About Walt Bratton
Walt Bratton - Professional Summary:
Walt Bratton spent his youth volunteering his time working in his hometown's parks, recreation and community services department. As Walt Bratton grew older and became more familiar with the parks and recreation profession, he sought to gain his educational building blocks in the field as his career choice. The department director took Walt Bratton under his wing, educating him in the many policies and procedures that had to be followed in order to properly run and maintain Grandview's many parks, recreation and leisure services amenities.
An adept basketball player, Walt Bratton received an invitation to play ball for Yakima Valley Community College (in Yakima, Washington) in exchange for a athletic scholarship. While enrolled there, Walt Bratton earned his Associate of Arts degree before transferring to Washington State University, a school distinguished for its Parks and Recreation Management program. Walt Bratton earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors before enrolling in Arizona State University's two-year Parks and Recreation Administration graduate program, which Walt Bratton completed in only two semesters.
Assuming management positions at various parks and recreation departments all through the 1990s, Walt Bratton is currently the Director of the City of Green River, Wyoming, Parks and Recreation Department, a position he has held since 2005. Throughout his career, Walt Bratton has accumulated a wealth of educational knowledge outside of the classroom, maintaining his Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) status by allocating 24 hours to earning continuous educational units during every two-year re-certification period and attending seminars and clinics, such as Burbank, California's Performance Based Discipline Workshop.
The City of Green River, Wyoming, Parks and Recreation Department was also awarded National Accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), a prominent accreditation that requires a department to meet a minimum of 138 standards out of a total of 155. Walt Bratton's department fulfilled and met all 155 accreditation standards in October 2008.
In 2009, Walt Bratton became one of 125 individuals inducted into the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (AAPRA), a nonprofit association whose membership is by peer review and has a strict vetting process. The mission of the AAPRA is to educate the public on the importance of parks and recreation.
Walt Bratton - Education:
Arizona State University
Master's in Parks and Recreation Administration