Board and Staff

Our Team

The primary function of the Barry County Parks and Recreation Commission is the operation of Historic Charlton Park Village, Museum & Recreation Area, McKeown Bridge Park and the Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail. Responsibilities include long-range planning, developing policies, and ensuring objectives that further the mission of Barry County Parks and Barry County.

MISSION STATEMENT - Promote Barry County as a recreational and historical destination, by supporting and expanding recreation and educational opportunities, to enhance the quality of life for all.

Dan Patton - Director
Shannon Pinkster - Curator
Ben Strimback - Maintenance Supervisor
Jason Yonkers - Maintenance Technician
Steve Evans - Part-Time Education Program Coordinator
Ron Welton - Part-Time Parks Assistant
Vicki MacKellar - Part-Time Office Assistant 
Claire Johnston - Part-Time Deputy Admin Assistant

Name   Representing Term Begins Term Ends
Daryl Cheeseman   Citizen-at- Large  1/1/2023  12/31/2025
Elizabeth Hutton   Barry County Deputy Drain Commission    Non-Expiring
Frank Fiala   Barry County Road Commission    Non-Expiring
Catherine Getty   Barry County Commissioner  1/1/2024  12/31/2024
Debbie Jensen   Citizen-at-Large  1/1/2024  12/31/2026
Doug Klein   Citizen-at-Large  1/1/2022  12/31/2024
John LaForge   Barry County Planning Commission    Non-Expiring
Nichole Lyke   Citizen-at-Large  1/1/2022  12/31/2024
Rick Moore   Citizen-at-Large   1/1/2023  12/31/2025
Sarah Nelson   Citizen-at-Large  1/1/2024  12/31/2026

Barry County Parks & Recreation Commission Meetings
Parks & Recreation Commission meetings are typically held on the 4th Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted. All meetings will be held at the Tyden Center Community Room, 121 S Church St, Hastings, MI 49058 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Minutes
You can find past meeting minutes on the Barry County Agendas, Minutes, and Packets page.