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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Parks Commission

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission was created in 1987 to oversee the management and operation of the county parks system. The Commission is dedicated to providing Ottawa County residents and visitors with park facilities as well as recreational and educational opportunities that enhance the quality and enjoyment of their lives.

David VanGinhoven – President
Roger E. Jonas - Vice President
Philip Kuyers - Secretary
James Holtvluwer
Joe Bush
Matthew Fenske
Tom Werkman
Kelly N. Rice
Tom Elhart
Vanessa Gutierrez

Meeting Minutes & Agendas


Parks Staff

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Fillmore Street Complex Office Staff

Jason Shamblin
Parks & Recreation Director
Jason’s passion for the outdoors developed during his youth while growing up on a farm in the hills of rural south eastern Ohio. Prior to his arrival in Ottawa County, Jason was the Assistant Director of MetroParks of Butler County Ohio for over six years. Jason also worked in municipal Parks and Recreation in Central Ohio where he was the Director of Parks and Recreation for Reynoldsburg, and for Grove City and Gahanna. Jason began his career working for the YMCA in Akron and is a proud alumni of Ohio University.

Curtis TerHaar
Coordinator of Park Planning & Development
Curt is a landscape architect and land planner with 30 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of recreation and other outdoor public use areas. He started with the Ottawa County Parks system in 2005 after working at private design firms in West Michigan including his own landscape architecture design company. Curt was born and raised in Grand Haven and has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.

Aaron Bodbyl-Mast
Park Planner

Tabitha Rowley
Senior Secretary

Kyle Roffey
Administrative Assistant

Jessica VanGinhoven
Communications Specialist

Mary Bohn
Secretary

Ben Page
Seasonal Park Supervisor (Marina)

Nature Center Staff

Kristen Hintz
Coordinator of Interpretive & Information Services
Kristen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation. She completed her elementary teaching credential at GVSU in 2007 and joined Ottawa County Parks in 2009.

Curtis Dykstra
Park Naturalist

Mindy Stanton
Nature Center Secretary

Park Operations Center Staff

Jason Boerger
Coordinator of Park Maintenance and Operations
Jason started in January 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance and operations including projects, policies, rule enforcement, fee collection, risk management and budgeting. Jason has 20 years of experience including programming, maintenance, law enforcement, management, and administrative roles. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University.

Bob Reichel
Parks Operations Manager
A department employee since 1996, Bob organizes, plans, and assigns day to day maintenance operations for the entire parks system.

Melanie Manion
Natural Resources Manager
Melanie started working for Ottawa County Parks in 2011 and is responsible for coordinating the protection, stewardship and restoration of natural resources on park properties and for the development of a comprehensive parks volunteer program. Melanie has a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University.

Nealy Molhoek
Stewardship Supervisor

Collin Zackrison
Parks Supervisor (East Area)
Collin manages a very busy Hager Park, as well as Spring Grove Park, Grand River Park, and other parks and open spaces on the east side of the county.

Leif VanHorssen
Parks Supervisor (South Area)
Leif has responsibility for 11 sites towards the south end of the county including the winter ski/sledding operation at Pigeon Creek Park, the Upper Macatawa Natural Area and the Historic Weaver House at Pine Bend.

Anne Engvall
Parks Supervisor (North Area)
Anne has responsibility of 14 sites in the north part of the county including Crockery Creek Natural Area and Eastmanville Farm

Eric Frifeldt
Parks Supervisor (West Area)
Eric Frifeldt was hired as the Park Supervisor overseeing the Lakeshore Parks, including the ever-popular Rosy Mound Natural Area.   

Jeremy Hamstra
Parks Equipment Specialist

Bob Shannon
Park Maintenance Worker

Aaron Goodell
Park Maintenance Worker

Tom Dorton
Parks Maintenance Worker