John Ohrlund, the former superintendent of parks and facilities for the Skokie Park District, took the helm today as the award-winning district’s new executive director. He assumes the position directing the comprehensive management, planning and operation of the district upon the retirement of former director Mark Schneiderman.
John brings with him the experience and sensitivity to serve the needs of the district’s residents, as well as the highest degree of professionalism,” said Board of Commissioners President Mike Reid. “We are very fortunate to have him here in Skokie, and the Board looks forward to working with him for many years to come.”
Ohrlund has worked as the district’s superintendent of parks and facilities since 2004, after serving as its superintendent of parks from 1989 to 2004. He was an integral part of administrating the district during its National Gold Medal Award years.
Ohrlund received his master’s degree in management from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND in 1998 and received a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. He is recognized as a certified park and recreation professional (CPRP) by the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA), and is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). In addition, Ohrlund has attended the NRPA Revenue Development and Management School, Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School and the IPRA Professional Development School.
He is a member of the IPRA, having served on its Board of Directors and was director of its Parks & Natural Resource Management Section, receiving its Park Professional of the Year award in 1999. He also served on the association’s Distinguished Park & Recreation Accreditation Committee.
Ohrlund is married and has two children. In addition to enjoying the many offerings of the Skokie Park District he is an avid tennis player and lover of the Blues.