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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  • Evan Sweet, Chair
    Phone: (313) 910-3890
    Term Length: December 15, 2015 - December 1, 2018 
  • Ashanti Harris, Vice Chair                                                          Term Length - March 21, 2017 - July 1, 2020
  • Cathy Thorburn, Secretary
    Term Length: June 19, 2010 - May 1, 2020
  • VACANT, Member
    Term Length: February 17, 2015 - February 17, 2018
    Term Length: April 23, 2013 - April 20, 2019
  • Linda Horne, Member                                                               Term Length: April 15, 2014 - December 1, 2018
  • Ashanti Harris, Member
    Term Length - March 21, 2017 - July 1, 2020
  • Ben Connor Barrie, Member
    Term Length - March 21, 2017 - July 1, 2020
  • Kurt Kohlmann, Member
    Term Length - March 21, 2017 - July 1, 2020 
  • Amanda Marshall, Member
    Term October 17, 2017 - October 17, 2020

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 five monthly Saturday morning classes from May through September! Open to adults 16 and up. Each month will feature different beginner-level classes in Ypsilanti parks from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Register in advance for $5.00 per class or register for all five and get one free! Drop-in registration will be $7.00 on site. Register online here and use keyword "Ypsi Parks" Check back soon for 2019 dates and details

Fall River Day - September 23 - Riverside Park

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.

Event Details:
-12pm-3pm - Kayak trips hosted by City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation (Fee paid on site, $10 single person kayak, $15 two person kayak)
-12pm - “Walk to Frog Island Park” with Laura Rubin, Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council. Laura will share the new improvements made to the canoe launch at Frog Island Park and community efforts to restore and feature the river in Ypsilanti through RiverUp! and the Huron River Water Trial initiative.
-1pm - “River Raptors” birds of prey as seen along the Huron by the Leslie Science & Nature Center.
-2pm - “Nature Walk Along the B2B” with Katie Carlisle, Stewardship Coordinator with Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation.

Activities & Booths (12pm-3pm):

Ann Arbor YMCA
Large Yard Games
Huron Clinton Metroparks Mobile Learning Center
Huron River Watershed Council/National Water Trail
Friends of the Border to Border Trail
Ypsi Real (Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau)
National Wildlife Federation
Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation

Fall River Day is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and has partnered with Zero Waste Washtenaw to reduce as much landfill waste as possible. Help the event reach its Zero Waste goal by using the compost and recycle bins to dispose of your materials. Another way you can help is by bringing your own reusable water bottle to the event.

Fall River Day Sponsors
Huron River Watershed Council River Up! Program, Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation, Huron, Washtenaw County Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Ypsilanti