Summer is about to get busy with many activities thanks to new McMinnville Parks and Recreation hire Michael Benusches. He was brought on in March as the new recreation program coordinator.
Benusches is from Knoxville and received his master’s degree in recreation and sports management at the University of Tennessee. There he worked in the athletic department and with fan engagement. After graduating, he moved to Nashville but said, “I always had that itch to do what I want, which is in sports and recreation.”
He jumped at the Warren County position because it’s something more aligned with his degree, and his wife is a McMinnville native. He said, “I married Graylin Brock and we decided McMinnville was the right place to raise a family with it being such a great community as well as her entire family being here.”
He will be the first of his position to start in the new Milner Recreation Center that’s on the brink of opening. He said he’s excited to get classes started there, and all the local government committees will tour the facility once open. “I’m excited about getting people back out,” he said. “I want to make a lasting impact for McMinnville and bring a new flavor.”
Until then, he said that event planning has slowed because they’re focusing on getting the new facility ready, but there are plenty of things coming up. Gilley Pool will be having a Splash Bash celebrating its opening on Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 29. This year calls for extra celebration as the city pool will be open to full capacity.
Benusches said, “I’m also excited for the pickleball tournaments,” which start in June as well as the Fourth of July celebration and the return of the Dr Pepper fireworks show. As for new ideas, he said he’s been thinking about a night float from Pepper Branch Park to Rocket Park where a group can kayak under the stars. No plan is set in stone as of now, but that was something he said he would like to see.
Benusches has already made strides with Parks and Rec and is excited to continue forward saying, “I want to let people know this is what we offer.”For more information on upcoming events, call McMinnville Parks and Rec at (931) 473-1212.