Parks & Recreation Foundation

The City of Worthington is in the process of forming a Parks & Recreation Foundation and is seeking community members to serve on the initial Board of Directors. 


For several years, the City of Worthington has discussed the idea of a parks and recreation foundation to support and enhance parks and recreation services in Worthington in coordination with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.  The Parks and Recreation Commission advocated for a foundation as a part of their recommendations in the Parks Master Plan which was adopted by City Council in 2017.  Since then, staff have researched various models and worked with commission and council members to refine a structure and create a process to form an initial foundation board. 

Foundation’s Mission

The Foundation is created and operated to enhance the City’s parks and related recreational resources for the enjoyment and benefit of the community of Worthington, and to do so by inspiring and organizing the engagement and contributions of the public, independent from, but in coordination with, the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation.

Next Steps

The City of Worthington is seeking applicants for the inaugural Parks and Recreation Foundation Board of Directors. Applicants must be residents of the City of Worthington. See Board Member Position Description

Interested applicants are asked to submit an application online.  A panel consisting of City Council members, Parks and Recreation Commission Members, and city staff will review the applications and recommend a pool to the full City Council for final selections.  It is anticipated the initial board will consist of nine members.  Once appointed, the new board of directors will adopt bylaws, finalize an agreement with the City of Worthington, and finalize the structural aspects of their operation. 

Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2023.  

Contact Information

Please email Project Supervisor Celia Thornton with questions or for more information.