the MPRB:
New Assistant Superintendent Leads Minneapolis Parks’ Environmental Stewardship Division
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent Jayne Miller welcomes Justin Long as the new leader of the Park Board’s Environment Stewardship Division. Long was hired after a national candidate search and will begin his duties as the new Assistant Superintendent for Environment Stewardship on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
“Preserving, managing, and enhancing our city’s natural lands, waters, and urban forests is a core responsibility of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board,” said Superintendent Miller. “I’m thrilled to have Justin on board to lead such an important part of our organization’s mission. His experience in both the private and public sectors will give him great perspective in many key areas.”
The Park Board’s Environmental Stewardship Division provides expertise for the care and maintenance of the Minneapolis Park system. The division oversees the maintenance of the Minneapolis park system’s physical infrastructure, equipment and fleet, natural areas and water resources, and forestry; volunteer coordination and environmental education. The Environmental Stewardship division also provides support to the Operations and Environment Committee of the Board.
Long comes to the MPRB from the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Atlanta, Georgia, where he was Parks Operation Manager. In that role, Long was responsible for park maintenance for more than 1,800 acres of parkland and tree care for trees in public rights of way and parks. Prior to joining the City of Atlanta in 2010, Long worked in the private sector in Massachusetts for 10 years as a landscape architect managing public and private park construction projects.
Long earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, at Syracuse.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and look forward to providing support and leadership to the Environmental Stewardship Division,” said Long.