FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Anthony R. Calabrese, the town’s recreation coordinator since 2005, is the new Parks and Recreation director, First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced Thursday.
Calabrese, who has been interim director, succeeds Director Gerald Lombardo who recently retired after serving the town for 29 years.
“I look forward to continuing my work within the Parks and Recreation Department and expanding upon the existing programs” Calabrese said. “It is important to me that our department continues to improve the quality of life for Fairfield residents of all ages.”
As recreation coordinator, Calabrese helped develop and supervise community recreational, youth services, social and special events. Among his many responsibilities, he had also played a key role in the near-term and long-range planning of recreational and youth service needs.
Prior to working for the town, the Fairfield resident worked at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport and the Bristol Boys & Girls Club in Bristol. Calabrese was also the assistant supervisor at Play and Learn for the City of Norwalk’s summer program.
Calabrese holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in recreation administration from Southern Connecticut State University. He also holds the following professional memberships— Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association (CRPA).
“I am thrilled that Anthony will serve as director of our Parks and Recreation Department!” Tetreau said. “His ability to successfully manage the department as interim director for the last few months while continuing his role as recreation coordinator is indicative of Anthony’s effective leadership style and his love and enthusiasm for recreation.”
Tetreau added, “I want to express my deep appreciation and thanks to Gerry Lombardo for his years of outstanding contributions to our Town’s recreation and parks facilities and programs. I wish him a very happy, healthy and much-deserved retirement.”