|Pofahl returns as parks and rec director|
By Jan Rahn
History is repeating itself for newly hired Grant City Parks and Recreation Director Connie Pofahl, who is returning to a position she held 20 years ago.
Replacing longtime director Cathy Willhite, Pofahl began her duties on April 15 and is looking forward to the busy schedule that awaits.
“I am very excited for summer activities to begin,” said Pofahl. She feels confident about being in charge of the pool and the sports programs offered to area youth and adults.
She will also arrange for movies in the park, and coordinate the adult coed softball and youth winter basketball programs.
“I love sports and being involved with the youth,” she said.
As an employee of Perkins County Schools, Pofahl’s position at the high school’s special education department and her job of taking charge of concessions for activities allows her to continue at the school in addition to having the opportunity for a summer job working with children.
“The job is perfect with my school schedule,” said Pofahl.
She has chosen to give up a 26-year coaching career. Pofahl began coaching volleyball and basketball at the high school level in Ewing. When the family moved to Grant in 1987 there were no positions open until a few years later when she began coaching junior high with track and basketball. Most recently, she has coached junior high volleyball and basketball.
“It has been a very fulfilling career of coaching. I will miss it, but I will still be around the kids,” she said.
“My favorite part of being rec director is watching the kids have fun and enjoy the activities that the city has to offer them,” she said. “It keeps them busy, and the kids not only benefit from the program, but the community does also.”
Pofahl gave up being director the first time around when she and her husband Tim bought The Locker Room in downtown Grant. Although the store is still open, she is not on site as much. The business has slowed down and she deals mostly with bulk orders, something she can work on in the evenings.
Pofahl has also worked at the Grant Golf Course, another position that puts her outdoors in a youth/adult sports setting.
In preparation for a busy summer, Pofahl has already attended a pool operator clinic to become certified. The staff for the pool and the ballpark grounds keeper have been hired. It will take nine youth to work at the pool and 10 coaches for the city’s ball program in addition to umpires and concession personnel—all of whom she will oversee.
The pool is scheduled to open on Memorial Day—Monday, May 25.
“We are expecting a big crowd that first day,” she said.
Pofahl said the big difference in being parks and rec director now compared to before is there is more management involved. She used to spend five or six days at the pool, plus working at the ball fields whenever there was a game. Hiring others to operate the pool and care for the fields allows her to oversee the entire City of Grant recreation program, which has expanded considerably over the years.
“We hope to offer a safe and fun summer of activities for the youth of our community,” said Pofahl.