Rick Gould, Executive Director


Rick retired in December 2017 after 17 years as the Director of the City of Santa Clarita’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, overseeing over 110 full-time and 400 part-time employees, an operating budget of approximately $22 million, and a growing capital budget for new facility development in Los Angeles County’s third largest city. 

Rick sat on the boards of a number of government and non-profit organizations including the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Council, the United States Lifesaving Association and the Boys and Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. He remains as a representative of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy on a joint powers agency board. 

In March of 2018, California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) honored him with the Award of Excellence for Professional Service. He is now included in the Fellowship/Hall of Fame for CPRS. In April 2018, the United States Lifesaving Association recognized his over 30 years of contributions to the national organization, rip current studies and drowning prevention. 

Rick has over 40 years of Parks and Recreation experience, including Community Services Manager for the City of Pleasanton; Parks and Community Services Commissioner for the City of San Ramon; and, the City of Santa Cruz, responsible for the Ocean Beaches and Aquatics programs. 

Rick is currently consulting on various Parks and Recreation related projects, including the Arroyo Advisory Group with the City of Pasadena and the One Arroyo Foundation as well as aquatics-related programs in various locations in the state. 

Sarah Rothenberg