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Encinitas’ parks director brings years of regional experience

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Encinitas Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Director Dave Knopp began his duties on April 29. (Encinitas city photo)

The city of Encinitas recently brought aboard a new parks, recreation and arts director with experience in such management at the San Diego County level.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Director Dave Knopp began his duties on April 29, according to a city announcement.

“Dave brings a wealth of expertise in parks, recreation, and administration, coupled with a proven track record of fostering a strong sense of community,” City Manager Pam Antil said in a news release. “I am confident Dave’s leadership and expertise will serve the Encinitas community well.”

Knopp has nearly 35 years of experience in public service administration, with longtime work in parks and recreation. Before joining Encinitas, Knopp served as the chief of north operations for the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation for nine years.

“He managed over 30,000 acres of open space and trails to protect endangered habitat and connect the public to the natural environment through recreation and educational opportunities,” the city’s news release noted. “He led a management team that supervised over a hundred recreation staff, park rangers, and park maintenance workers operating community centers, open space preserves, campgrounds, and regional parks.”

His experience also includes work with other cities in the region. As community services manager for Coronado, Knopp was involved in the opening of that city’s first community center. He also held similar positions in the cities of El Cajon and Poway.

“I am deeply honored to contribute to Encinitas’s continued success by providing top-notch facilities, recreational opportunities, and enriching cultural art experiences,” Knopp said in the city’s news release. “Together, we will further enhance the health and vitality of our community.”

Knopp holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation and business systems from San Diego State University and a master’s in recreation and tourism management from California State University East Bay. He is also a certified park and recreation professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association as well as a certified golf manager from the United States Golf Teachers Federation.