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Park Board Selects New Executive Director

Arnie and Nancy BiondoCenterville-Washington 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.

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.

Updated: November 20, 2014 
After Combined 60 Years of Service, Two Park District Managers Retire

Bob Feldmann and Barbara SmithThe 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.

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Updated: November 3, 2014 
Park District Director Announces Retirement

Carol KennardAfter 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.

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Updated: September 17, 2014 
Owlexander's Tree Trek Now Open!

Owlexander's Tree TrekOwlexander’s 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.

With 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 grants.)
  • Upkeep of athletic facilities, trails, shelters, playgrounds, skatepark, sprayground, dog park and support amenities
  • Requested park improvements

Thank you for supporting your parks!

Updated: May 7, 2014
Park District Appears on "Centerville Reports Today"

Centerville Reports Today, March 31, 2014Monday, 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 PlanRobert 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 permitting.

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!

Updated: March 27, 2014
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