Parks and Recreation Commission

About the Parks and Recreation Commission

We will enhance community and quality of life through people, parks and programs. 

Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting Schedule 
Regular meetings of the Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Commission are held on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m., in Commission Chambers, Second Floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan  49684, except when that day falls on a holiday observed by Grand Traverse County and is identified by resolution on which business is not conducted, or on any Election Day.  If there is any change with this schedule, notices will be provided to the public on the County's website, at the meeting site, and a posting at the Parks and Recreation office.

Watch a recent meeting 

Meeting Schedules

View the most recent agenda and minutes from 09-2021 to present 

View past agendas and minutes before 09-2021 

Strategic Planning Committee Schedule

Regular meetings of the Strategic Planning Committee are held on the first Tuesday of every month, at 5:30 p.m. in the Committee Room, second floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave. Traverse City, MI. 49684. If there is any change with this schedule, notices will be provided to the public on the County's website, at the meeting site, and a posting at the Parks and Recreation office. 

NER (Natural Education Reserve) Advisory Committee Meetings

The County authorized the creation of a citizen advisory committee as a means for public input regarding management of the property and to ensure the public’s vision is carried out. The advisory committee makes management recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Board for final approval. The by-laws for the Advisory Committee may be found in the NER Management Plan under Appendix 7. Meetings take place quarterly at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Road, Traverse City) at 5:30 pm, as scheduled by Grand Traverse Conservation District. 

View the most recent NER Advisory Committee Agenda and Minutes  

TBAYS Board Meetings

Regular meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., at TBAYS’ office (1820 Oak Hollow Dr, Suite B, Traverse City, MI 49686)

Meeting information can be found at the TBAYS website.

Rules Committee

  • Members are appointed by the President and meet as necessary. 

Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer (TBAYS) Board Representative 

  • Jalen  Provo

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Grace Edinger, Chair
  • Rodetta Harrand, Vice Chair
  • Joe Underwood
  • Rod Kivell
  • Jamie Callahan (Citizen Member)
  • Pete Albers (Citizen Member)

NER Advisory Committee

  • Joe Underwood, Parks and Recreation Commission representative
  • Jim Kure (Citizen Member)
  • Judy Reich (Citizen Member)
  • James Chrestensen (Citizen Member)
  • Ken Gregory (Citizen Member)
  • Mike Foley (Citizen Member)
  • Erwin "Duke" Elsner (Citizen Member)
  • Luke Kreykes, Grand Traverse Conservation District representative
  • Reb Ratliff, Grand Traverse Conservation District representative

Governing Documents