Richard Blalock brings 37 years of experience in program and event development, facility development, as well as, developing public – private partnerships. While with the City of Newberry, he was instrumental in working with various commissions and councils to develop and fund the construction of Nations Park, a state of the art 16 field baseball / fast pitch facility.
He has experience developing partnerships with Easton Sports Development Foundation, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Florida Greenways and Trails, Suwannee River Water Management District and Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program to develop the Easton – Newberry Sports Complex.
The Easton – Newberry Sports Complex is a 100-acre facility that has the traditional recreation facilities, as well as, an archery training facility that has been recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as one of only ten Community Olympic Development Programs in the United States.
Richard has served on various community boards including the 15 years on the Gainesville Sports Commission Board of Directors, as well as, past president, 17 years as a Sports Director of the Florida Sports Foundation, 5 years on the Alachua Community awards include Gainesville Sports Commission’s President’s Above and Beyond Award and 3 Bronze Gator Awards for community involvement and from the Newberry – Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, Community Leader of the Year and the Large Business of the Year award for the City of Newberry Parks & Recreation Department. He also developed the Diamond Sports Park T-Ball Program that was published by T-Ball USA, “The Official Family Guide to T-Ball”.