Westlake Welcomes New Recreation Director, Wishes Bob DeMinico Well in Retirement

by Robert Rozboril, City of Westlake

The City of Westlake welcomed Paula Horner as its new Recreation Director. Horner brings with her more than 20 years of experience, having served as the Rec Director for the City of Broadview Heights for the past 11 years and as the city’s Recreation Manager before that.

Horner oversaw the development of the Broadview Heights Community and Recreation Center, which was completed in 2018. She was a charter member of two committees formed in support
of a pair of bond issues necessary to fund the project. She also helped to secure grant funding to expand the community’s recreation amenities.

Horner looks forward to being involved with the continuing development of a master plan for Meadowood Golf Course and collaborating with the Community Services Department on new
joint programming initiatives.

Bob DeMinico Retires as Westlake Recreation Director

The City of Westlake recently gave Recreation Director Bob DeMinico a small, socially distanced sendoff at the Recreation Center, capping his nearly 16-year career with the city. DeMinico has
overseen numerous development projects during his time at the helm of the Westlake Recreation Department, including many conceived as part of the 2015 Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

Mayor Dennis M. Clough presented DeMinico a Proclamation declaring that Dec. 18, 2020, would be named in his honor. A handful of speakers said a few words about what DeMinico has
meant to the City of Westlake and its recreational facilities, including Past Parks & Rec Commissioner Bud Tetzlaff, Westlake Engineering Director Bob Kelly and current Westlake Recreation Commissioner Dale Smith.

Some of the notable additions and enhancements to the city’s recreation amenities during DeMinico’s tenure include the Westlake Aquatic Center & Peterson Pool, the Clague Memorial Baseball Fields, $6 million in upgrades and renovations to the Rec Center (roof repairs, HVAC, locker room, gymnasium and swimming pool enhancements), an 18,000-square-foot fitness room addition, a new pedestrian bridge in Clague Park and new pickleball courts at Tri City Park.

DeMinico initiated the Corporate Partnership Program and started the Corporate Challenge, which will be in its 14th year in 2021.

 

 

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