“I greatly enjoyed this lecture, as it opened my eyes to various levels of work within the community and what had been achieved through the efforts of the Parks and Recreation Department.”

Brandon Roberts

Creative Writing


“Tim’s presentation was very insightful to what it takes to be a director for Parks and Recreation.  He demonstrated how much effort is actually involved with the job, and what it takes to get there (education, degree, and experience).”

Joey Miller



Leadership through Community Planning and Development in Sport and Recreation

Tim Barker, CPRP

Parks and Recreation Director

City of Lewison

Lewiston, ID

About Tim:

Tim Barker has over 15 years of leadership experience in parks and recreation. Currently the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Lewiston, Tim directs, plans and organizes the operation, maintenance and development of comprehensive departmental divisions including Park Maintenance, Building Maintenance, Golf Course, Cemetery Operations, Recreation Services, Senior Nutrition, Urban Forestry, Aquatic Operations and Administration.  In addition, he frequently communicates with City officials and administrators, public and private organizations, agencies, citizens and contractors regarding parks and recreation facilities to resolve issues and conflicts.


An active member of the local community, Tim currently serves on the Lewis-Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Valley Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors.  Tim has been recognized professionally for his leadership, being named the New Professional of the Year in 2006 by the Oregon Recreation and Park Association.  In 2011, the National Recreation and Park Association named him the Young Professional of the Year.


Tim is a certified Parks & Recreation Professional (CPRP) from the National Recreation and Park Association.   He earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation with a minor in Public Relations from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.