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
“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.