VIDEO: Mayor nominates Anthony-Paul Diaz from Los Angeles to run Seattle Parks and Recreation

10:12 AM: As previewed last night, Mayor Bruce Harrell has just announced his nominee for Seattle Parks and Recreation superintendent: Anthony-Paul “AP” Diaz, currently executive officer for the parks department in Los Angeles. That’s his second major appointment from L.A., after recently confirmed SDOT director Greg Spotts. The announcement is still under way on the Seattle Channel. Here’s the bio page for Diaz on the L.A. city webpage. According to his bio, Diaz has been with the City of Los Angeles for more than 20 years and served as the L.A. parks department’s general counsel before taking on the executive officer role.

10:30 AM: During the announcement event at Yesler Terrace Park, Diaz said he considers parks to be “essential infrastructure.” He also offered a new phrase “Seattle Shine” that the mayor jovially said he’ll adopt, and said he often likes to say, “Parks make life better.” Councilmember Andrew Lewis, who heads the council committee that oversees parks, said Diaz is someone capable of working with community as well as the council toward parks being a “focal point … the true gems of our community.” Diaz succeeds Christopher Williams, who is now completing his third turn as acting superintendent and spoke briefly during today’s event too.

1:45 PM: Here’s the official news release. It doesn’t mention what the job pays, so we are asking that on followup. …Update: $252,000.

8 Replies to "VIDEO: Mayor nominates Anthony-Paul Diaz from Los Angeles to run Seattle Parks and Recreation"

  • Susan September 29, 2022 (11:36 am)

    Impressive bio.  A good choice for Seattle.

  • Jort September 29, 2022 (11:57 am)

    lol good luck with this department.

  • Weather September 29, 2022 (2:22 pm)

    It says he enjoys swimming. Sure hope we can get upgraded pools (outdoor/indoor). 

  • Anne September 29, 2022 (3:24 pm)

    After reading the article in todays Seattle Times about the almost 50% jump in park levy property tax (from 20-39%) coming next year -he’ll have more money to work with-hope he puts it to good use. 

  • Hopeful September 29, 2022 (4:26 pm)

    It’s very hopeful to have changes in the leadership of Parks and Rec. I wonder if they would now consider returning the gardens to the Dragonfly Gardens and Pavilion. The land and environment, the human and non-human community, the respect and honor to the extraordinary art installation (which the gardens are central to) and the artist Lorna Jordan…. There are many reasons to regenerate the artist’s design which was commissioned by Seattle. The process by which the removal of the gardens took place was disingenuous at best, and neither the artist nor the community consented. Lorna Jordan asked Parks to remove the plaque with her name at the entrance in protest to the removal of the gardens from her commissioned installation. They removed the plaque. During the pandemic, Lorna passed away and her artwork sits desecrated and unacknowledged. I hope the Parks will consider re-planting to her design and replacing the plaque in her honor. 

    • Delridge resident September 29, 2022 (7:22 pm)

      Yeah! Dragonfly Pavilion deserves way more love than Parks & Rec has been giving it. So much promise, squandered because of flimsy reasoning. Even beds of clover would be a vast improvement from the current grass beds. Lorna deserves a better legacy and we deserve a better park! There has to be a better way. Fight for our greenspace!

  • wetone September 29, 2022 (6:10 pm)

    Heck of a party today for new super of parks and rec, Had to be couple hundred + people at party with music. Lost all hope in mayor Harrell with his recent choices to better city. Curious to who paid for today’s party….when p&r claims they need more tax dollars.

    • Brian September 29, 2022 (6:30 pm)

      The party you refer to wasn’t for the new Superintendent; it was an all-staff celebration for SPR. 

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