Austin Weiss promoted to lead city of Aspen’s Parks and Open Space |

Austin Weiss promoted to lead city of Aspen’s Parks and Open Space

The city of Aspen announced Thursday the promotion of Austin Weiss from Open Space and Natural Resource manager to director of Parks and Open Space.

Weiss has worked for the Parks Department for 16 years, starting as the city’s trails coordinator. His new responsibilities will include general supervision over parks operations, open space and natural resources, planning and construction, the mechanics and the office.

“I’m thrilled to continue my work with the Aspen Parks Department in this new role,” Weiss said in a statement. “I believe the parks system is one of the city’s greatest assets, and I consider it an honor to help lead the stewardship of this department. I’m excited to continue the great work of the Parks Department and to ensure the Aspen community has the continued opportunity to access world-class parks, trails and open space. After all, that’s one of the main reasons we have all chosen Aspen as our home.”

Weiss succeeds Tom Rubel, who is retiring after 35 years with the city, the last three of which he served as the Parks and Open Space director.

“We’re proud of the work Austin has done over the years,” said Parks and Recreation manager Jeff Woods in a statement. “He has a clear vision for the Parks Department, where it’s been, and where it’s going. A major project on the horizon is selecting the leases for Cozy Point, and Austin has been instrumental in overseeing the future of one of the city’s most significant open space parcels.”

Weiss’ promotion is effective immediately.

Weiss earned a bachelor’s of arts from Prescott College in Outdoor Education. He also serves as vice chairman of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association’s board of directors.

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