Julius Breckling, Long-Time Little Rock Parks Chief, Dies

Julius Breckling, who headed the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department for 35 years, died on Monday at the age of 83.

Breckling retired from the department in 1991. Little Rock's Julius Breckling Riverfront Park is named in honor of his service to the city.

Breckling also was a long supporter of a plan to develop a network of trails along the Arkansas River. And when the Two Rivers Park Bridge over the Little Maumelle River opened in 2011, Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines gave credit to Breckling for his vision for the bridge and interconnected river crossings and parks.

At the time of his death, Breckling was working on the development of the Lotus Valley neighborhood in Hot Springs, according to his obituary.

Julius "Sunny" Peter-Herman Breckling was born March 7, 1929, to the late Martha Weigle Breckling and Julius Breckling Sr. in Hot Springs.

Breckling graduated from Lakeside High School and then Oklahoma State University in 1951. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Garvan Woodland Gardens, the board of the Hot Springs Housing Authority and Fifty for the Future.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hot Springs Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jon Beyer officiating. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.

See the full obituary here.