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Ostlund honored for parks and recreation work

WCHS graduate inducted into Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame

— Submitted photo David Ostlund speaks at his induction into the Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame. Ostlund is a 1966 graduate of Webster City High School.

Jefferson City, MO – On April 15 David Ostlund was inducted into the Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame. The induction took place at the annual awards banquet of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association in Columbia, Missouri. Ostlund is a 1966 graduate of Webster City High School.

His professional career in parks and recreation began when he served as the recreation director for the city of Warrensburg, Missouri, from 1974-77. He served as executive director of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association from 1977-2008. He ended his professional career as the partnership program manager at Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa, Iowa, from 2008-2011.

He lobbied the Missouri General Assembly for over a decade to create a stable source of funding for Missouri city and county parks and recreation agencies. This resulted in the passage of the Park and Stormwater Sales Tax in 1995. To date this legislation has generated over $3 billion in new funding for over 210 Missouri communities.

Ostlund is the 34th member of the Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame. He has been retired since 2011 and is currently living in Sedona, Arizona.

The Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame award was developed by Missouri Park and Recreation Association in 2009 to honor professionals and special individuals who have made outstanding, unique, lasting and extraordinary contributions to the recreation and park movement in Missouri.

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