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The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is a seven member citizen advisory board appointed by the City Council. The primary functions of the Board are to advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council concerning:

  • The comprehensive parks and open space plan including City park and facility acquisition, development and operations both within and without the City’s boundaries. 
  • The diverse, comprehensive recreational program for residents and visitors of the City.
  • The review, modification and recommendation of programs and budgets for all aspects of the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Tree issues including:
    • A comprehensive community forestry work plan for the planting, care and management of trees within the corporate limits of the City.
    • The protection and renewal of downtown street trees pertaining to the regulation of their planting, maintenance, removal and replacement.
    • The protection of existing Downtown infrastructure by recommending new and replacement street trees which are selected to avoid conflicts with overhead wires, buildings, signs, sidewalks, curbs, and underground utilities.
    • Providing to the City, as well as to citizens of the City, news and information regarding the selection, planting and maintenance of trees within the City, whether on public or private property, and to make recommendations from time to time to the City Council as to desirable legislation concerning tree programs for the City.
    • Providing regular and special meetings at which the subject of trees within the City may be discussed by members of the Board, officers and personnel of the City, and all others interested in the tree program.
    • Promoting the local observance of Arbor Day with an official proclamation.
  • Parks and Recreation related proposals within the City are reviewed at the request of the Mayor. The Board’s function for these issues will be specific to the proposal and the request for review.


The Board usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at City Hall in the City Council chambers located at 129 South Chelan Avenue. Meetings begin at 12:00 p.m.


Board members must be residents of the City of Wenatchee. They do not receive compensation for their services and serve four-year terms. The current Board members are:

Position 1 VACANT


Position 2 Sara Urdahl 12/31/16
Position 3 Raylene Dowell 12/31/17
Position 4 Sean Koester 12/31/17
Position 5 Mitchell Thompson 12/31/18
Position 6 Barbara Cecie 12/31/18
Position 7 Suzanne Austin 12/31/15


For consideration, all applicants must complete the Advisory Board Application Form and submit it to the City Clerk no later than October 31st.  Persons interested in serving on the Board are strongly encouraged to attend a meeting of the Board prior to completing an application.

View Past Meetings
Arts, Recreation and Parks Commission12/2/2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Not Available
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting - CANCELLED12/15/2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Not Available
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting - CANCELLED12/15/2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Not Available
Arts Commission Meeting - CANCELLED12/15/2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Not Available

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