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City of Dripping Springs hires new Parks and Community Services Director

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS – November 13 – The City of Dripping Springs is pleased to announce the hiring of Mariana Espinoza as the city’s new Parks and Community Services Director.

Espinoza comes to the City of Dripping Springs from the City of Grand Prairie, Texas. There, she served as the Senior Recreation Supervisor for the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. She worked there for eleven and a half years. Prior to working in Grand Prairie, she worked for the City of Austin for three years as a Recreation Programs Specialist in the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

Espinoza is proficient in English and Spanish, and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources from Michigan State University as well as a Master of Arts in Professional Development-Management from Dallas Baptist University. Espinoza has won numerous awards from the Texas Recreation and Park Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. She brings more than fifteen years of experience in municipal recreation to the City of Dripping Springs.

As Parks and Community Services Director, Espinoza will oversee all of the city’s parks and open space. She will also serve as coordinator of all city-sponsored special events and activities, like Christmas on Mercer Street, Founders Day Festival, and the Dripping Springs Farmers Market.

When she’s not managing the city’s parks and community services, you’ll find Espinoza spending time with family or studying, as she’s currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Administration. 

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