Parks & Recreation Commission
|Evan Sweet, CPRP - Chair
Phone: (313) 910-3890
|Dec 2015 - Jul 1, 2022
| Ben Connor-Barrie, Vice Chair
||Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020
| Cathy Thorburn, Secretary
||Jun 2010 - May 1, 2020
| Kurt Kohlmann
||Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020|
| Amanda Marshall
||Oct 2017 - Oct 17, 2020
|Cherisa Allen||Aug 2018 - Jul 1 2021|
|Julia Collins||Jul 2019 - Jul 2022|
|Dillon Navarre||May 2019 - Jul 2022|
- 2020 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting Schedule
- Parks and Recreation Commissioner Description of Duties
- Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2014-2019, body only (PDF)
- City of Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation Commission Annual Report - 2018
- Parks and Recreation Commission Rules of Procedure and Bylaws
- Resolution Certifying July at Parks and Recreation Month
- Parks and Recreation Ordinance (Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances)
- Poolhouse Project Manual
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
Ypsilanti Parks Virtual 5K
Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation has partnered with The mParks Foundation to host a Virtual 5K (3.1 miles) during the month of September, to raise funds for park projects in the Ypsilanti City Park System.
You can run, walk, skateboard, SUP, bike, surf, handcycle or swim a 5K anytime during the month of September.
Participants Will Receive:
• Participation Medal
• Healthier body
When registering select "Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation" from the list of communities to support.
A significant portion of each registration will be used for a project in the Ypsilanti Park System. The project that race funds will be used towards is placing a historical marker in the City of Ypsilanti's Candy Cane Park to honor Carolyn King. The first female baseball player on a little league team.
Background for historical marker:
In May of 1973, a 12-year-old girl in pigtails from Ypsilanti, Michigan made history by taking on the largest youth sports organization in America. Carolyn King was simply looking to play baseball when she tried out for a spot in the Ypsilanti American Little League. She went to the tryouts with her younger brother, and impressed the coaches with her strong throwing arm and her speed. The coach of the Orioles was looking for a center fielder, and he thought that Carolyn might fit the bill, so he drafted her. One problem: In 1951, the National Little League organization in Williamsport, Pa., had enacted a rule that specifically said girls were not eligible to play. National officials felt the sport of baseball was too dangerous for girls, so they decided to restrict their leagues to boys. The National Little League threatened to pull the local league’s charter if Carolyn played, but the City of Ypsilanti said that if she didn’t play, the league couldn’t use the city’s fields. When she suited up for the Orioles in their first game – making history in the process – the National Little League followed through on its threat to pull the local league’s charter. That set up a summer of controversy and showdowns in Ypsilanti that strongly divided the community as the case headed to federal court. It made national headlines in 1973, and landed the story on the evening news. In the middle of it all was a 12-year-old in pigtails who simply wanted to play baseball. Carolyn’s case and the national uproar it caused prompted National Little League officials to drop their boys-only rule. In 1974, thanks to Carolyn King, girls became eligible to play Little League baseball. The Ypsilanti American Little League founded in 1953, is the oldest Little League in Michigan and the first in the world to include a female player.
Ypsilanti Park Coloring Sheets
City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation & Ypsilanti Township Recreation have created a set of coloring sheets while students are home. You can download and print the PDF files and watch for more to come in the near future.
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
Ypsilanti Township Recreation & Parks - 2025 E. Clark Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
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
Pavilions may be reserved for special events on an hourly basis (two hour minimum). Pavilions that can be reserved are located in Candy Cane Park, Parkridge Park, Peninsular Park, Prospect Park, and Recreation Park, and Waterworks Park. The Gazebo at Riverside Park can also be reserved. To request a pavilion please complete the request form below
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. The Senior Center is owned by the City of Ypsilanti, and operated by the Friends of the Senior Center.
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. The Freighthouse is proudly owned and operated by the City of Ypsilanti.
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. The Rutherford Pool is owned by the City of Ypsilanti, and operated by the Friends of Rutherford Pool.
Partnerships & Promotions
Detroit Zoo Discounted Tickets
We are excited to announce that City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation has joined the Detroit Zoo’s TICKETS & MORE Online Discount program!. You may now buy specially priced tickets for the Detroit Zoo online with the added convenience of printing your tickets and then presenting them at the Zoo entrance. Simply visit our exclusive Detroit Zoo Tickets & More Discount Online Ticket Store in either of the following two ways: 1: Click here for the discounted tickets store. 2: Go direct to the online store 24/7 from any computer at: https://tickets.detroitzoo.org and enter the exclusive store name password: YPSIPARKS. Purchasing tickets has never been easier! We hope you and your family enjoy the Detroit Zoo this season!
Cedar Point Discounted Tickets
The City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation is teaming up with Cedar Point to provide discounted ticket opportunities for park entrance at Cedar Point in 2019. It is now easier than ever to get your tickets through the online web store set up for Ypsilanti. To get your tickets click here and enter the Ypsilanti store login information.
Username - CPYPSILANTI Password - ypsilanti
Michigan Adventure Discounted Tickets
The City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation is teaming up with Michigan Adventure to provide discounted ticket opportunities for park entrance at Michigan Adventure in 2019. It is now easier than ever to get your tickets through the online web store set up for Ypsilanti To get your tickets click here and enter the Ypsilanti store login information.
Username - YPSILANTIPAR Password - 48197GONDOLA
The Parks & Recreation Commission is proud to have member(s) of the Commission that are Certified Parks & Recreation Professional’s. The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of the profession. Attaining the CPRP designation shows that those professionals have met education and experience qualifications, and illustrates their commitment to the profession as well as their knowledge and understanding of key concepts within parks and recreation.