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Michael A. Black Announces Resignation as Director of Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission

The Director of APRC, Michael A. Black, has resigned to accept a new position in a director role with a different city. The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission and the City of Ashland wish Director Black the best in his future endeavors. Director Black’s last day with the City will be Friday, July 14, 2023. Black notes, “After almost nine years with APRC, it is time for me to pass the torch to open new perspectives and growth--- for both myself, and the organization.”
Black began his career with APRC in 2014. Since that time, his accomplishments have been many and varied. Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Leslie Eldridge, commented, “Director Black has implemented outstanding projects during his tenure with APRC. He rebuilt Garfield Park and added the beloved Splash Pad, a community favorite during the summer months. He expanded recreational opportunities that include open space access through the acquisition of land. He also served as project manager of the authentic Japanese Garden in Lithia Park, which was completed in the fall of 2022 and had over 2K attendees at the opening celebration, some from as far north as Seattle, and others as far south as San Francisco. These are just a few examples of his labor.”
“The Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the community appreciate and acknowledge Director Black’s commitment to the City of Ashland. We are grateful for his service. His expertise will be missed,” stated Mayor, Tonya Graham. 
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Released June 1, 2023 

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