Ingham County Parks Commission

Ingham County Parks & Recreation Members

Sarah Nicholls, Chair
Matthew Bennett, Vice-Chair
Jessy Gregg
Ryan Earl
Cherry Hamrick
Shirley Rodgers, Tri-County Regional Planning Representative
Pat Lindemann, Ingham County Drain Commissioner
Paul Pratt, Drain Commissioner Designee
Jonathan Schelke, Secretary
Commissioner Teri Banas
Commissioner Carol Koenig

The Parks & Recreation Commission shall conduct meetings the third and fourth Mondays of each month (unless noted below). Meetings commence at 5:30 p.m. and are held at the Human Services Building, 5303 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, Michigan (unless otherwise noted below).


January 17, 2017 & Master Plan Public Hearing
January 23, 2017
February 21, 2017 (Tuesday) & Public Meeting
February 27, 2017 & Public Meeting
March 20, 2017
March 27, 2017
April 17, 2017
April 24, 2017
May 15, 2017
May 22, 2017 (Meeting at Burchfield Park)
June 19, 2017
June 26, 2017 (Meeting at Lake Lansing South)
July 17, 2017 is cancelled
July 24, 2017  (Meeting at Hawk Island)
August - No Meeting
September 18, 2017
September 25, 2017
October 16, 2017
October 23, 2017
November 13, 2017 (Second Monday)
December 11, 2017 (Second Monday)

In the event of a special meeting, rescheduled meeting or cancellation of a regularly scheduled meeting, a notice will be posted at the Parks Department office, 121 E. Maple Street, Mason, MI 48854 and at the Ingham County Courthouse at least 18 hours prior to the time of the meeting or cancelled meeting.

Appointed by the County Services Committee of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners for four year staggered terms. The Parks & Recreation Commission has the following authority:

(1) The Parks & Recreation Commission shall adopt and provide for the enforcement of policies and regulations covering the use of park facilities, and the conduct of persons thereon, except that such policies and regulations shall be approved by the County Attorney as to form, and that the Administrative Services/Personnel Committee of the Board of Commissioners shall be given written advance notification of the proposed adoption or modification of such proposed policies or regulations;

(2) The Parks & Recreation Commission or its designated representatives may approve and sign agreements for the rental of County park facilities, such as pavilions, ball fields, etc., without further approval of the Board of Commissioners, provided the form of such agreements are approved by the County Attorney, and such agreements do not involve consideration exceeding $5,000;

(3) The Parks & Recreation Commission may set and periodically adjust user fees and rental fees pertaining to the use of park facilities and equipment, and entrance fees, with the approval of the Board of Commissioners.

(4) The Parks & Recreation Commission shall authorize such employees as necessary to assist the Parks & Recreation Commission and the maintenance and operation of the Parks system, subject to budgetary limitations. Such persons shall be County employees and supervised by the Parks & Recreation Commission.

Official minutes are stored and available for inspection at the address noted below. The Parks & Recreation Commission will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as interpreters for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting for the visually impaired, for individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon five (5) working days notice to the Parks & Recreation Commission. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Parks & Recreation Commission by writing to the Ingham County Parks Department, P.O. Box 178, Mason, Michigan 48854, or by calling (517) 676-2233.