Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Commission


  • 7 p.m.
  • The Parks Commission shall have regular meetings on the second Monday of the month (if the regular meeting falls on a City holiday, the preceding Monday shall be the regular meeting for that month) in February, March, May, June, August, September, November and December at 7:00 p.m. The Parks Commission may elect not to consider any item of new business on the agenda after 10:00 p.m.
  • City Hall

    12800 Ravine Parkway S
    Cottage Grove, MN 55016

For more information, please call 651-458-2847.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


  • Susannah Brown, Chair
  • Samanthia Crabtree, Member 
  • Kelly Glasford, Member 
  • Debra Gustafson, Member 
  • Adam Larson, Member
  • David Olson, Member
  • Shane Waterman, Member 
  • Breck Miller, Youth Member 
  • Justin Waterman, Youth Member


The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission is a nine-member voluntary advisory group (includes two youth seats) whose aim is to develop programs within the city as they relate to park, recreation and natural resources. The commission provides a continuing analysis of programs and services to meet citizens' recreational needs and to protect the environment in order to enhance the quality of life in the community. The commission participates in the development and planning of parks, owned and maintained by the city, county, state and/or federal government. Commission members need to be aware of development proposals and growth issues to ensure park and open space needs are balanced throughout the community.


The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission aids and assists the city council in formulating and following sound conservation and land use management. It also assists the Planning Commission in the preparation and implementation of park and open space plan of the city's comprehensive plan. The commission reviews site plans for new and existing parks and open space area, conservancy and scenic overview, and also includes making recommendations regarding the care, maintenance and development of city parks.


  • Review all preliminary plats for commercial, industrial, and residential development within the city
  • Ensure environmental significant areas are preserved from urban development
  • Act as a liaison between city council and other city organizations that provide recreational programs
  • Provide feedback about existing recreational programs
  • Review equipment needs of the city parks and playgrounds and make recommendations to the city council on those needs


The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission is authorized by the city council to assist in the development of ordinances relating to parks, recreation and natural resources. They are to assist in prioritization and making recommendations to the Park and Recreation Department's annual operating budget.


If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer member of any of the City Advisory Commissions, download the application (PDF), fill it out and return it to: City of Cottage Grove
ATTN: City Clerk
12800 Ravine Parkway S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

You can also email your application to

Forms are also available for pick up at City Hall. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and kept on file for one year.

Additional Information

Please email Tammy Anderson if you have any questions.