The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission announces the addition of two new commissioners--Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash of Farmington Hills and Chairman of the Road Commission of Oakland County Gregory Jamian of Bloomfield Hills. Both will serve on the parks commission by virtue of their offices. They are replacing former Water Resources Commissioner John P. McCulloch of Royal Oak and Eric S. Wilson of Lake Orion.
Officers for 2013 elected at the commission’s Jan. 9 meeting include: Gerald A. Fisher of Clarkston as Chairperson and J. David VanderVeen of Clarkston as Vice Chairperson. John A. Scott of Waterford has been reappointed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners to a new three-year term and now serves as Parks and Recreation Commission Secretary.
Other commissioners include: Robert Kostin of Clarkston; Christine Long of Commerce; Gary R. McGillivray of Madison Heights; and Pecky D. Lewis of Bloomfield Hills as Chairperson Emeritus.
A. David Baumhart III was reappointed as citizen-at-large to the parks commission by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners at its Jan. 9 meeting. He will serve a three-year term.
The incoming commissioners were surveyed for their first impressions in joining the parks commission:
“In my board capacity, I will preserve our legacy to provide places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment,” Jamian said.
“We have a terrific park system that is an honor to be a part of,” Nash said.
The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission was established in 1966 as the governing board that oversees the 13-park system. The commission allocates resources regarding land purchases, facility construction, sets maintenance standards, and approves programs and services.
The parks commission generally meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Administration Offices at Waterford Oaks County Park. For a complete list of meeting dates, visit the event calendar at DestinationOakland.com.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation hosts more than 1.8 million annual local and regional visitors at its facilities including 65 miles of trails, five golf courses, three dog parks, two waterparks, two nature centers, and two campgrounds. The park system also partners with numerous organizations to host special events, provides services to individuals with disabilities and seniors, and offers mobile recreation and nature education programs.
Visit DestinationOakland.com or find Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook.