Parks and Recreation Commission

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The City’s Parks and Recreation Commission oversees the maintenance, operation and equipping of the City’s Parks and Playgrounds. The Commission was created by the City’s Charter and consists of seven members. Five members are appointed by Council, one member is appointed by Franklin Township, and one member is appointed by the Franklin City Schools Board of Education. Each member serves a four-year term.


Jeff Johnson
Mr. Johnson served on the Commission since 2009
Steven Gorsuch Mr. Gorsuch has served on the Commission since 1993
Betsy Westendorf Mrs. Westendorf has served on the Commission since 2013
This position is currently vacant.

David Hopper
Mr. Hopper has served on the Commission since 2013
Ron Simpson Mr. Simpson has served on the Commission since 2007


The Parks and Recreation Commission is required to meet once a month. All meetings are held at the City’s Municipal Building, 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, or at the Public Works Building, 202 Baxter Drive. Please check the meeting notice to determine the location of the monthly meeting.

City Parks

  • Community Park - 306 East 6th Street   ]
  • Laynecrest Park
  • Harmon Park
  • River Street Park
  • Eicholz Park 
  • Third Street Park 

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