Derby Parks & Recreation Commission
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Something healthy - The Valley Fitness Challenge
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The City of Derby maintains an active Parks & Recreation Commission that supports a variety of programs which are largely run by volunteers and supported by the City. The City is also fortunate to have both the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers flowing through it and large and scenic tracts of open land in Osbornedale State Park and the Witek Memorial Park.
The City's programs and facilities are under the stewardship of the Parks & Recreation Commission and a Director of Parks & Recreation. The Derby Park and Recreation Commission is appointed by the mayor with the approval of the Board of Alderman. Members serve three year terms. The Commission is responsible for recreation facilities and programs operated by the City of Derby for the benefit of its citizens. It has seven voting members. The Parks & Recreation Director and the Athletic Director of Derby High School are ex-officio members reporting to the Commission. The Parks & Recreation Director is Dennis O'Connell.
The members of the commission are:
Dennis O'Connell is the Parks & Recreation Director and Joe Orazietti is the Athletic Director, Derby High School. They are ex-officio members of the Commission.
The Parks and Recreation Director is a part-time employee of the City. The Commission is grateful to the City of Derby Public Works Department for their work in maintaining the City's facilities, to the Board of Education for allowing many of the programs to be held in their facilities, and to the hundreds of volunteers who operate the programs. The Commission maintains an office in the Derby Veterans Community Center.
The purpose of these pages is to acquaint you with the many opportunities available to residents and to seek feedback and recommendations for improvements. Click on any of the links to learn more about that subject.
Parks & Rec was the first city board or commission to post its budget, agendas and minutes on-line. Please take time to read them and see what is happening.
Commodore Hull Race - A Thanksgiving Morning Tradition
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The Derby Greenway - includes video, photos & a challenge