PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 7, 2019

Former MCPD Director and Naturalist Staff Honored by OPRA

In recognition of his 47 years of service to the parks and recreation industry in Ohio, retired Medina County Park District Director Tom James has been honored with the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s 2018 Harvey Woods Lifetime Achievement Award. James received the award February 5 during OPRA’s annual conference in Sandusky.

OPRA is a 2,000-member, non-profit, public-interest organization that works to provide quality park and recreational facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving natural resources. More than 800 parks professionals attended this year’s four-day conference.

The Harvey Woods Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes leaders who have excelled not only in their day-to-day responsibilities over the course of at least a 30-year career but who have also worked to mentor young professionals and have taken an active role at the state and national level.

James came to Medina County Park District from Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in 1993. On his arrival in Medina County, the park district consisted of approximately 1,000 acres, including seven public parks and preserves. In the 25 years of Tom’s stewardship, the park district protected an additional 5,500 acres of land and opened 10 more parks, trails, and preserves. James oversaw the creation of a comprehensive environmental education program and brought $8 million to the park district in grant funding for land preservation and capital improvements. He retired in December 2018.

James received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Kent State University and is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Revenue Sources Management School. His previous awards include OPRA Professional of the Year in 2012 and Leadership Medina County’s Excellence in Public Service Leadership Award in 2016. He has served on numerous boards including: Ohio Parks and Recreation Foundation, North Coast Regional Council of Park Districts, District 9 Natural Resources Assistance Council, Friends of Medina County Parks, Cloverleaf Local Schools Board of Education, Medina County Community Improvement Board, and Medina County Solid Waste Policy Committee.

Also at OPRA’s annual conference, the park district’s interpretive services staff was honored with an Award of Excellence for Putting Through the Ages -- an indoor mini-golf adventure that takes players on a journey through Ohio’s geologic history. The award, accepted on behalf of the staff by Interpretive Services Manager Shelley Tender, recognizes efforts to transcend everyday standards to improve the quality of life in Ohio communities.

The 12-hole mini-golf course was created to offer families a fun, free, and educational activity to enjoy during the winter months. Designed and constructed by park district staff and volunteers, Putting Through the Ages attracted more than 3,000 visitors from around the region.

Photo caption: (From left) Retired Medina County Park District Director Tom James accepts the 2018 Harvey Woods Lifetime Achievement Award from Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Executive Director Woody Woodward and Board President Bill Tschirhart, chief of administration for Five Rivers Metroparks.


Updated 2-4-19

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Nov. 29, 2018

All Advisories Lifted for Chippewa Lake

Following two consecutive weeks of water test results showing algal toxins below the 6 parts per billion threshold, all public health advisories have been lifted for Chippewa Lake.

Test results from water samples taken on Nov. 26 show algal toxin levels of 2.67 ppb. This represents a decrease from 4.16 ppb on Nov. 19. Per Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy for Recreational Waters, a Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued when toxin levels reach 6 ppb. It warns vulnerable persons as well as pets to avoid contact with the water. When toxin levels reach 20 ppb, an Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued, warning all persons and pets to avoid all contact with the water. Warnings remain in effect until two consecutive tests taken at least one week apart show levels have dropped below these thresholds.

Medina County Park District will continue to monitor Chippewa Lake water conditions as needed. For updates, please visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com.

Past test results:

Sample dates--Test results--Action

May 2018

May 3--4.06 ppb--No action taken

May 15--12.6 ppb--Public Health Advisory issued

May 29--21.2 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued                 

June 2018

June 5--11.7 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains                

June 12--18.1 ppb--Warning downgraded to Recreational Public Health Advisory

June 19--22.3 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued                 

June 26--2.02 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

July 2018

July 2--2.61 ppb--All advisories lifted

July 10--1.60 ppb--No advisories in place

July 17--7.40 ppb--Public Health Advisory issued

July 24--11 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

July 31--8.58 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

August 2018

August 7--12.9 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

August 14--19.4 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

August 21-- 22.4 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued   

August 27--38.36 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains   

September 2018

September 4--19 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

September 11-- 9.18 ppb-- Advisory downgraded to Recreational Public Health Advisory    

September 18--37 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued    

September 25--12.1 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 2018

October 2-- 28.6 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 9--19.2 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 16--25.6 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 23--35.3 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

October 30--22 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

November 2018

November 5--16.7 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

November 13--10.5 ppb--Advisory downgraded to Recreational Public Health Advisory

November 19--4.16 ppb--Recreational Public Public Health Advisory remains

November 26--2.67 ppb--All advisories lifted

December 2018 -- 0.22 ppb--No advisories in place

January 2019 --<0.14 ppb--No advisories in place

 

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