We are pleased to announce the promotion of Adrien Pekurney to Director of Parks & Recreation. Adrien, who has been with the City of NRH for nearly 22 years, will lead and direct the management and operation of all of our parks, trails and recreation amenities and facilities including the NRH Centre, Grand Hall, Senior Center, Richland Tennis Center, Iron Horse Golf Course and NRH2O Family Water Park.
For Adrien, parks and recreation has been a lifelong passion that started when she was a young lifeguard, swim instructor and summer camp counselor. “I can’t remember a time in my life that was not impacted by parks and recreation,” she said.
“To work with such an incredible Mayor, City Council, Park Board, City Management, and Department team that are committed to a community’s health and the lifelong wellness and learning pursuits that parks and recreation provides on a daily basis, is a true blessing. Parks and recreation will always be an incredibly valuable resource in every community and I'm so grateful to work with an exceptional team that contributes to the daily benefits of those resources in North Richland Hills. Parks and Recreation services are never done; we keep asking what’s next."
Adrien joined NRH Parks & Recreation in 1999 at the city’s original recreation center located at Rufe Snow and Loop 820 and was promoted to Recreation Center Manager a year later. She was integral in opening the NRH Centre in 2012 and developing it into one of the premier recreation facilities in the region. She served as NRH Centre Manager until 2017 when she was promoted to Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation. In her time with NRH, Adrien has also been at the forefront of planning and running the city’s special events including Night of Holiday Magic, Easter in the Park, Hoot N Howl, the Sounds of Spring Concert Series, the Mayor’s Bike Rides and numerous 5k runs. Her commitment to the community and serving others is a hallmark of her tenure with the city and she looks forward to continuing the NRH Parks & Recreation Department's legacy of excellence.
Adrien received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services from Texas Tech University and her Master of Physical Education in Sports and Leisure Management from Southwest Texas State University. She and her husband, Kyle, and two sons are longtime residents of NRH and Northeast Tarrant County.