Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks (Metro Parks) welcomes Aryeh Alex to its Board of Park Commissioners after being sworn in by Franklin County Probate Court Judge Jeffrey Mackey on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Alex joins JB Hadden and George McCue, replacing longtime board member Jim McGregor, who recently retired from the board after eight years of outstanding leadership and commitment to the park district.
“With his daily outings along park trails, Aryeh truly channels the spirit and dedication of longtime Metro Parks board member, outdoorsmen and hiking enthusiast Tad Jeffrey,” said Metro Parks Executive Director Tim Moloney.
Currently leading the Keep Columbus Beautiful program, Alex works toward achieving the Climate Action Plan goals of waste reduction, recycling and sustainability efforts. Prior to his time at the City of Columbus, Alex has a long history of advocating for Metro Parks and protecting our natural resources.
“There is nothing more amazing than being out on a trail, floating down a creek, or participating in a park nature program,” said Alex.
Serving as president for three terms and vice-president for one term on the Friends of Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks board of directors, Alex focused on expanding park access for all, including underserved communities, and creating opportunities for individuals to experience nature for the first time, all while campaigning for a countywide levy that funds operations of the park district for a decade.
“We have the best parks in all of Ohio,” said Alex, a daily Metro Parks guest himself. “As Central Ohio continues to grow, our parks must reflect the diverse communities that make up our region by continuing to create a welcoming and inclusive space for all people, and I’m excited to help lead in these efforts.”
By Ohio law, Metro Parks is governed by a three-member board of park commissioners appointed by the probate judge of Franklin County, and the board establishes all rules and regulations, approves land acquisitions and controls all funds. Each commissioner serves without pay for a three-year term, with one member’s term expiring each year.
Please join us in welcoming Aryeh Alex to the Metro Parks Board of Park Commissioners!