Parks & Recreation Boards

The Parks & Recreation Commission
Commission advises City Council members on the needed facilities to provide open space, such as parks, playgrounds and community facilities, and for other forms of recreation.
The Fort Dodge Parks & Recreation Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Seven members serve 5 year terms and are appointed by the Mayor with approval from the City Council. The commission governs rules and regulations for use of parks, as well as recreational facilities and recreation programs.
Specific Powers and Duties:
Update and revise plans as required, set fees for recreational programs, make recommendations for Council for changes in Parks or Recreation.
*Anyone wishing to apply for this commission may contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 576-7237 or print off an application form located under the "Links" tab.
Commission Member Term Expires
Tonia Burrell 8/31/2023
Mark Campbell, Vice Chair
Josh Calvert 6/30/2024
Mary Jo Kirby 8/31/2020
Nik Moser 8/31/2024
Michael Payne, Chair 6/30/2020
Molly Schaffer 8/31/2024
The Park Foundation
The Park Foundation meets annually in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Twelve members serve on the board.
The Foundation members value green space within our community with the objective of strengthening and enhancing the park system in Fort Dodge. Past projects include restoration of Loomis Boathouse cabin, construction of modern restroom and park restoration.
All gifts, contributions and donations to help support our parks are tax deductible.
Donations can be mailed to:
     Fort Dodge Park Foundation
     PO Box 177

     Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
Foundation Member Role
Lori Branderhorst, PRF Director
Carolyn Brandt
Jeff Becker President
Dan Garst
Tim Holstrom Treasurer
Mary Jo Kirby Secretary
Matt Maggio
Bonnie Pecka
Tom Sullivan

Contact Us

Lori Branderhorst, Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director
Citizens Central (more)
617 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
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  • Phone: (515) 576-7237
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