Park People: Brad Navarre

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Brad Navarre

Park Supervisor at Pearson, Middlegrounds, Howard Marsh, Manhattan Marsh

Hometown:
Toledo

First Job:
Making pizzas at Pizza Hut.

Achievement you are most proud of, career or other:
For me, family always comes first, so raising two wonderful daughters is what I am most proud of. 

Dream Trip:
Drop me off in the Middle of Nowhere, Alaska. Hunting, fishing, kayaking… just enjoying the outdoors.

Notable pet:
An English Bulldog named Meatball who was abandoned at Wildwood Preserve bout 9 years ago. Nobody claimed him, so we brought him into our family.

What is something few know about you?
I coach youth soccer. I am lucky enough to be involved with a great organization, really talented coaches, good parents and, most important, wonderful young ladies that make coaching so rewarding.

What brought you to Metroparks?
I was a student at the Toledo Agricultural Center (TPS) and studied natural resources. They introduced me to Metroparks and helped me get my foot in the door as a seasonal maintenance worker at 18. I decided then that I wanted to make this my career, and 22 years later here I am.

Your favorite park visited?
Yellowstone National Park, but I do have to say that the crew at Pearson Metropark do an amazing job at making that park one of my favorite destinations every day!