Recreation and Parks Commission The Recreation and Parks Commission, appointed and organized under the Charter of the City of Columbus, is empowered to equip, operate, direct and maintain all the existing recreational and park facilities.  In addition, said Commission exercises certain powers and duties as specified in Sections 128 and 129 of the Columbus City Charter.


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David W. Paul, President Dave has worked in a variety of industries and positions, nearly all of which have had a common theme: bringing people and organizations together in meaningful, exciting and productive ways. Dave is proud to have worked as a professional in the personal computing and online services industries during the evolution of both the market and the technologies that have matured into the Internet and the World Wide Web. More recently, his professional work has helped create enterprise solutions that allow companies to communicate and transact business more efficiently. -Read More

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Mataryun "Mo" Wright, Vice President Mo Wright is the President and CEO of RAMA, a Columbus-based training and consulting firm specializing in Stakeholder and Community, Organizational, and Employee Engagement. He is rated as a “Master” trainer and has extensive experience in assessment, needs identification, strategic communications and executive group facilitation. He is highly sought after for his experience in instructional design and delivery, team building and group dynamics. Mo Wright earned a B.A. in Political Science from Winston-Salem State University and holds Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University in Public Administration and Workforce Development.

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Jennifer Adair, ESQ Commissioner's Bio Coming Soon

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Derrick R. Clay Accountability, Responsibility, Focus and Teamwork are four words that have guided Derrick Clay throughout his professional career. His passion for politics and business date back to his days as student body president in high school and later as president of the Undergraduate Student Government at his alma mater, the University of Akron. Derrick joined New Visions Group in 2004 as vice president and partner after a career in stateand national politics. He acquired the firm in 2014 and assumed the title of President/CEO.

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Rob Dorans Rob Dorans is the Legal Counsel for the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation of Ohio (ACT Ohio). At ACT Ohio he serves as the chief in house legal counsel to 137 building trades unions and their 92,000 members across Ohio. Prior to joining ACT Ohio Rob served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives and managed targeted state legislative campaigns for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus. Rob earned his B.A. at Ohio University in 2008 and was received Departmental Honors in Political Science. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo in 2012. - Read More

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Karla Rothan Ms. Rothan, a native of Cincinnati, attended The Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She toured as an actor doing shows in children’s theatre for a number of years before starting her own non-profit theatre company, New Venture Theatre in Columbus. Her career expanded in the non-profit arts arena when she landed a position at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts. She later became the public relations and marketing director for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. Throughout her career Karla has maintained a serious commitment to Stonewall Columbus. - Read More

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Bettye Stull Bettye Stull, former arts specialist and administrative coordinator with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department for over 30 years. Stull brings her department work experience along with her extensive knowledge within the art world and King Arts Complex to this position. 

Notice of Regular Meetings

Please take notice that meetings of the Recreation and Parks Commission will be held at 8:30 a.m. on the following dates and locations (unless otherwise posted):

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Sullivant Gardens Center, 755 Renick St., 43223
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Holton Community Center, 303 N. Eureka Ave., 43204
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2087 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Mentel Golf Course, 6005 Alkire Rd., 43119
  • August Recess – No Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Marion Franklin Center, 2801 Lockbourne Rd., 43207
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – CPAC, 549 Franklin Ave., 43215
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 1111 East Broad Street, 43205

In the event no proper business exists the meeting may be cancelled without further notice.  For more information you may contact the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, 1111 East Broad Street, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43205 (Telephone: 614-645-3319)