HARRISBURG, N.C. (WBTV) - The Town of Harrisburg has announced the recent hiring of Mr. Jim Spina to the position of Parks and Recreation Director, effective Monday, March 15, 2021. Jim brings 30+ years of experience as Director of Recreation, with 31 years in the municipal setting.
In his role with the Town, Jim will manage a growing department with a robust parks and recreation program. He will manage parks projects, administration, operations and planning of Town parks and recreation programs. Jim will be responsible for a large youth and adult athletic program, large scale special events, programming and facility maintenance. Jim’s work with the Town will also include developing long-range plans and special projects for recreation programs and facilities according to anticipated growth, current needs and future interests with input from local officials and the general public.
Prior to joining the Town, Jim served nine years as the Recreation Director in Waterloo, New York and 22 years as Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for Seneca Falls, New York. In these roles, Jim played an instrumental part in the growth of each community’s recreation programs, including the construction of a new community center for both municipalities.
Because of his contributions to Mynderse Athletics, and in association with his role as Commissioner of Seneca Falls Parks and Recreation, Jim earned an induction to the Mynderse Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Jim attended SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport as a Secondary Education major but gravitated towards Parks and Recreation after some success in the field during summer employment.
From Waterloo, New York, Jim has lived his entire life in the communities of Waterloo and Seneca Falls, both of which are situated in the beautiful Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York. Jim and his wife, Deb, have two daughters, Kristy and Steph, who both reside in the Greater Charlotte area. Jim loves dogs, golfing and college football.