Q&A – Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Coordinator, City of Prescott

Q: What brought you to Prescott, and how long have you been here?

A: I came to visit and fell in love with the landscape, decided to stay. That was in 1998.

Q: How did you become interested in your career field?

A: Having grown up participating in parks and recreation programs such as swim team and gymnastics, I really appreciate the opportunities my local department gave me. My graduate degree is in recreation and tourism, so I also enjoy observing trends and habits of the travel industry.

Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?

A: Constantly adapting to the demands of the industry while aiming to keep residents’ and visitors’ experiences memorable.

Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?

A: Seeing families enjoy our public lands whether it is on a playground, trail or in our outdoor classrooms.

Q: Where would you like to vacation next and why?

A: Planning to visit Martha’s Vineyard in September because a generous friend has offered lodging, and I’ve never been that far north on the East Coast. Plus, I love coastal towns!

Q: If you could have dinner with any three to five people (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: Dinner with three to five people: Definitely my mom because I miss her, Bo Jackson — great athlete and human, and Dolly Parton — because she’s amazing!

Q: What is the last book you read, and what did you most enjoy about it?

A: Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile — Brandi’s autobiography is funny, fascinating, authentic and gritty.

Q: What is your favorite Prescott activity?

A: Prescott has such great trails, so you can definitely find me on those. I also enjoy perusing the local shops and dining on a patio.