City of Tampa names new Parks & Recreation Director

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Paul Dial has been named the as the next Parks & Recreation director for the City of Tampa. Dial will fill the vacancy left by exiting Parks Director Greg Bayor who’s retiring. Dial most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer for Frederick County Maryland.

Paul Dial was born and raised in West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University. He has over 36 years of experience in the Parks and Recreation field. In past employment he served as Director of Parks and Recreation for Princeton WV, Ocean Pines Maryland and lastly for 19 years for Frederick County, Maryland. Since June 2016 he has served as Chief Administrative Officer for Frederick County, Maryland, which has a population of approximately 245,000 residents.

“In a time of growth and activation, Greg Bayor has led Tampa’s Parks & Recreations Department well and I wish him all the best in his retirement,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Since Greg joined us in April of 2012, we have renovated and reopened 10 parks, completed five playground renovations, restored four pools, opened a 147 acre nature park, added two Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation synthetic turf fields, installed 36 new disc golf holes, resurfaced 2.42 acres of sports courts totaling over 342 acres and dozens of new programs and activities for our community.  Which includes  the National Award winning Stay & Play Teen program. He should be proud of his time here.

“Moving forward, Tampa’s Parks & Rec Department is one of the best in the country and we look forward to Paul joining the team.  His decades of experience in many facets of local government will serve as a great addition as Tampa Parks and Recreation looks to be known as one of the best parks systems in the country. He’s joining at a very exciting time as we prepare to add another large event park to our ever growing offerings the City of Tampa provides.”

"I am honored to be selected for the position of Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Tampa” said Paul Dial. “I look forward to being a part of this well respected Parks and Recreation Department and working to make a positive impact. Also, I want to thank Mayor Buckhorn for providing me this opportunity and I look forward to working with the great staff that is already in place.”

 Dial will start Monday, September 11th

City of Tampa names new Parks & Recreation Director

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262