Ketchum Parks and Recreation Director Kirk Mason at the end of this month will celebrate his retirement from city employment after nearly 30 years. A celebration of Mason's service to generations of children will occur at the Atkinson Park Recreation Center on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m.
Mason began volunteering with the Atkinson Park Summer Youth Recreation Program in the mid-1970s and was known mostly for his athletic prowess and coaching skill on the tennis court. He secured the position of recreation supervisor in the early 1980s and took over as parks and recreation director in 2004, overseeing expansion of the department's recreational offerings, including completion of the Guy Coles Skate Park and Lucy Loken Park. He created the Christina Potters Outdoor Ice Rink at Atkinson Park more than 10 years ago.
As Mason looks forward to his own recreational pursuits of surfing, sailing and traveling with his wife, Jan, he will continue his coaching career with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation as an Alpine Development Team coach.