(Photo courtesy of Amanda Schulz.)

Councilman David Blewett has appointed Belmont Addition neighbor Amanda Schulz to represent District 14 on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board.

Schulz is a fourth-generation Dallasite who has lived in the neighborhood since 2012. She graduated from the University of Texas and St. Mary’s University School of Law.

“Having a long family history in Dallas, and now raising my two children here, this city holds a special place in my heart,” she said. “With that love, and the knowledge that my talents intersect very well with the responsibilities of this role, it would have been nearly impossible for me to say no.”

Her first priorities as a park board member will be to improve communication in the district and increase exposure around events happening in parks, recreational facilities and trails.

“She is ready and excited to hit the floor running,” Blewett said on Facebook.

Schulz works as a broker associate at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in the Park Cities, but in her spare time, she has a passion for gardening, wildlife photography and beekeeping. The Texas Master Gardener has designed curriculum for school garden projects, taught instructional classes and installed a National Wildlife Federation Certified Pollinator Habitat at her home.

She previously served on a Municipal Utility District water board when she and her husband, Jon, lived in Houston. While there, the couple restored a 1910 Victorian home, complete with a 3,000-square-foot garden, where she grew vegetables to sell to farm-to-table restaurants. She also spearheaded a reforestation project in Cypress.

Schulz will replace Taylor Adams. Adams was appointed after Paul Sims stepped down from the position in January to run for City Council. He had served on the park board since 2013 as Philip Kingston’s representative.

“Dallas offers amazing amenities, and our city needs to do an effective job of making that known and creating wonderful spaces for community interaction and friendship,” Schulz said. “I love my Dallas parks, and I want everyone in District 14 to feel the same sentiment.”

Schulz can be reached at amanda4dallasparks@gmail.com.

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