Parks & Recreation Commission
|Evan Sweet, CPRP - Chair
Phone: (313) 910-3890
|Dec 2015 - Jul 1, 2022
| Ashanti Harris, Vice Chair
||Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020
| Cathy Thorburn, Secretary
||Jun 2010 - May 1, 2020
| Ben Connor-Barrie
||Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020
| Kurt Kohlmann
||Mar 2017 - Jul 1, 2020|
| Amanda Marshall
||Oct 2017 - Oct 17, 2020
|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)
- 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)
- 2019 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting Schedule
- 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
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.
- Kayak Rentals - 12pm-3pm. Launching from Frog Island Park. $10/single kayak, $15/double kayak
- 1pm - Live Birds of Prey from the Leslie Science & Nature Center
- 2pm - Border to Border Trail Walk with Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation
- FREE Face Painting from 12pm-3pm
- FREE snacks and drinks
- Yard Games
- Huron River Watershed Council
- Huron Clinton Metroparks Mobile Learning Center
- Ann Arbor YMCA
- Ypsi Real
- Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
- Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioners Office
- Ypsilanti District Library
- Ypsilanti Native Plant Nursery
Help make Fall River Day as success! Volunteer with us!
Fall River Day is hosted by the Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission with funding and support from Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation, the City of Ypsilanti, Huron River Watershed Council, Maiz Mexican Cantina, Middle Huron Partners, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation, the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, and Ypsi Real.
Are you interested in joining us as an exhibitor for this year event. If so, please complete our Fall River Day Exhibitor Application here.
The Michigan Park & Recreation Association (mParks) Foundation is hosting a Virtual 5K (3.1 miles) the month of September to raise funds for local recreation and park opportunities. (You can run, walk, skateboard, SUP, bike, surf or swim a 5K anytime during the month of September.)
The mParks Foundation has donated more than $3,000,000 to Michigan communities to build accessible playgrounds and waterparks. It is a mParks Foundation goal to make recreation available to all Michigan citizens, regardless of ability. Each partnering community, including the City of Ypsilanti has a specific project or program that the monies raised will go towards.
Cost - $30 (50% benefits the mParks Foundation and 50% benefits the City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation).
Participants will receive:
- Participation Medal
- Training Program (via email)
- Healthier body
- Tax-deductible donation letter
Register and get more information here!
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
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.
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.
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.