City of Dunwoody names Rachel Waldron as new Parks and Recreation Director

Waldron will lead the department that she helped grow for the past nine years.

Dunwoody, GA – January 10, 2024 – Rachel Waldron has been named the new Parks and Recreation Director of the City of Dunwoody. She began working for the City nine years ago through Lowe Engineers and stepped into the interim role in December when former director Brent Walker announced plans to take a similar job in Sandy Springs.

“It’s been a pleasure to help grow parks and recreation in Dunwoody over the years, and I’m excited to take the lead moving forward,” said Waldron. “We have a dedicated team, and together we haven’t skipped a beat. I’m honored to serve Dunwoody in this new role.”

Since joining Dunwoody in December 2014, Waldron has worked to create new programs and volunteer opportunities, like the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. She also started popular events, including the Groovin’ on the Green concert series and Kids to Parks Day. In addition, Waldron has been the driving force behind the department’s marketing efforts, public art opportunities, and increasing social media presence. 

“We cast a wide net for this position and interviewed several strong outside candidates, but we were thrilled to have an internal candidate with great ideas, strong leadership skills and an established commitment to the Dunwoody community,” said Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton. “I have every confidence in Rachel and look forward to a seamless transition.”

Waldron is an active member of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) and was awarded the District 6 Distinguished Professional in 2023. She was also part of the team that earned the honor of District 6 Agency of the Year by GRPA in 2021, 2022 and 2023. In 2020, the National Recreation and Parks Association named Waldron “Parks and Recreation Month Hero.”