Steve McDaniel new director of Fort Wayne parks; succeeds Al Moll

Steve McDaniel

Steve McDaniel has been named director of the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department effective April 2. He succeeds Al Moll, who recently announced his retirement after serving as director since 2005.

McDaniel is a 26-year veteran of the department and has served as deputy director of asset management since 2007. McDaniel currently oversees the administration of all plans and activities related to the development, utilization, construction and maintenance of 86 parks, more than 135 buildings and hundreds of vehicles and equipment. In addition, he leads the maintenance operation of all city of Fort Wayne trees, playgrounds, aquatic centers, pavilions, athletic facilities, trails and pathways.

As director, McDaniel will manage an operating budget of more than $18 million and a capital budget of nearly $8 million.

From 2005 to 2007, McDaniel was manager of project administration and has held the position of project representative. He began his service with the department as an engineering intern and also has experience as an instructor of construction estimating at IPFW.

In a statement, Mayor Tom Henry said McDaniel “is uniquely qualified to lead the Parks & Recreation Department. His experience and expertise, work ethic, communication skills and dedication to implementing best practices position him to be an outstanding director.”

McDaniel is active in the community as a current board member of the Fort Wayne Municipal Building Corp and Trees Indiana and a former board member for the Georgetown Little League. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction technology from Purdue University, Fort Wayne.