Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Commission

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.


  • 7 p.m.
  • Second Monday nine times per year (two months on, one off)
  • Cottage Grove City Hall
    12800 Ravine Parkway South
    Cottage Grove, MN 55016
  • For more information, please call 651-458-2847

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.

Agendas, Minutes and Packets
Agendas, minutes and packets for the Commission are available here.

Please note that meeting minutes are generally not available until they have been approved by the Commission at their next regularly scheduled meeting.


  1. Review all preliminary plats for commercial, industrial, and residential development within the City.
  2. Ensure environmental significant areas are preserved from urban development.
  3. Act as a liaison between City Council and other City organizations that provide recreational programs.
  4. Provide feedback about existing recreational programs.
  5. 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.

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