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Licking Park District gets new director

NEWARK – The Licking Park District Board of Commissioners announced this week that Richard Campitelli has been selected as the park district’s new director.

He replaces Bob Williams who left in May to become the City of Alexandria, Virginia’s division chief for natural resources.

Campitelli is coming from Athens, OH, where he and his family live on a 13 acre farm. He also owns and cares for a 280 acre tree farm. Campitelli has a Master of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University, each with a concentration in recreational studies. From 2008-2017 he served as Director of Athens Community Arts, Parks, and Recreation. For eight years prior, he served as assistant director.

Campitelli is a member of the Ohio and National Parks and Recreation Associations and is the assistant chairperson of the Hock-Hocking Adena Bikeway Committee. He was honored by the City of Athens with the Leadership Award in 2012 for networking and community outreach.

Campitelli has been successful in writing and receiving a $352,000 NatureWorks Grant for a Path to Pond trail, a Nature- Works Grant for a Multi-Sports facility, and a Division of Watercraft Grant for a boat ramp and parking area.

He starts with the park district on Tuesday, September 5. Rich will be joining us on September 5th. The district is planning to introduce Campitelli to the community at a “meet and greet” the last week of September. .

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