Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman was hired by the city in 2004. He said he’s leaving Warren to continue his career with the city of St. Clair Shores.

Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman was hired by the city in 2004. He said he’s leaving Warren to continue his career with the city of St. Clair Shores.

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Warren Parks and recreation director departs to continue career in St. Clair Shores

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 3, 2018

WARREN — For more than 14 years, Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman has been proud of his work “building a community of people, parks and programs.”

Getting ready to leave his post to take on a new role leading the Parks and Recreation Department in the city of St. Clair Shores, he said the work he did to connect those things meant the most to him.

“I’m really proud of all the relationships I’ve built with residents and businesses, and the service clubs in Warren,” Bowman said. “That’s been the best thing ever. Life’s about relationships, and it’s added so much to my own life.”

That’s not to say he isn’t proud of the work he’s done as the chief steward of the city’s parks and recreational facilities, or of the annual events the city’s pulled off on his watch through the work of his staff.

“Then you add in a lot of the different things we’ve done, like the Warren Birthday Bash. Our movie nights have been outstanding. It’s a big hit with all our residents,” Bowman said. “I was really happy that I’ve been here the whole time while our ice rink and our fountain and all that’s been running. It’s been really adding a lot to our community with all the different events.”

From organizing sponsors to help defray the cost of activities for residents at community events, to helping to build the city’s farmers market, Bowman’s fingerprints are all over Warren’s parks and recreation offerings.

“That’s one thing I was always trying to do: just make the things our residents are using, to try and make them better,” Bowman said. “Going to St. Clair Shores, it’s my hometown. It’s where I grew up. I live there now. I’m very proud of the work I did in Warren. As I move into the next phase of my life and I look at what’s my five-year goal, my five-year plan, I want to be in a smaller town running parks and rec.

“St. Clair Shores might not be as small as I was thinking, but it’s my hometown,” Bowman said.

Bowman came to Warren in 2004 under then-Mayor Mark Steenbergh, taking over for Jack Bellomo. He was the city’s last remaining department head left from the Steenbergh administration. Before he came to Warren, Bowman spent 15 years working as a recreation supervisor for the Children’s Home of Detroit.

His last day of work in Warren was scheduled for Dec. 1, after press time, supervising the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting event.

“I’ve enjoyed having him work for me. He’s been outstanding with special events and with various programs he’s done over the years,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said. “Whether it be the farmers market or the Birthday Bash or Trunk and Treat, he is absolutely superb with special events.”

Fouts said he would name the Public Works Department’s Dino Turcato as acting parks and recreation director until a permanent decision is made. He said the city may advertise for the post.