Salisbury hires parks and recreation director

Published 12:05 am Thursday, November 5, 2015

Salisbury announced the hiring of a new parks and recreation director on Wednesday.

The city in an emailed statement said it hired Nick Aceves, the former superintendent of Parks and Recreation in Reidsville. In Reidsville, Aceves oversaw the athletics and teens center, summer camp programs and departmental budget preparations. He also managed capital improvements and various areas departmental planning.

Reidsville is a town in Rockingham County with a population of about 14,000, according to census estimates.

“I am excited about the opportunity that the city of Salisbury has presented me,” Aceves said. “I give thanks for all of the love and support from my family, friends and colleagues as I start this new venture. I look forward to building new relationships with the Salisbury staff and members of the community as together we build and cultivate recreational opportunities.”

In its emailed statement, the city said Aceves has more than 12 years of experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in media studies and master’s degree in leisure service management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In his role as Salisbury’s Parks and Recreation director, Aceves will be paid $75,000 annually.

City Manager Lane Bailey said Aceves is a proven professional who will be an asset to the city’s leadership team.

“He truly impressed our interview panel with his knowledge and passion for community recreation programs,” Bailey said. “We are lucky to have him on the team.”

Bailey also received praise from Reidsville Fire Chief David Bracken, who said Aceves will bring enthusiasm and a positive influence to Salisbury.

Aceves previously held youth services and community recreational positions in Winston-Salem, Durham and Greensboro. His community involvement includes volunteer positions with the Special Olympics of High Point, Be Healthy NC of Rockingham County, the National Parks and Recreation Association and the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.

He also holds a Certified Parks and Recreations Professional designation.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.