Steven M. Neu, served as Director of Parks and Recreation for the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, Bismarck, North Dakota, from May 1987 through June 30, 2011. AA 1976 graduate of the University Of North Dakota earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Administration. In 1994 he completed a master’s degree in Management at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.   Prior to working in Bismarck, Steve was the Director of Parks and Recreation in Williston, North Dakota and in Wolf Point, Montana. All total a 35 year career in public parks and recreation.  A Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association (NDRPA). Steve served as president of NDRPA and was legislative chair for 18 years.  Steve was also a member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Board  of Trustees from 1995-2007and elected President of NRPA in October 2005.  During Steve’s tenure as Director of the Bismarck Parks and Recreation, the District was recognized by NRPA as a Gold Medal Award Recipient, a USTA Tennis Town and as a  NRPA Citizen Branch Outstanding Board/Commissioner Award winner. In 2004, Bismarck was selected by NRPA and Sports Illustrated as “Sports Town” of North Dakota. Steve also served as ED of the Bismarck Recreation Council from 1987-2011 BPRD's foundation.  In 2008 the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District received agency accreditation through the National Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and NRPA. BPRD was one of the first 100 accredited agencies in the United States and still the only accredited park district in North Dakota.  Steve’s community and organization involvements have included serving on the Bismarck-Mandan CVBBoard of Directors, Prairie Rose State Games Board of Directors.  Chamber Leadership-Bismarck/Mandan Faculty, Community Betterment Sales Tax Committee, Bismarck Community Bowl Authority, All-America City Committee, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee, Bismarck G3 Sustainability Series Coordinating
Committee, the Mayors Economic Development Advisory Group Quality of Life Subcommittee Chair and a member of the Bismarck Far West Rotary Club.  Since retirement from the Bismarck Park District in June of 2011, Steve served as Program Director and Associate Professor of Sport and Leisure Management with the U
Mary Gary Tharaldson School of Business, as a senior planner at KLJ, joined staff at Shiloh Christian School as Director of the Facilities and Community Programs.  Steve also worked with Ruth Meiers Hospitality House as Director of Planning and Development and Interim Director until June of 2018 and currently oversees the Bismarck Community Garden program.  Steve and his wife Cheryl have been married for 43 years and together have four grown children, 6 grandchildren, a dog named Rowan and “Almost a Lodge” in Butte, ND.

Contact Us


National Association of Park Foundations

54 E. St. Charles Road, Suite #7

Villa Park, IL. 60181



Follow Us

  • Facebook Reflection
  • Twitter Reflection
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon