Lilia Gans is Coppell’s parks and recreation marketing coordinator. She has worked in the Parks and Rec Department for 1 and a half years. In her role she promotes the city’s parks and recreation activities and works to design the city’s seasonal catalogs, flyers or logo items. When she’s not at work, Gans enjoys spending time with her family.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 12 years and have two kids, ages 6 years old and 14 months. Fun fact: We met our first week at Texas A&M University and have been together ever since!
How did you get involved with parks and rec?
Before I joined Coppell Parks and Recreation, I worked at the library for 10 years. In that time, I worked with Parks and Recreation on a few projects and my interest in the department began. I enjoy walking along our trail system at Andrew Brown Park East and wanted to become more involved in telling the Parks and Recreation story. In the past year and a half, I have enjoyed being able to engage with the community in a different way and share the wonderful things we have to offer.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Each day looks different and brings an opportunity to work on something new for one of our Parks and Recreation facilities. I love working with different people on a variety of projects and mediums.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy being able to make connections with the community at events and through the products I design. It’s a joy to be able to see the impact our city has on the community and I love being able to gather citizen feedback.
What are some challenges that you face on the job?
We are constantly expanding our services and offerings to the community! It’s always a really fun challenge to find new ways to promote these things to the community in a new way every day. I love a good challenge and this helps us grow and reach the community in new meaningful ways!
What's one event or initiative you've particularly enjoyed promoting?
Marketing our status as an NRPA Gold Medal Finalist was a lot of fun! We were able to find new ways to highlight our facilities and staff and had a bit of fun with social media announcements.
In your opinion, how do parks and recreation departments benefit cities?
Parks and Recreation departments provide a variety of green spaces, wellness opportunities, and most important, the space to play! I think it is essential to bring an element of fun to the community because everyone needs the space to find their relaxation, meditation and enjoyment.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love spending time with my husband and children. We’ll take mini-adventures around the Metroplex to exploring new places and create memories/experiences for my children.
What's your favorite movie?
“The Princess Bride”
Describe your dream vacation.
Spending time with my husband and kids in New England.
How do you unwind after a long day?
My children give me new energy every time I spend time with them. We will often go on family walks to the playground, play board games, or sit and color together.