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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: May 23, 2019

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Announces the Resignation of Recreation and Parks Director Tony Collins

After serving Columbus residents with great passion and drive, Columbus Recreation and Parks Director, Tony Collins has submitted his resignation to pursue the role of Chief Executive Officer at the YMCA of Central Ohio.

“Director Collins is a strong leader and has been a critical force in connecting the community through sustainable smart growth,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “He built a culture of collaboration and his dedication to serve every Columbus neighborhood will be greatly missed.”

Director Collins’ tenure with the department increased equitable access to parks and community recreation by opening a renovated Douglas Community Center, a new Glenwood Community Center and Driving Park Community Center.  The department added almost 200 acres of green space including two new iconic parks, the Scioto Mile and Dorrian Green.  Additionally, the department re-opened two pools, connected the Alum Creek trail and will break ground for the construction of the Linden Community Center and Park this summer. 

In addition to collaboratively working with partners like the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Crew to expand access to recreational programming, Director Collins served a key leadership role in the establishment of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Foundation.

Director Collins joined the department in June 2015. He will remain at the department through June 17, 2019, to ensure a smooth and effective transition of duties under the leadership of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Commission.