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Dawn Turnage is a 1988 graduate from Cardinal Mooney High School and she has 20 years of public service experience working with diverse populations in the areas of social services, criminal justice, and public service. Ms. Turnage has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University in 1994 and graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2005 with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Her heartbeat is serving her community, diligently working to improve the lives of others. Ms. Turnage's passion, combined with her previous experience working with The City of Westerville Parks and Recreation, afforded her the opportunity to be appointed by Mayor Jamael Tito Brown as the Director Parks of Recreation for the City of Youngstown, returning to where she was born and raised. Ms. Turnage is one of eighteen African-American female parks and recreation directors across the United States. Since the start of her position, she has been committed to providing a safe place where individuals and families can engage in community activities and programs. She is in her second year as the Director and in January 2019 was honored to receive the Hometown Hero Award. Dawn Turnage looks forward to continuing her work in the City of Youngstown.

The Parks and Recreation Department operates with 18 full time staff members and an average of 100- 150 seasonal employees. The department has 42 properties, which include 20 parks, the Henry Stambaugh Golf Course, Historical Wick Park, and the Northside City Pool.

Parks and Recreation are essential to enhancing our communities and keeping them strong and healthy. As communities transform, the role of parks and green spaces also shifts into a more complex element of urban parks planning and development. Our goal is to provide sustainable core programming, vital green space, community recreation, and economic development. The practice of redeveloping parks and open space has become the catalyst for revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the City of Youngstown.

Dawn Turnage is a member of the Steering Committee of the Healthy Community Partnership of the Mahoning Valley (HCP-MV), the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (ORPA), and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). She is also a member of the Mahoning County Children First Council (MCFCF), an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Epsilon Mu Omega Graduate Chapter, where she serves on several committees, and the Interim President of the Liberty Kiwanis Club.

Portrait of Dawn Turnage
Dawn Turnage

Director of Parks and Recreation

Appointed: 2018
Phone: (330) 742-8711
Fax: (330) 742-8715