Zielinski to bid Berlin Parks & Rec panel adieu

Published on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:34
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN -- Len Zielinski will officiate his last meeting as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday after 14 years in the position.

Zielinski, 76, will then leave the commission after 33 years of service.

“It’s time to get some new blood in,” said Zielinski. “I’ve enjoyed it.”

“We got lights at Zipadelli Field, turf at Scalise Field, some new fields,” said Zielinski. The private establishment and growth of a girls soccer league was another accomplishment for him, he added.

He said the recent establishment of the Public Golf Commission was not a factor in his decision to step down.

The Public Golf Commission was established to oversee Timberlin Golf Course, which has run in the red in recent years under the purview of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Zielinski said during the process that he wasn’t sure why it was being created, citing the hard work his commission put into the golf course.

“We made a lot of changes. We really looked at statistics,” said Zielinski. He said the commission was able to generate revenue by taking control of the golf carts again.

“We tried to care for the golfers. It’s been improving.”

He’s added he’s going to miss Jen Ochoa, director of community, recreation and park services for the town, and Debbie Dennis, superintendent of recreation for the town. Both worked under the guidance of the Parks & Recreation Cmmission. He’ll also miss all the interactions with people, he said.

The commission will appoint a new chairman at its February meeting, Zielinski said.

As for his current job as budget analyst for the town for the past 15 years, Zelinski said he’s staying.

“Kevin is doing some really exciting things,” Zielinski said of the head of his department, Finance Director Kevin Delaney.

He also gets to continue to work with numbers, with no stress, he said.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:34. Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:36.