Parks & Recreation Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • The 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Meetings currently held via Zoom due to COVID-19 State of Emergency

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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 Member  Term 
Evan Sweet, CPRP - Chair
Phone: (313) 910-3890
Dec 2015 - Jul 1 2022 
Ben Connor-Barrie, Vice Chair
Mar 2017 - Jul 1 2023
Cathy Thorburn, Secretary
Jun 2010 - Jul 1 2023
Kurt Kohlmann
Mar 2017 - Jul 1 2023
to end Jul 1 2024
Vacant to end Jul 1 2024
Julia Collins  Jul 2019 - Jul 1 2022
Dillon Navarre  May 2019 - Jul 1 2022
Vacant  to end Jul 1 2024
Vacant - youth  
Vacant - youth  
Vacant - youth  

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 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.
  1. Events & Programs
  2. Adopt-A-Park Program
  3. Parks & Facilities
  4. Recreation Programs
  5. Pavilion Rentals
  6. Recreation Facility Rentals
  7. Partnerships & Promotions

Events & Programs

All in person Parks & Recreation Commission sponsored programs are on hold due to COVID-19. More details to come soon!

2021 Park Special Events

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Ypsilanti Community, limited special events will be held in City parks in 2021.

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 Commisson at:

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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