Written by Karyn Powers
Marcus Aumann joined the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry (PRF) Department in May 2020 as the Assistant Director of Community Services (ADCS). Social distancing has kept him from meeting people in the community in traditional ways, so we’re bringing him to YOU!
Marcus comes to the PRF Department with over 7 years of experience as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Onalaska and a Parks & Programs Manager for Clark County. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from UW–La Crosse and before that was a student at UW–Marathon County (now UW–Stevens Point at Wausau). It was while attending our local university and living in Wausau that he says he discovered he could take his passion for recreation and make it a lifelong career.
When the PRF Department works with local businesses such as the Wausau RiverWolves or the Wisconsin Woodchucks, we assist in stimulating local economies and tourism, as well as providing recreational entertainment and enjoyment to our residents. For example, since 2014, our public-private partnership with the Wisconsin Woodchucks has yielded more than $9 million in facility improvements to Athletic Park and also added a public playground for residents of the neighborhood near the ballpark to enjoy.
One of the key responsibilities for the ADCS is to be the gatekeeper for most of the department’s public-private partnerships, including IRONBULL Adventure Racing and Badger State Winter/Summer Games. The ADCS also works with local sports and cultural groups to host annual events such as the Mountain Bay soccer tournament and the Wausau Hmong Festival, as well as coordinating private rentals for weddings and celebrations, public religious gatherings, and community enrichment events such as concerts and fundraisers for The Grand Theater.
In addition, the ADCS is tasked with growing new relationships that serve the community through combined resources and shared purpose. Grant writing, exploring cost-recovery, and generating new revenue streams fall under the duties of the ADCS. “The ADCS’s tasks directly relate to Goal 4 and Goal 6 of our 2020–2024 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. It is with this position that we can enhance our programs and services, promote our facilities, and work toward sustainability as we move our department and county forward,” states Jamie Polley, PRF Department Director.
If you have questions or ideas for Marcus in his new role as ADCS, please contact him at: Marcus.Aumann@co.marathon.wi.us.
Recreation Superintendent | Wausau / Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department
Karyn Powers joined the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department in 1991. Prior to settling in Marathon County, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Services for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and the U.S. Army in South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Park and Recreation Administration and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to being the city/county Recreation Superintendent, she is a published poet and author. Karyn fell in love with Marathon County as a college senior when she interned here in 1979, then traveled halfway around the world to get back here as soon as was possible. Email Karyn Powers.
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