Director, Medina County Parks District
What began as a summer internship with Cleveland Metroparks has turned into a rewarding 20-year career in parks and recreation for Nate Eppink. Since October 2018, he has led the “small, but mighty” Medina County Park District, which currently manages 7,200 acres and nearly 50 different trails. Nate describes his position as the best job in Northeast Ohio, helping a staff of fewer than 40 employees make lives better, protect natural resources, and establish new areas for outdoor recreation. A certified parks and recreation professional, Nate serves on the boards of the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association and the Greater Medina Chamber, is an ex-officio trustee of Friends of Medina County Parks, a member of the Ohio Public Works Commission’s District 9 Natural Resources Assistance Council, and a professional advisory board member for Kent State University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Management Program. He lives in Medina County with his wife and three young children.