FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council unanimously approved the Mayor’s nominations to the Parks & Recreation Commission, last night, August 16.
In July, Mayor Charlie Sisitsky re-nominated District 3 resident Tony Tolson to the 5-member Parks & Recreation Commission.
Tolson, a lifelong Framingham resident who grew up in District 9, has 20+ years of youth sports programming having coached youth football and basketball. He is the recipient of the 2012 Salute to Framingham award. His son is employed by the City of Framingham Parks & Recreation Department. His term will now end on June 30, 2025.
Also in July, Mayor Sisitsky appoint District 9 resident Jose Ferreira to the Commission.
District 3 resident Bob Berman did not apply for re-appointment to the Commission
Ferreira, who moved to Framingham in 1985 from the Dominican Republican, has been involved in Framingham as a coach and with the community gardens program. He is trilingual speaking English, Spanish & Portuguese.
The role of the commission shall include:
- Performing statutory functions assigned to Parks and Recreation Commissions.
- Promoting the use of and advocating the benefits of parks and recreational services.
- Suggesting recreational programs to be implemented by the Park and Recreation Department.
- Advising the Mayor in the areas of public policy and long-range planning of recreation facilities for community use and public enjoyment.
The current chair of the Parks & Recreation Commission is Kathy Hauck, a District 3 resident. Her term is up in June 2024. (Editor’s Note: City paperwork said she lived in D1 but she is precinct 21, which is D3.)
The current vice chair is Dave Gudejko, who lives in District 1. His term is up in June 2023.
The fifth member of the Commission is Shannon Stevens, a District 8 resident. She is the founder of FramBark, which advocated for the City’s first dog park which finally opened this summer. Her term ends in June 2024. (Editor’s Note: City paperwork said she lived in D4 but she is D8.)