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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  1. Fri Oct. 25

  2. Fri Oct. 25

  3. Sat Oct. 26

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 Member  Term 
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

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. 

- 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
- Music
- 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.

Fall River Day Exhibitor Application

Are you interested in joining us as an exhibitor for this year event. If so, please complete our Fall River Day Exhibitor Application here.

Fall River Day Sponsorship Packages

Fall River Day would not be possible without our sponsors. Fall River Day has a variety of sponsorship options available. All Fall River Day Sponsorship Packages can be found here.

Virtual 5K

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!

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 

Pavilion Rentals

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

Park Pavilion Rental Request

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: 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 

Professional Certification

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. 

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