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Mayor Harrell Names AP Diaz Next Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent

Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced his appointment of Anthony-Paul (AP) Diaz as interim Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Diaz will lead the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and advance Mayor Harrell’s agenda for clean, safe, accessible parks. Diaz currently serves as the Executive Officer and Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

“Seattle’s parks, playfields, and community centers are essential to build healthy communities – they are places of growth, learning, play, and opportunity for everyone in our city,” said Mayor Harrell. “AP understands what our parks system represents – how parks create opportunities, advance equity, provide safe spaces, and support youth through mentorship. With a track record of working collaboratively and innovatively with community and a commitment to preserving open spaces, I believe AP Diaz will bring the values, leadership, and experience needed to ensure our world class parks system reflects our city and vision for One Seattle.”

“I am excited to join the team at Seattle Parks and Recreation because I share Mayor Harrell’s vision for our park system – recognizing how integral they are for healthy, thriving communities,” said AP Diaz. “As Superintendent, I will treat Seattle’s parks and community centers as essential infrastructure that drive opportunities for recreation, mentorship and education, equity, and climate action. I am a data-driven, performance management focused leader who will push Seattle Parks and Recreation to be transparent and accountable, while collaborating with Seattle’s diverse communities to never lose focus on our shared priorities that Parks make life better!”

Diaz currently serves as the Executive Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) and an Assistant General Manager overseeing all day to day operations of the Department, including financial services, capital projects, special operations, recreation, maintenance, HR and risk reductions matters, governance and leadership matters while assisting the General Manager in all governance, legal, support and policy matters related to City’s Park’s Commission, the City Council, the City Attorney’s Offices and the Mayor’s Offices and the LA Park Foundation.

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AP Diaz, Mayor Harrell, and Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation