Department Info

Murray-Calloway County Parks & Recreation
900 Payne Street
Murray, KY 42071
(270)762-0325
Mission Statement
The mission of the Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation is to provide opportunities in leisure and recreational activities in safe and educational environments. To conserve natural resources, and to provide facilities, services, and parks that enhance the quality of life of individuals, families, and the community while preserving aesthetic values in our community and maintaining a commitment to excellence in customer service and satisfaction.
 
 

 
 
Ryan Yates, Park Director
Email: ryan.yates@murrayparks.org
Office Phone: (270) 762-0326
 
Ryan Yates joined the Murray-Calloway County Parks staff as Park Director in May of 2017. He joins our staff after spending nearly 2 years working for Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department. A native of Central City, Ky Ryan relocated to Murray in 2017. Ryan graduated in 2014, from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration and a minor in Communication. While attending U of L, he worked in the Sports Information Department for 4 years. He has over 8 years of experience umpire baseball, officiating football, and officiating basketball. 
 
 
 

Steve Wilhelm, Maintenance Supervisor
stevewilhelm@Murray-ky.net

Steve Wilhelm joined the Murray-Calloway County Parks staff as Maintenance Supervisor June of 2013.  He has extensive experience in construction and maintenance through his previous 20-year career with M&T Painting.  Steve also worked as the engineer for the Hardin Southern Railroad.  The native of Ventura, California, Steve relocated to Murray in 1993.  Steve has also been heavily involved with the Murray-Calloway County Soccer Association, serving as the group’s President for five years.  He was also a member of the Park Board before being selected to take over the maintenance duties.
 
 
 

Mike Sykes, Aquatics Director
 
Mike Sykes has been with Murray-Calloway County Parks since 1977, beginning his tenure as a lifeguard at the same pool he now oversees.  Currently Mike serves during the hot summer hours as our Aquatics Director, supervising the daily operations of the pool facility and Owen’s Spray Park, and managing the lifeguard staff.
 
 
 
John Gorrell, Program Coordinator
john.gorrell@murrayparks.org
 
John Gorrell rejoined Murray-Calloway County Parks as Recreation Supervisor in August 2017, after briefly filling the same position in 2016. John was born and raised in Murray, and is happy to still call it his home. After graduation from Murray State University with a degree Recreation and Leisure Services, and a minor in Youth and Non-profit Leadership, he spent 4.5 years working with Paducah Parks Services. John has previous experience in sports leagues, aquatics, facility management and youth camps.
  
 
 
 
Betty Hudson, Office Manager
mccpoffice@murray-ky.net 
 
Betty Hudson has been with Murray- Calloway County Parks since 1985. Betty has worked under seven Park Directors in her time with the parks department. Betty is originally from Arlington, Ky and moved to Murray in 1980. She was named the Kentucky Parks and Recreation Society Support Staff of the Year twice in her tenure with Murray- Calloway County Parks.  
 
 
 Lynn Orr, Office Manager
mccpoffice@murray-ky.net 
 
Lynn Orr joined the Murray-Calloway County Parks office Staff in May of 2017.
She is a native of Murray, Ky. Her previous office experience and knowledge comes
from 25 years of service with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She is excited
to continue her involvement in the community and assisting the citizens of Murray and Calloway County
through her employment with the Murray-Calloway County Parks. 
 
 
Carol Lane, Sales and Marketing Rep
carol.lane@murrayparks.org
 
Carol Lane began at the Murray Calloway Parks in August 2015. Carol spent 18 years at Murray State as a Instructor for Adult Basic Education. In 1994 she began employment for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as a case worker supervisor, retiring in 2013. She is a life long resident of Murray and has a love for the parks. She often states that her children success in life is partly attributed to the programs afforded to them by Murray Calloway County Parks.  
 
 
 
 
 
Maintenance Staff 
 
Garnie Scott, LaTasha Shankel, Tonya Kindall, Sammy Cain
 

Park Rangers
In 2007, Murray-Calloway County Parks developed and implemented a park ranger program. Each ranger brings their own professional style of law enforcement to the department and provides a safe and secure environment for all our park patrons.  Our rangers, patrol all park facilities, provide information about park events, have a first aid kit in their patrol cars, and educate guests on park policies and procedures. 
 
 

Park Board 
The Murray-Calloway County Park Board is made up of twelve individuals, equally appointed by the Murray City Council and the Calloway County Fiscal Court.

Calloway County Fiscal Court Appointees
Paul Rister, Calloway County Magistrate
Ryan Stanger 

 
Jason Lovett, Chairman
Larry Crutcher, Calloway County Magistrate
Chris Garland, City of Murray Police 

 

Murray City Council Appointees
Jeremy Bell, City Council Member
Linda Cherry, City Council Member
Angie Bogard

Jeff Gentry, Murray State Police

Holly Bloodworth

Carissa Johnson