Scott Hock, joined the Department as Director on July 9, 2018. Hock is responsible for managing the City’s Parks and Recreation Department which includes 96 named parks, hundreds of acres of undeveloped green space for future park expansion and flood control, four municipal golf courses, six swimming pools, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, trails, two athletic complexes and more than 1,500 recreation programs held annually. He manages 59 employees.
Hock comes to Cedar Rapids from the City of Davenport where he served as Director since April 2014. Originally from Manson, Iowa, he has worked in the field of parks and recreation for more than 20 years. He has served in roles from Recreation Superintendent to Assistant Director for the cities of Shenandoah, Kansas City, Ames, and Urbandale. Hock holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leisure Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University.
Hock has previously worked in systems similar to Cedar Rapids with direct experience managing parks, trail systems, golf courses and aquatic facilities. He has provided leadership in the areas of park planning, facility management, recreation programming and special event development.