The Plainfield Park District recently announced the hiring of Ken McEwen as the new Director of Parks.
Ken comes to Plainfield after serving as the parks maintenance manager at Bolingbrook Park District for the past 8+ years. At Bolingbrook, he was responsible for planning all daily activities for full-time and part-time employees covering maintenance for playgrounds and athletic fields for 50 park sites, which included 43 playgrounds, 26 ballfields, 22 soccer fields and seven football fields.
Prior to Bolingbrook, Ken was the assistant superintendent of parks at West Chicago Park District (2008-2014) where he planned, organized, researched, implemented and followed up on all projects ranging from playground construction to tree removal. He also oversaw maintenance for the aquatic center, while also creating schedules for maintenance of 13 park sites and snow removal for the entire district.
Ken began his career in the parks and recreation field as an intern at Bensenville Park District before becoming the athletic supervisor at West Chicago Park District (2005-2008). He was responsible for all youth and adult athletic programming at West Chicago, including planning, scheduling and administering the various programs.
Ken is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism administration. He resides in Yorkville with his wife and four children.