Girard Park


500 Girard Park
Lafayette LA 70501

Phone: 337-291-8374

DIRECTOR: Hollis Conway

Hollis Conway


Hollis Conway, Director of Parks, Arts, Recreation, & Culture

Two-time Olympic medalist Hollis Conway serves as Director of Parks, Arts, Recreation, & Culture for the Lafayette Consolidated Government.

A member of six Hall of Fames, including the UL Lafayette Athletics Hall of Fame, the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Conway is one of the top speakers in the world. He has been featured on many world renowned talk shows and commercials, including NIKE and McDonald's.

Conway won the silver medal in the high jump at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The No. 1-ranked high jumper for seven consecutive years, Conway still holds the American indoor record in the high jump at 7-10.5 and is the NCAA outdoor and indoor record holder that was set in 1989.

Before returning to Lafayette, Conway spent 18 years as Multi Area Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Conway has been a frequent motivational speaker at camps, banquets and corporate events around the country and is the author of two books: Yes, I Can! and Grasshopper.

An ordained minister, Conway was highlighted as a "Louisiana Legend," during a Feb. 5, 2017 episode of the LPB program that recognizes outstanding Louisianans who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines including writing, art, entertainment, politics, public service and athletics. Conway was born in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in Shreveport and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1991. He is married to the former Charlotte Bergeron and is the father of four  children, Shaquita Horn of Houston, Texas, Tarvia Conway, a former UL track athlete, Holli' Conway, the 2018 Miss Louisiana, and Angelique Conway, a senior at UL.