Hopewell Recreation and Parks is excited to announce that Tabitha Martinez has been promoted to the role of Recreation Programs Manager. Tabitha joined the HRP team in 2017 as the Special Events Supervisor, a position that required her to lead all of the department's large citywide events. Tabitha quickly demonstrated proficiency in organizing events that drew thousands of participants and required extremely complex logistics coordination. A typical day on the job might involve wrangling more than 70 parade units in the Cavalier Square parking lot, determining how to spread 10,000 Easter eggs in less than 3 minutes, or walking 20,000 steps in a day distributing PPE. Not only did she tackle the big events, she coordinated the operations of the Wonder City Ice Skating Rink and headed up the department's summer camp programming for children ages 3-13. To make sure Hopewell was offering the best programs around, she worked with the John Randolph Foundation to secure $137,500 of grant funding to support summer camps over the last several years. She also serves at the state level through the Virginia Recreation and Park Society as the Chair-elect of the Central Service Area and as a member of the Awards and Citations Committee. Tabitha maintains a certified parks and recreation professional status through the National Recreation and Park Association and was recently named the Outstanding New Professional by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society at it's annual conference in 2019. In her new role as Recreation Programs Manager, Tabitha will oversee the department's recreation services division. This division includes the programming areas of aquatics, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, athletics, early childhood, fitness/wellness, active adults, special events, and community programs. She is responsible for five full-time employees and more than 20 part-time positions related to programming and operation of the Hopewell Community Center. Please join us in congratulating Tabitha on her new role with the department!