Lesa Miller retiring after 25 years with Granville recreation - The Newark Advocate

Lesa Miller has been a vital member of the Granville recreation's transformation over the last two decades. But now it's time to step away. 

After 25 years, Miller is retiring as

the program director for the Granville Recreation District. Her last day is June 30. 

Lesa Miller with parts of the original Wildwood Park playground built in 1993. Miller and her husband were general coordinators for the original building project and the new park was built while she was program director with the Granville Rec District. Miller is retiring June 30. She started in 1997 with the Granville Rec Commission as a part-time, work from home job.

Back in 1997, Miller and her husband, Jerry, now the Granville Township fiscal officer, took over as part-time co-directors of the entity, then called the Granville Recreation Commission. 

The Millers spent 10 years running the rec commission from their home, just as their predecessors, Rod and Debbie McPeek, did before them. 

Miller said her work with the rec district has been both personal and deeply rewarding. 

"It really started as just, you know, parents wanting to have something organized for their kids to do and know that it was well run and well taken care of. I'm very proud it has gone from two part time people 25 years ago to, I think, we have seven full time employees now," she said. "I'm very proud of what we do in the community."

Throughout her tenure, the rec district has grown its community programs, such as the Concerts on the Green series, an annual Easter Egg Hung, games for all ages during the Granville Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration. 

Miller said the rec district has more than doubled the youth sports it offers over the last 25 years. Now children can participate in spring soccer, tackle football, cheerleading, lacrosse and other sports through the district. 

"We have really done a good job of finding a way to add programming whether it's sports or otherwise, to our offerings, and that's how we've just continued to grow," she said. 

That growth, Miller said, is due partly to the dozens of volunteers who help with community events, programs and sports. 

"We rely on volunteers and I think that's kudos to this community. For people that step up, whether they're coaching a sport or instructing a class," she said. "That's what makes this community great is all the people. We could not do what we do without the volunteers, and that's just the truth of the matter, and we would not be successful if it weren't for them."

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