Surry County Parks and Recreation Director Daniel White said he’s excited to have a new employee on board.
Bradley Key began working for White’s department on Monday.
Key comes to the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department after working for Mount Airy Parks and Recreation for more than eight years. Key is filling the position that was recently vacated when parks and recreation employee Celina Watson moved to a position with the Surry County Schools.
In addition to Key’s experience with the city department, he said he has worked with a number of entities to organize special events. Key also has a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and is a Surry County native.
According to White, Key’s new title is coordinator of Programs, Volunteerism and Special Events. White said that means Key will be organizing the county’s summer camp, Special Olympics, Senior Games, volunteer work days and special events at Fisher River Park.
White said that Key comes on stage well prepared for his new role. “He has already been in a leadership role with senior games,” explained White. White said that Key was in charge of the annual games on the city parks and recreation side of the operation. White went on to say that the move is a “natural transition” for Key.
Key said one of his goals will be to continue to strengthen the relationship between the county and city departments of parks and recreation, both of which work hand-in-hand to organize events such as Senior Games. “I’m leaving (the city department) and going to a partner,” said Key.
Key said he worked closely with Watson in his role with the Mount Airy department. He added that he plans to do the same with whoever succeeds him in his former role with the city.
While Key is eyeing possible improvements in the county department, he said his first agenda is to get to know the programs currently under way at the county parks and recreation department. One such program is the department’s summer day camp.
According to White the day camp program kicked-off on June 22. He said the six-week program engages children in a number of activities ranging from athletics to arts and crafts. One activity White highlighted is a day-long trip to see the Winston-Salem Dash play.
White said that he and Key will be working to improve the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department. White said that one goal for the department will be strengthening the partnership between his department and the county’s schools.
White also said that health and wellness is a key component of his department’s work. “Showing the value of health and wellness in our programs is important,” said White. White added that the programs offered through his department lead to a healthier population in Surry County.
Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at the Mount Airy News. Andy may be reached at 336-415-4698 or [email protected]