Stuart Lowry was named by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard yesterday as director of Indy Parks and Recreation.
Lowry replaces Joe Wynns, who resigned unexpectedly nearly a week ago after eight years on the job.
Early this month, Wynns said he had been asked to cut $2.3 million from the department's $17 million budget, although he later said in a published report that his resignation wasn't driven by the constraint. Days later, Ballard proposed a 2009 budget with $3 million less for parks.
Lowry was director of family programs at White River State Park, and also has directed interpretation at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.