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Park Planner

Would you like to help plan how a park is used by the people in your community? Would you like to help revitalize your neighborhood? Maybe you have a future as a park planner!

James Kastelic, Senior Park Planner for Cleveland Metroparks, formerly served as Deputy Director of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission prior to joining the Park District in 2002. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts degree in urban geography from Kent State University. He has over 40 years of experience in city planning, land use regulation, public management, environmental resource assessment and site analysis.  He currently is a member and immediate past Chair of the Ohio Coastal Resource Advisory Council, and is a board member of the Cuyahoga Valley Communities Council and the Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project. He formerly served as a Supervisor of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and is currently an advisory board member of Scenic Ohio. Mr. Kastelic is also an Adjunct Professor at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, where he teaches courses in urban and regional planning.

The American Institute of Certified Planners(AICP) is the American Planning Association’s professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. Learn more about this organization at www.planning.org.

For more information about what an urban planner does check out the bls.gov here.

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