Parks & Recreation Commission
Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meetings
- Generally: 7 p.m., 3rd Monday of each month, see annual meeting schedule
- City Council Chambers, City Hall
1 S Huron St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
- Link for public participation via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81159944412
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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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 Parks and 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 please see the job duties factsheet.
Term length for Commissioners is 3 years.
|Ben Connor-Barrie||Mar 2017 - Jul 1 2023|
|Cathy Thorburn||Secretary||Jun 2010 - Jul 1 2023|
|Blake Harrity||to end Jul 1 2025|
|Brian Merlos||Oct 2021 - Jul 1 2024|
|Dillon Navarre||Vice Chair||May 2019 - Jul 1 2025|
|Vacant||to end Jul 1 2024|
|Vacant||to end Jul 1 2024|
|Tarik Fermin||Youth Member||to end Jul 1 2023|
|Lola Malmer||Youth Member||to end Jul 1 2023|
|Vacant - youth|
Events & Programs
Fall River Day
Ypsilanti's Fall River Day event is returning this year on Sunday, September 25th from 12pm-3pm in Frog Island Park.
Free Huron River Paddle Trips From Frog Island Park
Enjoy fall on the Huron River at Ypsi Fall River Day at Frog Island Park, Sunday, September 25th, Noon-3pm. There will be free kayak trips and family-friendly activities including an educational program on river wildlife. Ypsi Fall River Day is hosted by the City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission.
Paddle the river as it winds through Ypsilanti into Ford Lake—perfect for beginner and experienced kayakers alike—single and two person kayaks and transportation provided at no cost. Launch from Frog Island Park anytime between 12-3pm. Catch the shuttle back to the park from a designated downstream takeout on the hour until 4pm. Walk up registration only. A limited number of kayaks available first come, first served.
There will be a “Hunters of the Sky” presentation from the Leslie Science & Nature Center at 1pm and an educational program on river wildlife by the Huron Clinton Metroparks Mobile Learning Center. Other exhibitors include the Huron River Watershed Council, Fowling Warehouse Ypsi Ann Arbor, the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative/Border to Border Trail, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation, the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office, the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Township Recreation Department.
If you would like to participate as an exhibitor/vendor, please complete this River Day Exhibitor Form
Join the City of Ypsilanti and the Huron River Watershed Council in supporting Ypsi Fall River Day! Ypsi Fall River Day is a family-friendly event which supports the Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation in getting residents out to enjoy our parks and the Huron River. The event runs from 12:00-3:00 at Frog Island Park.
Here are a few ways you can volunteer:
General Event Support
Greet and assist exhibitors with unloading and set up. Welcome the public, direct them to points of information, and explain timing and program.
Paddle Trip Launch
Set up tent, table and chairs and post signs at site. Greet public and work with canoe livery staff to facilitate kayak launching. MUST be able to lift and carry kayaks and equipment down steps to launch at river.
Paddle Trip Take Out
Set up tent and chairs, clear brush from landing site and post visible signage. Work with volunteer safety paddlers for downstream portion of the trip, making sure public knows where, when to get out and catch shuttles.
Paddle Safety Boaters
Work with paddle trip take out coordinator to ensure safety of downstream paddlers in Ford Lake.
- Adopt-A-Park Program
- Parks & Facilities
- Recreation Programs
- Pavilion Rentals
- Recreation Facility Rentals
- Partnerships & Promotions
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.
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 Ypsilanti Senior Center, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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
Park Special Events
View the Calendar of Public Events here!
Communications & Contact Info
To stay to up to date on parks and recreation events, programs, and park amenities, like City of Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation on Facebook.
Questions or comments, contact the Parks & Recreation Commission at: email@example.com
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.