Parks & Recreation Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • The 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Ypsilanti Senior Center 
    1015 N. Congress St
    Ypsilanti MI 48197

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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 Member  Term 
Evan Sweet, Chair
Phone: (313) 910-3890
Dec 2015 - Dec 1, 2018 
 Ashanti Harris, Vice Chair
Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020
 Cathy Thorburn, Secretary
Jun 2010 - May 1, 2020
 Linda Horne
Apr 2014 - Dec 1, 2018
 Ben Connor Barrie
Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020
 Kurt Kohlmann
Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020
 Amanda Marshall
Oct 2017 - Oct 17, 2020
 Lisa Voelker  Aug 2018 - Jul 1 2021
 Delois Wilson  Aug 2018 - Jul 1 2021
 Cherisa Allen  Aug 2018 - Jul 1 2021
Jul 2016 - Jun 2019

Helpful Documents


The Parks and Recreation Commission is appointed by City Council to ensure recreational programs and opportunities are afforded all citizens, by encouraging public-private partnerships between the City, local businesses, organizations, neighborhoods, Washtenaw County, and neighboring townships and by encouraging volunteerism. The goal of the Recreation Commission is to seek sustainable alternatives and methods for making recreational programming available to the citizens of the City of Ypsilanti.

If you are interested in serving on the Commission, please fill out our online interest form. For more information contact the Planning Department at 734-483-9646.
Term length for Commissioners is 3 years.

Events & Programs

Fitness in the Parks Series 

Join the Ann Arbor YMCA and Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation for a series of  monthly Saturday morning classes from May through September! More details on our 2019 program coming soon!

Fall River Day - September 22, 2019 - Riverside Park

Mark your calender's for our 2019 Fall River Day on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Come enjoy the fall colors along our Huron River! Fall River Day consists of exhibits and programs from 12pm until 3pm in Riverside Park (north end, entrance on Cross Street just east of Huron Street) along with canoe/kayak trips, programs, displays and walks, all next to the Huron River. More details on our 2019 event coming soon!

Adopt-A-Park Program

The Adopt-A-Park program was developed to encourage neighbors, community groups, local businesses, and service clubs to dig in to help keep our community’s Parks and Recreation system vibrant. From larger community-wide parks that host major events, to neighborhood pocket parks and tot lots, this public green space in our community is a major asset of our City and used by a diversity of residents. 

Lean more about the Adopt-A-Park program and adopt a park today!

Parks & Facilities

The City of Ypsilanti has a variety of public parks and facilities. They provide residents with recreational opportunities, sports, playgrounds, festivals, fishing, gardening, and fitness classes. For a map and detailed listing of all park amenities, click here

Recreation Programming 

Recreation programs and services are offered in partnership with the following organizations

Rutherford Pool - 975 North Congress St Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Ypsilanti Senior Center - 1015 North Congress St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Parkridge Community Center - 591 Armstrong St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation - 2960 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

Ann Arbor YMCA Ypsilanti Programs - 400 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 

Ypsilanti Township Recreation & Parks - 2025 E. Clark Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 

Recreation Facility Rentals

If you're looking for a great space to host a birthday party, baby shower, wedding, graduation party, company function or any gathering or meeting, the City of Ypsilanti has multiple recreation facilities to meet your needs 

Ypsilanti Senior Center - The facility is perfect for family reunions, parties, showers, and receptions;  community classes; club meetings; and the services of faith-based organizations. To rent the Senior Center or for more information click here.

Ypsilanti Freighthouse - The facility provides an environmentally sound gathering place for recreation, celebration, arts, education and local activities.To rent the Freighthouse or for more information click here.   

Rutherford Pool - The facility is available for rental at times that the Pool is not normally scheduled for programming.  The Pool is not able to be rented after dark due to safety issues. To rent Rutherford Pool or for more information click here.