The Purchasing Division, a division of the Finance Department, processes and handles more than 75 formal bidding opportunities and over 28,000 other purchasing related items in excess of $35 million, excluding non-payroll expenditures throughout Cleveland Metroparks.
Bids include commodity items (such as automotive supplies, aggregated stone, paper products, animal feed, office supplies, janitorial, and other services) and construction contracts (such as paving, building renovation, facility construction, etc.)
The Purchasing Division has won the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award for 13 straight years (2010-2023 and 14 over all) from NPI and in 2022 earned the Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD) from NIGP for a three (3) year period. Each provides procurement departments with an opportunity to show they meet the overall best practices in procurement.
The Purchasing Division will maintain, with a high degree of financial integrity, a continuous supply of goods and services necessary to support the quality of conservation, education, and recreation services
common to Cleveland Metroparks.
The Purchasing Division will be a leader in best practices for the procurement of goods and services; and sustainable procurement standards that provides essential benefits to the citizens and guests of the Park District.
Honesty and Integrity Integrity is the guidepost in all our affairs as it is required to earn and promote the trust of all stakeholders.
Trust Develop relationships with co-workers, departments, and vendors on trust and mutual respect.
Teamwork Work together to accomplish tasks and deliver prompt, accurate services, and resources to work to a common goal(s).
Sustainability Use financial resources in a sustainable manner for the life cycle of goods, products or services.
Guest Focus Provide excellent customer service to our internal clients (staff), vendors and guests.
Communication Provide open and honest communication with all clients (staff, vendors, and guests).
Education Provide continuous educational opportunities to Purchasing Staff towards certifications and other procurement related activities.
Our objectives are, but not limited to:
- To purchase materials and services for Cleveland Metroparks at the maximum end-use value per dollar spent.
- To provide leadership in the standardization of materials, suppliers, equipment, services, procedures, and any other categorical unit.
- To plan and project needs of services and materials in a manner considerate of Cleveland Metroparks overall mission and reputation.
- To protect the interest of Cleveland Metroparks, the interest of the taxpayers in Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township to assure fair and unbiased treatment to all vendors and suppliers.
Under the direction of the Board of Park Commissioners and Chief Executive Officer, the Purchasing Division has the responsibility of procurement related activities throughout the Park District and making the final determination for sources of supply, quantities purchased, delivery schedule and price negotiations of all goods and services.
The Purchasing Division is committed to taking an instructive, supportive and interactive role in daily expenditures of Cleveland Metroparks. Our commitment guarantees the taxpayer the ultimate dollar value and ensures the financial integrity of Cleveland Metroparks.
The Purchasing Staff facilitates all purchasing related activity to guarantee the daily operation and expenditures are followed according to the Cleveland Metroparks and Purchasing guidelines. The dedicated staff works seamlessly to ensure such actions and guidelines are met.
Attn: Purchasing Division
4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, Oh 44144
Phone Number: 216.635.3200
Charlie Rosol, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Director of Procurement
Michelle McHale, MBA