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.
The Commission typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 3 pm at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex in the Administrative Building. The specific meeting room will be listed on the screen in the main lobby.
- David VanGinhoven – President
- Kelly N. Rice - Vice President
- Philip Kuyers - Secretary
- Joe Bush
- Greg DeJong
- Tom Elhart
- James Holtvluwer
- Jane Longstreet
- Linda McAffrey
- Tom Werkman
Fillmore Street Complex Office Staff
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.
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.
Nature Center Staff
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.
Nature Center Secretary
Park Operations Center Staff
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.
Parks Operations Manager
A department employee since 1996, Bob organizes, plans, and assigns day to day maintenance operations for the entire parks system.
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.
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.
Parks Supervisor (South Area)
Eric 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.
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
Parks Supervisor (West Area)
Jeremy oversees the Lakeshore Parks: Rosy Mound Natural Area, Olive Shores, Tunnel Park, North Beach Park, Kirk Park, and Historic Ottawa Beach Parks.
Seasonal Park Supervisor (Marina)
Parks Equipment Specialist
Park Maintenance Worker
Park Maintenance Worker
Parks Maintenance Worker