By Kevin Kelley
Fairview Park’s new recreation director brings more than 18 years of experience managing municipal recreation departments.
Massillon’s director of parks and recreation since January 2006, Ken Kaminski was unanimously approved by Fairview Park City Council members as the city’s new recreation director March 19. His first day on the job will be April 16.
Kaminski succeeds Tim Pinchek, who resigned late last year to take a job with the North Royalton Family YMCA.
“Our goal is always to continue to meet the needs of our residents,” Mayor Eileen Patton said of her appointee. “And I believe we will be working toward that goal as Ken will be an outstanding addition to our team over at the Gemini Center.”
As Fairview Park recreation director, Kaminski will be responsible for managing the Gemini Center, the city’s $19-million recreation center that opened in 2008, as well as the city’s parks.
“I’m really excited about starting April 16,” Kaminski told City Council members after being sworn in by Patton. “The mayor has done an incredible job with the parks and recreation department, and I hope to carry that on and just make it better throughout my years here.”
Ward 2 Councilman Paul Wojnar, council’s representative to the Recreation Commission, said that body interviewed Kaminski and strongly recommended council approve the mayor’s appointment.
During his six years as Massillon’s parks and recreation director, Kaminski oversaw 34 parks, a recreation center, senior center and 27-hole golf course.
Before taking the Massillon jobs, Kaminski was director of parks and recreation in Medina for more than 11 years.
The recreation departments of both Massillon and Medina have joint operating agreements on the use of facilities with their respective school districts, just as the Fairview Park recreation department does.
A 1991 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College’s sports management and business program, Kaminski also served for one year as director of recreation for Jefferson, Ohio, in the early 1990s.