Licking Park District’s Open Board of Commissioners Position Has Been Filled

Licking Park District’s Open Board of Commissioners Position Has Been Filled

GRANVILLE, OHIO (November 11, 2019) The Licking Park District (LPD) is pleased to announce that the open Board of Commissioners position has been filled. Brenda Sams was sworn in as a board member to the LPD Board of Commissioners’ seat on November 1, 2019. She retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft, in 2011 after 29 years of service. Brenda has extensive experience in training and public service. She developed and managed multiple field offices for ODNR Watercraft. Her last assignment was as the Regional Manager Central Region, where she was headquartered at Alum Creek.

Brenda has volunteered with the Park District for the last two years and was recognized as Licking Park District’s Volunteer of the Month in September 2019. Her love of watersports prompted her to begin her volunteer service for the Park District where she has volunteered for programs, special events, and conservation stewardship. Brenda lives in the Pataskala area and is looking forward to using her experience to make Licking Park District an even better destination for all.

Licking Park District Board of Commissioners Appoints New Park Director

Licking Park District’s Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Waugh as their new park director effective November 9, 2019. Mr. Waugh most recently served as the Licking Park District’s interim director. He also served on the Board of Commissioners for one year prior to his interim director appointment.

Richard Waugh’s past experience includes five years in public service with the City of Heath and nine years in engineering at ADR & Associates, Ltd in Newark. His background and wealth of experience in management and infrastructure will assist the Park District in its mission to acquire, manage, preserve, and conserve natural areas within Licking County while protecting wildlife and local history. He will continue to support the District’s goal of providing educational opportunities as well as health and wellness activities.

“I look forward to collaborating with the Park District’s many private and public partners across the county in the coming years. In the last two months, several projects have been or are currently being completed. Those projects include maintenance on the bike path, paving at Infirmary Mound Park, new gazebos and trees at the dog park, a canoe/kayak launch at Staddens Landing, a new composite deck bridge on the Buckeye Scenic Trail, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Licking County Commissioners to maintain a new preserve, Newell Recreation Preserve, in northwestern Licking County. LPD is looking forward to many new projects and continued programming opportunities in 2020 for Licking County residents.” — Richard Waugh

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