Parks & Recreation Commission

Commission Overview

The Parks and Recreation Commission has jurisdiction over all city parks and has the power to adopt rules and regulations for the proper use, care, and maintenance of the parks.

The Parks and Recreation Commission is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of a master plan for city park development to project and anticipate major maintenance needs, development of existing and future park plans, and park programs.


The Parks and Recreation Commission typically meets on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room located at 710 S. Janesville Street.  

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas packets are available prior to meetings, and saved on the City's website.  View the most recent agenda on the City's website.  


The Parks and Recreation Commission is comprised of eight residents, including one alderperson currently serving on the Common Council. Parks & Recreation Commissioners are appointed by the mayor for terms of two years, with the alderperson appointment for one year.

If you are interested in applying for appointment to the Parks & Recreation Commission, please complete a Committee / Board / Commission Questionnaire.

Current Members

Name Address Phone Term
Ryan Peterson, Chair 309 Greenhill Circle (608) 868-9896 2023
Devin Elliott, Ald.
208 Vincent Street
(608) 921-5105
Council Rep.
Howard Robinson, DPW Dir 710 S. Janesville Street (608) 868-6914 Ex-Officio
Dave Fisher, TGP Director 715 Campus Street (608) 868-3500 Virtue of Office
James Bostwick 410 Elm St. (608) 436-1560 2022
Lee Ann Hare 381 E. Madison Avenue (608) 371-4993 2023
Russ O'Leary 649 S. Janesville Street (608) 289-2229 2023
Karen Reed
42 W. St. Mary Street
(608) 868-2205 2023
Annette Smith 1044 Sunset Drive
David Snow 206 Ivanhoe Drive (608) 580-0669 2023
Ty Knudsen