Nikki McEachern, Community Relations Coordinator, Bloomington Parks and Recreation
• Tell us about your job, your responsibilities and what you enjoy about working there.
At Bloomington Parks and Recreation, we strive to provide the highest quality parks, recreation services and greenspace to enhance the quality of life for our community. I am the Community Relations Coordinator where my primary duties are volunteer coordination and sponsorship acquisition. It is my pleasure to support the department by securing such critical resources. I recruit and coordinate over 1,000 volunteers who serve over 10,000 hours each year. I solicit and acquire major financial support for Parks and Recreation facilities, programs, and events. In addition, I support the Community Relations team to spread the word about our services and programs. One of the best parts about my job is that I get to work with everyone in the Parks and Recreation Department, whether that is supporting our Natural Resources staff for a Griffy Lake Nature Preserve work day, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, or our Sports Division as they prepare for Bloomington Youth Basketball.
• How long have you lived in Bloomington and what brought you here?
I came to Bloomington in 2012 to pursue a Masters in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. I never anticipated that I would stay in Bloomington, but was lucky enough to land a full time job here in my second year of study.
• What is one word you would use to describe Bloomington?
Buzzing—there is always something going on—If you are bored in this town, it is your own fault!
• What is your favorite Bloomington tradition?
I love biking the B-line trail to go to the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.
• Where can you be found on the weekends and spare time?
Digging in my garden, shopping at the Farmers’ Market, picnicking at a concert in the park, or going to a group exercise class at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center!
• Your contact info
Phone: (812) 349-3739