Recreation & Parks
To energize our community by inspiring healthy play for all.
To inspire a happy, healthy community by creating a stimulating and engaging environment through elite, diversified recreational experiences.
Brian Faucette, CPRP
As a child, Brian who is a native of Graham, played baseball at Cooke Park, basketball at the Graham Recreation Center and pick-up football games at S. Graham Park. He graduated from Graham High School and then UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Recreation Administration. He began his career with the Graham Recreation and Parks Department in 2001 as the Center Supervisor. In 2003 he transitioned to Program Supervisor where he began the popular Thursday at Seven concert series in downtown Graham and the synthetic Ice Rink. He also partnered with area Recreation Departments to create the Yee Haw River Paddle and has served as the athletic coordinator for Alamance-Burlington Senior Games. Brian has served on the Boards of Alamance Arts and the Alamance County Children’s Museum. In 2017, Brian became the City of Graham’s second full-time Recreation Director.
Vicky Braniff, CPRP
(336) 570-6718 ext. 2
Vicky is a native of Pennsylvania where she attended Penn State University before moving to Wilmington and completing her Parks and Recreation Management Degree at UNC-Wilmington. She came to Graham after serving as Athletics Coordinator and Special Olympics Coordinator for Wilmington Parks and Recreation. Vicky serves on several boards and committees and assists with Alamance/Burlington Senior Games. In addition, she volunteers for NC Senior Games State Finals serving as a Tennis Event Manager. Vicky handles the management and supervision of the Graham Recreation Center, Maple Street Center, and Graham Civic Center as well as reservations and rentals for the Recreation Center, Civic Center, South Graham Park, Bill Cooke Park, and Graham Regional Park.
Tel Fehlhafer, CPRP, CPSI
Parks & Athletic Facilities Supervisor
Tel, known as the “Turf Dr.”, is a native of Illinois and attended the University of Tennessee, with an emphasis in Sports Turf Management. Tel is responsible for the maintenance and preparation of all the City’s Athletic Fields as well as the Athletic Fields at the Graham Middle School complex. Tel’s previous work experience includes working as the assistant groundskeeper for a professional baseball organization and was a head golf course superintendent for a semi/private golf course.
Steve Hadden, CPRP
Graham-Mebane Lake Warden
Steve is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Before coming to Graham-Mebane Lake, Steve worked for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As Warden, Steve manages Lake operations and enforces Lake regulations. Graham-Mebane Lake hosts numerous fishing and ski tournaments throughout the year as well as daily boating and bank fishing.
Kristen Herndon, CPRE, CPO, MS
Kristen is from Greensboro, NC and received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Parks and Recreation Administration. After she graduated from App., Kristen moved out west to Colorado for four years and continued to raft guide on several rivers in the state. Kristen moved back to North Carolina in 2012 and received her Masters in Parks and Recreation Administration at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Currently, she is responsible for the Mother’s & Father’s Day Programs, Slice of Summer, The Downtown Graham Ice Rink, Annual Downtown Graham Pumpkin Bash, Youth Fishing Day, Hall of Fame Banquet, and Movies in the park. She assists with Alamance/Burlington Senior Games and serves on many local committees. If you have any questions on the events mentioned above or would like to sponsor any of these events, please contact Kristen.
Kris Kloepping, CPRP, MS
Kris is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. His professional experience includes hospitality management, sport hospitality sales, coaching high school basketball, and collegiate game day operations. He joined the City of Graham as an intern in the athletic department in 2016. Kris coordinates year-round youth sports; including baseball, softball, spring & fall soccer, t-ball, flag football, lacrosse, golf, and basketball. He also coordinates various youth summer athletic camps, clinics, and manages all athletic field rentals. Kris serves on numerous committees including: Statewide Athletic Committee (SWAC) as Vice Chair, NCRPA Athletic Director’s Workshop Planning Committee, North Carolina Catastrophic Sport Injury Stakeholders Group, and Leadership Alamance Development Committee. Kris is the proud recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association Young Professional Award; presented in 2019.
Brandy McCandless, CPRP
Brandy attended North Carolina State University, with an emphasis on leadership in the public sector. She began her career as an afterschool counselor and because of her love for the recreation and parks field has continued her public service journey for over twenty years in youth programming, special events, as a center director, and in marketing. She is a certified as an archery instructor: NASP Basic Archery and USA Archery Level 2. Brandy was a part of creating and implementing the Hikes with Hounds program, receiving the 2016 North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association’s Innovative Program Award. She currently oversees advertising and marketing, as well as the Thursdays at Seven Concert Series, Movies in the Park, Downtown Graham’s Ice Skating Rink, the City of Graham Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, and Hikes with Hounds.
City of Graham – Recreation & Parks
PO Drawer 357
Graham, NC 27253
Check Policy – All checks should be made payable to the Graham Recreation and Parks Department. A $25.00 service charge will be assessed by the City of Graham for all checks returned by the bank. Cash will be required for
subsequent payments on any “insufficient funds” account.
Refund Policy – With all refunds, patrons will be charged a $10.00 administrative fee. After authorization, a check will be issued within 30 days so there is minimum inconvenience to our patrons.
a. Facility Rental: The following schedule will be used to determine refunds for facility rentals:
• Cancellation 30 days prior to event 100% refund
• Cancellation less than 30 days, but 14 or more 50% refund
• Cancellation less than 14 days, but 7 or more 25% refund
• Cancellation less than 7 days No refund
b. Park Shelters: Refunds will not be issued unless the reservation is cancelled within seven (7) business days of the reservation date. Refunds will not be issued due to inclement weather; however, if requested, the GRPD will attempt to reschedule the reservation at a later date at no additional cost.
c. General Programs: Total refunds will be given without question prior to the start of a program. After the program has begun, a refund will be given only for medical or unavoidable circumstances and/or upon director approval. All programs cancelled by the GRPD due to unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather will be rescheduled or a refund will be given in a prompt manner.
d. Summer Day Camp: 100% refund will be given for cancellations made two weeks prior to the first day of camp. 50% refund will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the first day of camp. No refund will be given for cancellations made on or after the first day of camp.
e. Athletics: No refunds will be given two weeks after registration closes. Refunds will only be given for medical or unavoidable circumstances and/or upon director approval.
City ordinance Sec. 12-16. – “Regulation of smoking in public places.” prohibits any type of smoking, vaping, e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco at any public place, including special events.
City ordinance Sec. 4-48. – “Parades, concerts, and special events; animals prohibited.” prohibits all pets/animals from any City of Graham special event.
City of Graham & FAA – “Policy for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Usage in Public Parks” prohibits the flying on drones in any area occupied by people and/or at special events. City of Graham Drone Policy