The County Board of Commissioners appoints the Parks and Recreation Commissioners as the governing body that addresses and makes recommendations for parks and recreation management. The role of the Parks and Recreation Commission is advisory, with all final decisions being made by elected officials.
The Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission consists of ten members of whom eight are appointed by the County Board of Commissioners one of which must be a county commissioner. A representative of the Calhoun County Water Resources Office and the Chairperson of the County Planning Commission are also members of the Commission by statute.
The Parks and Recreation Commission publishes its annual schedule no later than the last meeting of the previous year. Meetings are often scheduled monthly or bimonthly on the first Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:30 pm. All regular meetings of the Commission are held in Room 3-700 in the Calhoun County Building, 315 West Green Street, Marshall, Michigan.
The Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to engaging, partnering, and collaborating with the community to improve and sustain our parks and open spaces, to preserve the unique features of the natural environment, and enhance quality of life through increased access to recreational activities.
The Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission enhances quality of life in Calhoun County by improving, sustaining, and preserving parks and open spaces and providing recreational opportunities.
The guiding principles are the central guidelines of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
- Engage community members, experts, organizations, and local governmental units in the decision making process regarding parks development.
- Establish sustainable uses of community open space and natural features to meet the community’s needs for active, structured recreation, as well as passive enjoyment of the outdoors.
- Provide responsible stewardship of the natural resources that are part of the county park system.
- Provide opportunities for all county residents for recreation to improve the health and wellness of the community.