Parks & Recreation Board


  • 6 p.m.
  • The 3rd Tuesday of each month
  • Fairfield Community Arts Center
    411 Wessel Drive
    Fairfield, OH 45014


  • Daniel Hongell, 1st Ward Representative
    Term expires: March 31, 2025
  • Dan Prior, 2nd Ward Representative
    Term expires: March 31, 2024
  • Douglas Meece, 3rd Ward Representative
    Term expires: March 31, 2026
  • Mindy Muller, 4th Ward Representative
    Term expires: March 31, 2025
  • Gwen Ritchie, Citizen-At-Large Representative
    Term expires: March 31, 2024
  • Scott Clark, Fairfield City School Board Representative
  • Gwen Brill, Fairfield City Council Representative

About the Board

The mission of Fairfield Parks and Recreation is to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of the community, sustain the City’s natural resources and environment, and provide broad based leisure activities, cultural opportunities, facilities and services for all ages.

Duties & Functions

The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Board is charged with the following powers, duties and functions:

  • To determine the programs and activities of the City regarding parks and recreation. These programs and activities and the Department of Parks and Recreation shall be administered, operated, maintained, directed, controlled and supervised by the city manager.
  • The compensation and the number of employees provided for Park and Recreation programs and activities shall be determined by the Council. Upon authorization of the city manager, employees provided for Park and Recreation programs and activities may be utilized to perform work for the other departments, or sub-units thereof, and boards and commissions of the City.
  • The appointment and/or promotion of the director and assistant director of the Department of Parks and Recreation by the city manager shall be subject to the prior approval of the Parks and Recreation Board.
  • To recommend to the Council that the Council submit additional tax levies and bond issues to a vote of the electors to provide for current operating expenses and permanent improvements for parks and recreation purposes. This division shall not limit or expand the Council’s power to levy taxes or to issue bonds for parks or recreation purposes.
  • To authorize expenditures of moneys and the awarding of contracts for the operation and maintenance of the City’s parks and recreation programs as provided by Section 9.02 of the City’s charter.
  • When the City owns or is trustee of property or funds donated to the City for park purposes, such property or funds shall be managed and administered, on behalf of the City, by the Parks and Recreation Board in accordance with the provisions and conditions of the deed of gift, devise, bequest or other instrument making the donation or creating the trust; and the Board shall have, in addition to powers granted by the City’s charter and the City’s ordinances and resolutions, the powers granted to boards of park trustees under Section 755.22 of the Revised Code of Ohio, as it may be amended from time to time, or any successor statute to that section, to the extent such statutory powers are not in conflict with and are consistent with Fairfield’s charter.
  • To adopt rules and regulations and systems of streets, boulevards or parkways as the Board believes to be in the best interest of the efficient and orderly use and operation of the City’s parks and recreation areas. Such rules and regulations shall be adopted in the same form and manner provided by the City’s charter for the adoption of ordinances and resolutions by the Council and shall be effective as an ordinance of the City. Copies of such rules and regulations and the proceedings of the Board relative to their adoption shall be filed with and maintained by the Clerk of Council.
  • Property under the control of the Board shall not be transferred, or used for any but park or recreation purposes except with the consent of the Board. The Board shall have all other powers conferred upon boards of park commissioners by general laws which are not in conflict with the City’s charter, but Council may modify such laws and may designate boulevards, streets and highways in the parks and parkways as part of the public street and road system of the City, and give to the city manager supervision over the construction, repair and maintenance thereof. Such action shall be by ordinance which, unless it is approved by the Board of Park Commissioners, shall require a vote of three-fourths of the members elected to the Council.
  • To perform such other powers, duties and functions as conferred on the Board under the City’s charter or by the ordinances and resolutions of the City.