Park Board Selects New Executive Director
Park District Board of Commissioners has selected Arnold “Arnie”
Biondo (pictured on right with wife, Nancy) to lead the organization as the new executive director.
Biondo replaces Carol Kennard, who will retire at the end of
December after serving as executive director for 17 years.
Updated: November 20, 2014
Biondo was selected from a national candidate search
conducted by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.
“We were extremely happy with the
quality of candidates who put forward their names for
consideration,” said David Lee, president of the park board.
“During the search process it was clear to us that Arnie was an
excellent person for the position because of his extensive
experience in strategic planning and management of parks, along
with his warm personality.”
Arnie has served in the field
of parks and recreation for more than 38 years. His most recent
position was as the executive director of the Forest Preserve
District of DuPage County in Wheaton, Illinois where he
initiated and championed the first ever strategic planning
effort, reaching out to school, park, conservation and city
officials for input in the effort. Prior to his time at Forest
Preserve District of DuPage County, he spent 18 years as
executive director of Carol Stream Park District in Carol
Stream, Illinois. He led the Carol Stream Park District to earn
the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and
Recreation Management in 2002 and again in 2008. He is a member
of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration
(AAPRA), an organization of distinguished practitioners and
scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation
field. Membership to AAPRA is through peer nomination. Though
much of Biondo’s career has been in Illinois, he is no stranger
to the greater Dayton area. He served as the superintendent of
recreation for the City of Kettering from 1981 to 1982.
Biondo received a bachelor’s degree in recreation and park
management from University of Oregon and a master’s degree in
leisure services, marketing and management from DePaul
University. He is married to a Dayton native, Nancy, and has
three children, Peter, Matthew and Emily.
“I couldn't be
happier about joining CWPD. The parks, preserves, sport fields,
facilities and programs are top notch,” said Biondo. “It's clear
to me that the residents of Centerville and Washington Township
place high value on their recreation and open spaces. I look
forward to continuing to meet their needs.” He will officially
begin his position as executive director on December 1. Arnie
will be available to meet the community at the
Centerville-Washington Park District’s next special event, the
Sixth Annual Holiday Luminary Walk, Friday, December 12 from
6:30-8:30 p.m. at Grant Park, 501 Normandy Ridge Road.
After Combined 60 Years of Service, Two Park District Managers Retire
Centerville-Washington Park District said farewell to two
valuable long-term employees last week. Bob Feldmann,
Development Manager, and Barbara Smith, Business Manager, both
retired after a combined total of nearly 60 years of service to
the Park District.
Read more (PDF)>>
Updated: November 3, 2014
Park District Director Announces Retirement
nearly 33 years, the last 17 as Director, Carol Kennard is retiring from the
Centerville-Washington Park District in December. She was hired as the first
full-time program director in 1982 and immediately began introducing new
programs to engage people in their local parks. Hidden Meadows Day Camp,
Winter Woods Day Camp, after school children’s nature programs, Haunted
Trail and the Volunteer Naturalist Program are just a few of the successful
programs she began.
Read more (PDF)>>
Updated: September 17, 2014
Owlexander's Tree Trek Now Open!
Tree Trek, the newest Nature Literature Trail,
officially opened Saturday, June 14, 2014. There are more than 100 tree
species in Ohio and the Tree Trek features 14 of these species, including
the tree’s family name, leaf shape, bark appearance, commercial use, and, in
some cases, interesting folklore. The Tree Trek is a one mile path that runs
through the woods at Bill Yeck Park.
Owlexander’s Tree Trek is the third trail in a creative
collaboration between the
Washington-Centerville Public Library and the
Centerville-Washington Park District.
The Nature Literature Trails are
funded by the Yeck Family Foundation.
construction on Clyo Road in Centerville, the best directions are traveling
from the north: travel south on Clyo Road; turn left onto Washington Creek;
left on Sugarcreek; right on Mill Trace; left on Rooks Mill - park entrance
will be immediately on the right. If you are traveling from the south:
travel north on Clyo Road; turn right on Rooks Mill; cross over Spring
Valley and continue on Rooks Mill and the park entrance will be 1/4 mile
down on the right.
Updated: June 16, 2014
Park Levy Renewed
Centerville and Washington Township voters renewed the 0.9 mill levy that
was on the ballot May 6, 2014. The levy will fund park
operations for another 10 years with no increase in taxes. It provides:
- Operating funds totaling about $1.4 million per year
- Around 30% of
day-to-day operational costs for 49 parks encompassing close to 1,000 acres
of open space in Centerville and Washington Township. (Remaining funding comes from 2.0 mill
levy that expires in 2018, along with some program income, donations and
- Upkeep of athletic facilities, trails, shelters, playgrounds,
skatepark, sprayground, dog park and support amenities
- Requested park
Thank you for supporting your parks!
Updated: May 7, 2014
Park District Appears on "Centerville
March 31, Centerville-Washington Park District's Development Manager Bob
Feldmann, appeared on "Centerville Reports Today."
Watch now for an overview of the Park District's past ten years, and a
preview of the next ten!
Future projects discussed include the Smith
property at Bill Yeck Park, the new
Robert F. Mays Park development and the upcoming
Holes Creek Park trail.
Updated: April 4, 2014
Robert F. Mays Park Update
Robert F. Mays Park construction is scheduled to start in the next couple of
weeks. Jess Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract for the construction
project that includes earth moving, drainage, seeding, planting of
grasses/trees, and construction of the parking lot. Jess will be working for
the rest of this year on the project with most of the heavy earth moving,
drainage and construction taking place over the next six months. The
planting and seeding operations are scheduled to take place in September and
October of this year. It is our understanding from Washington Township that
the construction of Paragon Road extension to the new park entrance and the
Wallingsford turn-around is scheduled to start next week, weather
Future phases of the park development include
construction of the shelter with restrooms (in 2015 thanks to a NatureWorks
grant received), with playground, fitness stations, and walking trails
completed once future funding is secured.
View the final approved
plan. (The Wallingsford circle is planned, but not shown on this map.)
If you have any questions during the construction project, please call the
park headquarters at 937-433-5155.
Watch for future updates here!
March 27, 2014
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