The Parks & Trails Commission consists of 2 members from each ward and up to 2 at-large members. All members have equal voting rights. All terms are 2-year, renewable terms.
Alderman Michelle Francisco (Chairman), Ward 2
Jack Dunning, (Regular Member), Ward 1
Kassie Harrold, (Regular Member), Ward 1
Adam Baer (Regular Member), Ward 2
Beth Nelson (Regular Member), Ward 2
John Steinhubl, (At Large Member), Ward 2
Linda Robson (Regular Member), Ward 3
Stephanie Petersen (Regular Member), Ward 3
Meg Johnson (Regular Member), Ward 4
Steve Korbecki (Regular Member), Ward 4
David Murphy (At Large Member), Ward 4
The Parks & Trails Commission serves as an advisory board to the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen on issues concerning the parks system as it relates to the quality of life for residents and property values within the City of Town and Country. The parks system consists of designated areas of green space, recreation and trails to facilitate pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Responsibilities and duties of the Parks & Trails Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
1.Recommend improvements for existing parks and their infrastructure, including maintenance, public parking, plantings, features, attractions, particularly upon regular visit and inspection of each throughout the year.
2.Make recommendations regarding the development of the Trails Master Plan to promote safe community mobility, exercise and recreation, to be implemented as set forth in Section 125.250.
3. Work closely with the City government, staff and other commissions regarding the development, use and maintenance of or any changes to the parks and/or trails systems. Make recommendations on aspects such as landscaping, planting, weed and erosion control, upkeep of trails, signage and any activities within the parks system.
4.Assess undeveloped and underdeveloped green spaces within the City that may be considered appropriate for park and open space preserves and make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen for acquisition of such.
5. Assess opportunities for the provision of recreational programs and events for residents of all ages and stages of life.
6. Assist in the development of an Events & Activities Master Plan to be made publicly available by January 1 of each year. Activities contained therein should be broadly-based and promote utilization of each park's features.
7. Make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on Parks and Recreation Department policies, procedures, programming, and facility fees.