Parks & Recreation Board

About the Northfield Township Parks and Recreation Board

We are a dedicated group of residents and business owners working to establish a vision for future parks and recreation opportunities in Northfield Township, and in the short term, developing projects that our group has both the capacity to implement and that provides a tangible benefit to our community. The Parks and Recreation Board sees itself as a group who is charting a path and defining a direction; recognizing the Board's fiscal restraints and the actual needs of residents – rather then creating grandiose visions that rarely get implemented.

One example of the Board's vision of identifying high impact projects that are reasonable to implement is the creation of the first ever, Northfield Township Dog Park.  Most recently, the township acquired 23 acres of undeveloped property in downtown Whitmore Lake and has been seeking grants and other outside funding to develop park amenities for our residents.

While there is no Parks and Recreation Millage in Northfield, there are significant recreational activities available in our community. The Parks and Recreation Board, as part of its master planning process, is working on categorizing what assets are available and putting strategies in place to make appropriate changes and updates for Northfield Township.



Park and Recreation Board Members

Chair:  Jennifer Delisle (term ends 7/1/24) 
Board of Trustees Representative:  Jacqueline Otto (term mirrors Board term)
School Board Representative:  Lee Cole  (Appointed by School Board)
Planning Commission Representative:  Middy Matthews  (Appointed by Planning Commission)
Library Representative:  Gerry Hermann (Appointed by Library Board)
Member:  David Hoffman (term ends 7/1/25)
Member:  Kelley Forbes  (term ends 7/1/25)
Member: Lesley Lauwers (term ends 7/1/24)
Member: Elmer Bisler (term ends 7/1/25)
Member:  Heidi Novak (term ends 7/1/26)
Member:  Paolo Franzene (term ends 7/1/26)


To contact the Parks & Recreation Board, please contact our Community Service Director, Tami Averill