After 35 years in the field of public recreation, almost all of it serving the City of Mountlake Terrace, Recreation and Parks Director Don Sarcletti is retiring from his post on May 31.
Sarcletti’s history with The City of Mountlake Terrace goes back to the September 1978 when the city hired him as Athletics Supervisor. In 1989, he became Recreation Manager, was promoted to Assistant Director in 1995, and moved up to Recreation and Parks Director in 2000.
“Don is one of the finest department directors I have known,” said City Manager John Caulfield. “I thank him for his decades of leadership and commitment to the Mountlake Terrace community. Don’s passion and vision has resulted in a recreation and park system that contributes greatly to our community’s quality of life. He will be missed.”
During Sarcletti’s term as Recreation and Parks Director, he served as Project Manager for Recreation Pavilion renovations in 1995 and 2003, developed locally and nationally recognized aquatic and recreation programs, and completed the 2009 Recreation, Parks and Open Space Master Plan and the Arts and Cultural Strategic Plan. He also brought in grants and donations from major business partners such as Premera Blue Cross, Verdant and Homestreet Bank to provide a variety of citywide special events and scholarship programs for youth.
“One factor that made my decision to retire a bit easier was the fact that there are many highly professional, competent and capable individuals within this organization to keep programs, services and projects moving forward,” said Sarcletti. “I am proud to be associated with such a fine team of individuals who deliver excellent public services and programs day in a day out.”
“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the City Council, Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission and Arts Advisory Commission for their vision and efforts in making this community a great place to live work and play,” Sarcletti said. “I have seen many positive changes occur in the community over the years and I am sure there will be more to come.”
Sarcletti received a BA in Recreation Administration from San Diego State University, an MS in Recreation from San Francisco State University and earned a Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification from the Washington Recreation and Parks Association.