Sworn in on Wednesday, March 10 at the Texas Recreation and Park Society’s State Conference in Frisco, Texas, Erin Fralicks Hart has set a new state record as the youngest president in the history of the organization at age 33. TRAPS is an 81-year-old non-profit educational and professional organization that serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources to help with a wide range of challenges facing park, recreation, and leisure service professionals.
Erin, who is also a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, was recently promoted to Assistant Director of Operations at The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department – a two-time National Recreation & Park Association Gold-Medal-winning and nationally accredited agency.
After graduating from UNT in 2010, Erin immediately began her career as a Recreation Coordinator at The City of Flower Mound. In 2013 she accepted the Special Events Coordinator position at The City of Grand Prairie. From there, she was promoted to Recreation Superintendent in 2019, and then to Assistant Director in 2021.
“We look forward to Erin serving in this capacity and know that she will not only do exceptional work for our state, but also brings great honor to the City of Grand Prairie,” said Duane Strawn, Director of Parks, Arts & Recreation.
Erin is the daughter of Kevin (B.S. 87’) and Lucie Fralicks and Jeanne (B.S. 83, M.S. 85) and Bryan Heard. Erin is the daughter-in-law of longtime Euless and Grand Prairie City Manager, Tom (B.S 77’) and Susan Hart. Erin is married to Austen Hart, and they have two children, Ellie (age 14) and Ryley (age 2).