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.

COMMISSIONERS

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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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Michael S. Brown As the Vice President of Strategic Development for Experience Columbus, Michael S. Brown is an advocate for building the community’s authentic brand and tourism economy.  Brown is focused on leveraging collaborations with private and public partners that raise Columbus' national image as a smart/open community to harness the economic power of tourism, sports, conventions, conferences and events.
Mike joined Experience Columbus in 2010 after serving 11 years in the administration of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman as Communications Director and Policy Advisor. - Read More

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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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J. Jeffrey McNealey Jeff McNealey is a retired partner in the Columbus law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, where his practice has focused on environmental matters nationally, as well as general corporate and related real estate development issues regionally. He has worked with developers, townships, and municipalities in the design, adoption, and implementation of a wide range of zoning codes for residential, commercial, and industrial developments for more than 40 years. Mr. McNealey has been acknowledged as one of the outstanding environmental and real estate zoning lawyers in the country since 1986 by The Best Lawyers in America. - 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 11, 2017 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – Linden Comm. Center, 1254 Briarwood Ave., 4321
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 1111 East Broad Street, 4320
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – Lashutka Center, 3479 Riverside Dr., 4322
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Gillie Community Center, 4625 Morse Center Dr., 4322
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 1111 East Broad Street, 4320
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 –Maintenance Operations Bldg., 1533 Alum Industrial Dr., 4320
  • August Recess – No Meeting
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 – Wyandot Lodge at McKnight Center, 3200 Indian Village Rd., 4322
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1111 East Broad Street, 4320
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – Westgate Community Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave., 4320
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 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)