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100 Applicants, 1 Chosen: Naturalist Tapped as Avon Lake’s New Recreation Director

Gary Gerrone, a 30-year employee of the Lorain County Metro Parks, will head Avon Lake's recreation department

Gary Gerrone, a 30-year employee of the Lorain County Metro Parks, was selected from approximately 100 applicants to replace Parks and Recreation Director Alex Nichols, who left last month to accept employment with the YMCA.

Gerrone,  a lifelong resident of Avon Lake, will start on April 4.He received unanimous approval from City Council March 14.  His annual compensation has been set at $51,312.56. 

“Looking at his resume it’s obvious he is qualified,” Councilman Dan Bucci said. “He’s developed and initiated programs for the MetroParks,” Bucci said.

He is a great find for our community,” Mayor KC Zuber added. “He has a willingness to come in and do different things.”

 Zuber noted Gerrone has initiated thousands of programs in his more than 30 years with the Metro Parks. He joined the Metro Parks as a naturalist in 1980 and became a naturalist supervisor for the Metro Parks in 1991. He is responsible for overseeing programming for eight Metro Parks including marketing, publishing newsletters, an e-newsletter and managing the Metro Parks website.

Avon Lake’s Recreation Director is responsible for recreational programs including youth, adult and senior programs, the new Ellen Trivonovich Aquatic Center, the and special programs including the summer concert series and Light Up The Park festival.

Gerrone said he was thrilled with being approved  by council, noting that he once worked not just for the community pool when he was in college, but actually worked with Ellen Trivonovich, the namesake of the city’s pool.

And while Gerrone is a naturalist he said that programs leaning in that direction are  possible he said programs he initiates will be resident driven.

 “I’ll be listening to what programs the residents are interested in,” he said.

 He was instrumental in creating the Splash Zone, Lorain County Metro Parks' Aquatic and Fitness Center that opened last year in Oberlin.

 Gerrone authored the Images of America, Lorain County Metro Parks, The First 50 Years, published in 2007.

Todd March 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Congrats!
Jill Ralston March 16, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Congratulations! I look forward to working with Gary in our continued partnership between Avon Lake Public Library and the city of Avon Lake.
Eileen March 16, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Congratulations Gary! I am so excited for you. I will miss you at TrueNorth, although I have relinquished my position of Concession Stand manager. Eileen Niedbalski
Donna Rinaldi Goodwin March 16, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Congratulations Gary! You are the perfect fit.

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