Don Budinsky retired from the City of Winnipeg in 2008 after working 32 years in a variety of parks and recreation positions. For the last 14 years he was the Manager of the Parks and Open Space Division and led a talented group of professionals providing park, urban forestry, horticulture, naturalist/environmental, and landscape development services.
Don and his team forged over 200 community partnerships and worked with those groups to develop and improve the City’s park system including: renewed public gardens, expanded and improved street flower plantings, athletic fields, natural areas, playgrounds, urban forest and park amenities. There are over 1000 parks and open spaces in the city and more than 2 million public trees including 280,000 street trees. Don was in charge of the Parks Division’s 35-million-dollar annual operating budget and a 5-million-dollar annual capital budget.
Don’s education included a bachelor of physical education, a certificate in education, both from the University of Manitoba and a certificate of parks and recreation studies from Assiniboine Community College. Continuing education was gained through attending numerous local and national seminars and conferences and participating in organizations including the Manitoba Parks and Recreation Association, the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, Communities in Bloom and the Red River College Greenspace Management Advisory Committee.