Michael Hecker is featured in ‘Up on Play’

Michael Hecker, Elk River’s parks and recreation director, has been featured in the “Up on Play” publication.

In the question and answer format, Hecker talks about his career, some of his favorite parks and recreation initiatives and changes in the field.

In other park-related news, Elk River’s new destination playground at Orono Park is pictured in the Landscape Structures 2014 catalog. It is on a two-page spread with the heading “Play Naturally.”

The playground, which highlights Elk River’s Powered by Nature brand, opened last year at 18599 Gary St.