Brookhaven City Council officially welcomed Parks and Recreation Director Ray Holloway at its first meeting of the year Jan. 14.

It was Holloway’s second day on the job, and he got a warm reception from officials and residents eager to begin improving the city’s parks. Holloway comes to Brookhaven after serving as the parks and recreation director in Clinton, Mississippi.

Chad Boles, president of the Friends of Briarwood Park, introduced volunteers from other parks around the city. They attended the meeting as representatives of a newly formed umbrella group of park volunteers called PARC, or Park and Recreational Coalition.

“We hope you would use us as a resource,” Boles said. “Welcome home, we’re glad you’re here.”

A desire for better parks and recreation services was one of the driving forces behind the movement to create the city of Brookhaven. This year, Brookhaven will begin its parks and recreation master planning process to create a long term vision for the city’s parks.