Parks & Recreation Commission
|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
- Parks and Recreation Commissioner Description of Duties
- Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2014-2019, body only (PDF)
- Parks and Recreation Commission Rules of Procedure and Bylaws
- Rutherford Pool Brochure 2017
- Resolution Certifying July at Parks and Recreation Month
- 2018 Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting Schedule.pdf
- Parks and Recreation Ordinance (Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances)
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!
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.
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 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.