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Independence Day Parade

Wednesday, July 4 4:30 pm

The parade will step off from the St. Hilary parking lot at 4:30 pm, head west on W. Market Street and conclude in the 3320 W. Market Street parking lot (directly across from Summit Mall) where trophies will be handed out. Judging done by the American Judges Association.


Brass Band of the Western Reserve & Fireworks Display

Underwritten by the Fairlawn Community Foundation

Wednesday, July 4 5:30 pm

The Fairlawn Community Foundation and the City of Fairlawn are proud to announce that this year’s 4th of July celebration will begin with music and end with fireworks at Bicentennial Park, located at 3486 South Smith Road. The annual free outdoor concert will feature a two hour performance by Mick & Rick beginning at 5:00 pm, followed by the Brass Band of the Western Reserve at 8:00 pm. The fireworks begin at about 10:00 pm. Please be aware that fireworks may go off anytime between 7:30 and 10:30, weather permitting.

The Fairlawn City Women’s Club and several food trucks will be selling refreshments. The Copley Fairlawn City Schools Transportation Department will be running free school bus shuttles to and from Summit Mall to Bicentennial Park. The shuttle may be picked up beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the west parking lot of Macy’s.

Assistant Parks & Recreation Director Position Opening

The Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation is a permanent part time managerial/administrative position in the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, reporting directly to the Director.  Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in recreation, sports management or a related field and one (1) year of related experience preferred.  

Send resume with cover letter to Laurie Beisecker, Fairlawn Parks & Recreation, 3487 S Smith Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333 by April 2, 2018.

Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Supervise summer recreation programs and staff
  • Order program supplies and equipment
  • Coordinate and evaluate summer sports clinics, children’s annual holiday parties, bus trips, volunteer programs, parades, and other group outings
  • Assist with community special events and activities including evening and weekend/holiday activities
  • Schedule the Fairlawn-Kiwanis Community Center according to rental policies and classifications
  • Prepare promotional flyers, press releases, displays and newspaper articles related to activities and events
  • Perform additional duties and assignments as requested

    Preferred Skills:
    • Ability to supervise
    • Ability to market and promote activities
    • Organizational skills
    • Deal effectively and positively with the public and others
    • Communicate effectively in written and oral form
    • Proficient in the English language
    • Operate computer utilizing Windows software, knowledge of Peak Performance Sportsman and Adobe Creative Suite will be given priority
    • Possess a valid Driver’s License

Starting Salary $14.25/hour negotiable with experience

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Park & Recreation Board
The Park and Recreation Board shall serve as an advisory body to the Mayor. Its purpose is to offer suggestions, recommendations, participation and direction to the Division of Parks and Recreation and advise the Director of Parks and Recreation as to the goals, policies and direction of the Division, as developed by the Director or as otherwise set forth in the Charter of the City of Fairlawn. The board meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm.

Mission Statement
The mission of the City of Fairlawn Parks and Recreation Department is to provide opportunities to enhance the quality of life for the residential, business and neighboring communities through a variety of recreational, educational, cultural and health-related activities and events. The goals of each activity and special events are to encourage individual, community, economic and environmental benefits in a safe, meaningful and healthy environment.
(Res. 1996-135. Passed 12-2-96)