Parks & Recreation Board

Meets: 2nd Tuesday each month at the Opelika Sportsplex

Time: 5:30 PM or 7:00 PM

Length of Term: 5 years

Appointed by: Opelika City Council

Required / Purpose: The Parks & Recreation Board is an unincorporated board organized under Sections 11-86-1 through 11-86-6, Code of Alabama. The Board directs, supervises and promotes the recreation programs of the City.  It is also responsible for the employment of the Director.

This meeting is open to the public. To reach the park board or present an agenda item, please email Sam Bailey.

Parks & Recreation Board Members


Russell L. Melnick, Chairman

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  • Date Appointed: 03/06/18
  • Date Term Expires: 03/15/23

Vanessa Bauman

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  • Date Appointed: 03/16/17
  • Date Term Expires: 03/15/22

Tony Hoyett

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  • Date Appointed: 03/16/17
  • Date Term Expires: 03/15/22

Shirley Lazenby

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  • Date Appointed: 03/16/19
  • Date Term Expires: 03/15/24

Jasper Snipes

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  • Date Appointed: 03/16/16
  • Date Term Expires: 03/15/26