Vera retires as city’s Deputy Director of Parks

The city of Burleson Deputy Director of Parks Ike Vera donned a black cowboy hat and blue jeans and entered a new chapter of his life on Friday.

Vera retired from his position with the city of Burleson, where he first started serving in 1988.

A retirement party celebrating Vera’s work was held at First Baptist Church Burleson.

A large crowd of colleagues, friends and families attended the party to congratulate and look back at some of the memories they shared with Vera.

“The city of Burleson, one community, 31 years,” Vera said. “What a trip.”

Vera oversaw the management of 24 city parks, including three athletic complexes, during his tenure at the city.

“Some of the greatest things that I think we accomplished here in Burleson was Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex,” Vera said. “I had a lot of input on that one. And, I am very proud of  that.”

The Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex stretches over 65-acres and contains 10 baseball fields, five softball fields, two practice fields, two concession facilities and one football field.

As an added service to the community, Vera has been an active member of the Burleson Rotary Club, which he became the president of in the early 2000s.  

“The different councils, the mayors, the city managers, the people that have come through that we’ve all been able to share memories with and because of whom our city is so great, and you’re [Vera] a big part of why our city is so great,” Rotary Club member Patsy Dumas said. “Thank you for everything.”

Vera also served on the board of directors for the Meals on Wheels program.

Now, Vera said he would like to spend time at farms and ranches and also playing golf more often.

“I definitely admire who he is and his involvement with all the programs and organizations and so on,” said Vera’s wife, Christine Vera.

“His vision for anything to do with landscaping is phenomenal,” she added.

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