The purpose of this Commission is to advise the City Council on matters pertaining to the activities of the Open Space, Parks and Golf Division and the Recreation Division (the two Divisions) of the Community Services Department, excluding daily administrative operations. The Commission's responsibilities include:
Advising on planning and policy matters relating to the goals of and the services provided by the two Divisions;
Advising on planning and policy matters relating to the construction and renovation of capital facilities;
Reviewing state legislative proposals that may affect the operation of the two Divisions; and
Receiving community input concerning parks, open space and recreation activities.
Message from the Commission: In this year we will focus much of our energies on developing a long-range Master Plan for Parks and Recreation. That planning process will help us understand how we’re doing, where we should be headed, and how to get there. Please join us in this exciting endeavor to plan for the future of Palo Alto’s park and recreation treasures. You can share your insights at http://www.paloaltoparksplan.org. To learn more about our current and recent work, please see the links under Current Policy Topics on the right side of this page or find archived Commission agendas and minutes at the bottom of the page.
The Parks and Recreation Commission is composed of seven members who are not Council Members, officers, or employees of the City, and who are residents of the City of Palo Alto. Terms of Commissioners will be for three years. See Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Sections 2.16 and 2.25. In order to be notified of vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the City Clerk's Office at 650-329-2571.