Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission consists of seven members: one Alderperson, the superintendent of the Sun Prairie Area School District or the Superintendent's designee, and five (5) citizens of recognized experience and qualifications. The director of parks and recreation shall be an ex-officio non-voting member of the Commission.

Duties of the Parks and Recreation Commission

The Commission has all the powers conferred by law upon park, recreational, and in cities of the fourth class and is charged with the duties of making recommendations, overseeing work, and overseeing funds relating to all parks, playgrounds, and recreational activities as part of properties within the city. The parks and recreation commission is specifically empowered and directed to: 

  • Govern, manage, control, improve and care for all public parks located within, or partly within and partly without, the corporate limits of the City and secure the quiet, orderly and suitable use and enjoyment thereof by the people; also to adopt rules and regulations to promote these purposes; 
  • Acquire funds or property as recommended by the Commission and approved by the City Council by resolution for park facilities and recreational programs; 
  • With prior Council approval, to buy or lease in the name of the City for park purposes, and to sell or exchange property no longer required for park purposes; 
  • Execute every trust imposed upon the use of property or property rights by the deed, testament or other conveyance transferring the title of such property to the City for park purposes; 
  • Implement effective and efficient management, control, supervision and operation of the City park system and recreation program, as carried out by the Director, subject to budgetary approval by the City Council; 
  • Retain jurisdiction of the parks, swimming pool and playgrounds throughout the City and assume full responsibility for the equipping, developing and maintaining the physical facilities of the park system; 
  • Promote the quiet, orderly and suitable use of the City parks and playgrounds as the Commission deems necessary; 
  • Establish rules and regulations as deemed necessary as approved by the City council, including user fees, that are necessary for the proper use, care and operation of parks, park facilities, recreation programs and other activities under their control, provided however that such rules and regulations do not conflict with the laws of the State of Wisconsin or the Code of Ordinances for the City.

The City Parks and Recreation Commission determines the recreational needs of the public, and has jurisdiction over the public recreation program of the City and is empowered to: 

  • Establish park rules and program policies; 
  • Cooperate and coordinate with public school activities; 
  • Cooperate with any private recreational activities; 
  • Approve schedules of all recreational activities in public parks and school buildings.

Click here to read the full description of the Parks & Recreation Commission in Chapter 2.48 of the Sun Prairie Municipal Code of Ordinances.

Meeting Schedule

The Parks & Recreation Commission is charged with meeting at least monthly at the discretion of the Commission Chairperson, which is normally scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Westside Community Services Building.