It might surprise you to learn that the Murphysboro Park District is the seventh-oldest park district in the State of Illinois. The district was organized by a city referendum in 1907 and currently is governed by a board of five volunteer commissioners, each elected for a six-year term. The Park District operates autonomously from the City of Murphysboro under the direction of the Board of Directors and has its own power to levy property taxes to support its programs.
It is the mission of the Murphysboro Park District “to provide recreational and leisure time opportunities to our community and surrounding area in unique, beautiful, historic, safe settings.”
Current Members of the Board of Commissioners:
- Donald L. Brewer, President (term expires 2015)
- William Center, Vice president (term expires 2017)
- P. Michael Jones, Secretary/Treasurer (term expires 2013)
- Scott Hale (term expires 2015)
- C.J. Calandro (term expires 2013)
The Board meets regularly at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Murphysboro Park District Recreation Center, located just outside of Riverside Park. Meetings are open to the public.
Click here for the latest board meeting agendas, meeting minutes and more.
In addition to members of the board, the Murphysboro Park District employs several staff members. For more information about the Murphysboro Park District, contact:
Lance Russell, Director of Parks and Recreation
Murphysboro Park District
710 S. 24th
Murphysboro, IL 62966