Waterways and Parks Commission

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Man fishing at Half Moon Bay

The members of the Waterways and Parks Commission have a mission to protect, enhance, and promote the city's waterways and parks by offering their recommendations on projects and issues brought to them.
Membership Information
New Member Information

The Commission shall consist of 12 members:

  • 9 members appointed by the City Manager, confirmed by the City Council
  • 2 Council members
  • Community Services Director and Community Development Director, or their designees, serve as ex-officio, non-voting members

The members of the Commission shall elect to serve a one-year term, a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and other officers as may be necessary from among their membership at the first meeting of the Commission after all appointments have been made. Said officers shall thereafter be elected for a one-year term each year at the first meeting after new appointments to the Commission have been made.

APPOINTED BY: The City Council.

TERM: Three years. 

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MEETINGS: The Commission shall hold regular meetings as may be provided by its by-laws, and may hold special meetings on the call of the Chair or at the request of the City Council
(The Committee usually meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.)

A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. The Commission shall adopt such by-laws as appropriate to further govern its proceedings.

DUTIES: The Commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Promote community awareness and education about the importance of Eau Claire's waterways and parks;
  • Advise the Plan Commission and City Council on appropriate zoning regulations for waterway-related development;
  • Initiate guidelines for waterway-related development;
  • Advise the Plan Commission and City Council on waterway and parkland policies to be incorporated into the City Comprehensive Plan;
  • Review and make formal recommendations prior to the Plan Commission, City Council or Zoning Board of Appeals review of all development proposals for property abutting the Chippewa River, Eau Claire River, Half Moon Lake, or such other waterways or water corridors as may be designated by the City Council. Such review shall be mandatory and shall include proposed public capital improvements that affect parks and waterways;
  • Initiate and coordinate fund raising and special events to support and publicize improvements for the waterways, waterway corridors, parks or related trail systems;
  • Advise the City Council on priorities for public water investment and economic revitalization along the waterways;
  • Promote, encourage and facilitate appropriate private investment and economic revitalization along the waterways;
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for information for agencies and groups having interests in the waterways;
  • Review and comment on matters pertaining to the development of city parks and recreation;
  • Advise the City Council on public safety and security policies and procedures in all public park and waterway areas.
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Current Members
Waterways and Parks Commission
Ball, Meredith 9/16 - 12/21
Beaton, Kate City Council Representative
Bodkin, John 8/18 - 12/21
Dahl, Kirk 6/18 - 12/20
Doering, Ron 1/16 - 12/21
Fiedler,Tom 5/13 - 12/19
Ivory, Pat Community Development
John Lor City Council Representative
McLeod, Susan 1/15 - 12/20
Miller, Joshua 1/15 - 12/20
Mueller, Jeanne 3/19-12/19
Pippenger, Jeff
Community Services
Sterling, Jenni 1/18 -12/20


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