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In January 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 19C-01, creating a new Parks & Recreation Commission. The Parks & Recreation Commission consists of seven members, serving staggered 4-year terms, and will begin in June 2019 following member recruitment.  
The Commission meets on the first Thursday of the month and most meetings will be held at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center with an expected start time of 6:30 pm. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, July 11 due to the Independence Day holiday. 


The new Commission serves in a policy advisory capacity to the City Council and has the following general responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with staff on developing and updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan as a component of the Cityís Comprehensive Plan.

  • Providing recommendations on park master plans, potential property acquisitions, certain budget items, grant funding, and other policy matters as assigned by the City Council.

  • Serving as community ambassadors and helping to promote parks and recreation activities within the City of Mercer Island. This includes supporting cooperative relationships with community partners and other organizations.

  • Providing a forum for the community to express their views on parks, recreation, and other community services.

  • Supporting inclusivity and embracing cultural diversity in all policy recommendations.

The Commission will collaborate with other City boards and commissions in performing their work, particularly the Arts Council and the Open Space Conservancy Trust. 


This is a family-friendly Commission. Children are welcome to attend all meetings and events.


Here are a few suggestions for interested residents to learn more about the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department:

  • Get outside and visit the many Mercer Island parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, trails, and open space areas (see Parks System Guide).

  • Visit the Mercer Island Community and Event Center (MICEC) and try out a recreation program or class (see Spring/Summer Recreation Guide).

  • Review the 2014-2019 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan (see PROS Plan).

  • Attend the next Aubrey Davis Park Master Plan meeting (April 23, 6:00 pm at MICEC) and become familiar with the project (see Letís Talk Project Page).

  • Visit the Mercer Island Library and learn more about their programs and services (see KCLS MI Library).

  • Talk to Mercer Island friends and neighbors and learn more about their community priorities and interests related to parks, recreation, and other community services.

Length of Term
First Thursday of the month
Four-year staggered terms running June 1 to May 31

Email Address
Term Begin
Term End
Sara Berkenwald   Commission†Member   07/01/2019   06/30/2023  
Don Cohen   Commission†Member   07/01/2019   06/30/2023  
Lyn Gualtieri   Commission†Member   07/01/2019   06/30/2021  
Jodi McCarthy   Commission†Member   07/01/2019   06/30/2022  
Amy Richter   Commission†Member   07/01/2019   06/30/2021  
Rory Westberg   Commission†Member   07/01/2019   06/30/2022  

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