Parks & Recreation Commission

Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meetings

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.


Member Seat Term
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

Stay tuned for future events.

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

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:

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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