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Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission is the recommending body for policy decisions on Garfield Township's parks and recreation system.  The policy decisions are based on the 2023-2027 Parks and Recreation plan adopted by the Garfield Township Board of Trustees.


Some specific duties of the Parks and Recreation Commission include:

  • Develop and maintain the 5-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Develop park-specific management plans
  • Develop informational pamphlets about the parks system and encourage public involvement and stewardship
  • Work in partnership with other stakeholders, including the Grand Traverse Conservation District, Regional Land Conservancy, and County Park Department.


The Parks and Recreation Commission consists of the following seven (7) members:

  • Chris DeGood, Chair / Planning Commission Representative
  • Fern Spence, Vice Chair
  • Chris Remy, Secretary
  • Denise Schmuckal, Township Board Representative
  • Art Bukowski
  • Bill Scott
  • Andrew Hoort


The Parks and Recreation Commission meets on the 1st Monday of every other month.  All meetings are open to the public, and any interested person is welcome to attend and be heard. We'd love to hear your suggestions on how to make our already wonderful park system even better!


2024 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting Schedule


This page last updated on 12/20/2023.

3848 Veterans Drive | Traverse City, MI 49684 | 231-941-1620 | fax: 231-941-1588