|Mammoth Lakes, CA (September 11, 2020) – Mammoth Lakes Recreation has announced that through mutual agreement, it will be parting ways with its Executive Director, Matt McClain at the end of September.
McClain joined Mammoth Lakes Recreation in July 2017 on a three-year contract. During his tenure, Mammoth Lakes Recreation successfully designed and launched two critical programs, Adopt-A-Trail and Tangle Free Waters, as well as POOch Patrol, which focused on removing pet waste and litter from local parks and trails. The organization also raised funds to support two new bridges on the Horseshoe Lake Trail and worked with the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission to secure funding for the town’s new inclusive playground. McClain also initiated the organization’s first campaign, Keep Long Valley Green, which is working to protect critical wetland habitat in Long and Little Round Valley. Last year, Mammoth Lakes Recreation was awarded “Non Profit of the Year” by the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
“Mammoth Lakes is on the vanguard of incorporating sustainable recreation with mountain communities and culture,” said McClain. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to that effort through MLR.”
McClain’s departure comes as Mammoth Lakes Recreation is negotiating a new contract with the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The Town is struggling to maintain its Measure R reserves, which were depleted after Town Council committed $1.2 million for the proposed Community Recreation Center in 2019. That action, combined with additional impacts from COVID-19, resulted in an almost total loss of Measure R funding for Mammoth Lakes Recreation. The difficult decision was then made by McClain and the Board to part ways as the best solution to help the organization survive.
“We thank Matt for his dedication and service to our community. His passion for sustainable recreation and knowledge of nonprofit management have greatly benefited our organization,” said Craig Albright, President, Mammoth Lakes Recreation.
Program Administrator Kim Anaclerio will be assuming day-to-day managment of Mammoth Lakes Recreation following McClain’s departure.