Parks & Recreation
The mission of Maplewood Parks and Recreation is to provide diverse recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, enhance and preserve our parks, facilities, and open spaces while promoting environmental stewardship through education and outreach.
- Continue to implement the Parks System Master Plan while building champions for our system within the community. In addition, we will work closely with the City Council on the possibility of a referendum to help finance this implementation.
- Continue to protect natural resources through restoring and managing natural areas, using sustainable landscaping practices at parks, and providing environmental and nature programs that enhance enjoyment and understanding of
land, waterand wildlife resources.
- Increase sponsorship and partnership opportunities for all MCC and Parks & Recreation related events.
- Continue to offer a minimum of five
community widespecial events per year. These events will serve diverse audiences and may include a Senior Wellness Fair, Early Childhood Education Fair, Women’s Expo, Movies in the Park, Maplewood Rec Run 5K etc.
- Continue to facilitate a successful partnership with Ashland Theatre of Performing Arts and expand our utilization of the performing arts theater to include fifteen MCC events and or concerts.
- Continue to offer comprehensive and diverse recreation programs designed to bring additional wellness, preventative and specialty programs advantageous for all ages, ethnicities, interests and fitness levels to Maplewood and surrounding communities.
- Continue to focus on increasing program participation by partnering with surrounding communities to expand our participation numbers and outreach.
- Continue to offer programming that includes, but is not limited to, youth and adult sports, community special events, music and arts programs, teen, senior and special populations programs and fitness and health and wellness classes.
- Continue to facilitate a successful partnership with the YMCA at the Maplewood Community Center that involves management of aquatic programming and facilitation of daily operations.
DuWayne KonewkoParks & Recreation DirectorPhone: (651) 249-2330
DuWayne (Dewey) Konewko became the Director of Maplewood’s Park & Recreation Department in 2008. Mr. Konewko has also served as the Community Development Director and Deputy Public Works Director since coming to the City of Maplewood in 2002. DuWayne is responsible for the City’s recreation programming, Nature Center, parks and preserves, and the Maplewood Community Center.
DuWayne has a strong commitment, working directly with his staff, to cultivate a rich diverse community experience in each of these program areas. DuWayne also works with area business associations and non-profit organizations. Mr. Konewko has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
The City of Maplewood Parks and Recreation is pleased to provide the flexibility of online registration/reservations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.