"It's been a great experience, one that I will treasure always and look back on with great fondness," Board Secretary Brad Deal told The Brazil Times. "I will miss everyone."
Deal, who was appointed to the board in December 2002 by former mayor Kenny Crabb, said goodbye during the Dec. 3 meeting.
"The years went by fast," he said. "I wouldn't mind being a member on the board forever."
For five years, Deal held the position of vice-president and one year as secretary.
When he was elected to the City Council in November 2007, he believed that he could hold a seat on both the council and board while still being able to give as much as needed to both.
"I am the type of person that gives 100 percent with anything I do and with the work that goes into being on the council I noticed that I wasn't able to give as much of my time the parks," he said. "Well, not the same amount that I was giving before my election to the council."
Deal commented on his obligation to the voters that put him on the council and it was time for someone else to gain the experience and memories he has gained on the Parks Board.
"Being on the Parks Board has been such a worthwhile experience, one that I wouldn't change for anything," he said.
"He will be greatly missed," President Caroline McCullough said to The Brazil Times. "He looked after the parks, and made sure that they benefited the people that used them."
When Deal started on the Parks Board, he went right to work with the planning on a cross country track in Craig Park, it is utilized by North Clay Middle School and Northview High School's Cross Country teams during their home meets.
"He and his family, as well as members on the teams and their families really worked hard on the track," Vice President Ruth Ann Jeffries said. "But it was the Deal family that really did the planning and sweated through it."
In honor of the hard work, the Parks Board honored Deal during his final meeting with a surprise.
The Cross Country Track at Craig Park will have a sign placed on it naming it the Brad Deal Family Cross County Track.
Deal, who was noticeably moved by the name change, later commented on the track being one of his greatest memories and achievements.
"To develop something that cost nothing, yet would be such a benefit to the high school and middle school runners as well as being used by people who visit the park was one of the highlights of being on the board," he said.
Finding the most satisfaction in seeing the parks being used was a great joy to Deal.
"Seeing the people with their families, watching the kids during fishing fun day, and having people tell you how great the parks are is so rewarding," he said.
"I think we have a good city council and that good things will get done, it is just going to take a lot of work," Deal said. "But we are working towards it and everything will turn out great."
It is that positive attitude and hard work that Deal says he learned from his park board members.
"The dedication that they have towards each other and the parks is insurmountable," he said. "They give their all to make them the best they can. The hard work by Bill Houck and his crew doesn't go unnoticed and I am honored to have worked with him."
"We started on the board almost at the same time," Vice President Ruth Ann Jeffries said. "He is a kind person, very religious, and brought a lot of good qualities to the board, he is a good man. He will be missed and we wish him well."