Who We Are - Where We've Come From
In a cooperative effort in 1970, the city of Grand Blanc, charter Township of Grand Blanc and the Grand Blanc Community Schools formed the Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission operated as a part-time department until 1975, when it became a full-time operation.
Starting with a part time department, offering only a few summer programs, the Parks and Recreation Department has grown to a full-time department offering year-round programming that includes after school activities for K-12 grades. Programming is also offered for Adults and Senior Citizens. During the Summer 2001 programs alone, 155 classes in 17 different programs are offered for youth and adults, in addition to 10 special events. Also for the summer, the Parks and Recreation Office administers adult softball leagues consisting of 40 years, which start play in late May and finish in early August.
The Parks and Recreation Commission is also responsible for operating and maintaining Creasey Bicentennial Recreational Complex and the newly renovated Grand Blanc Senior Activity Center. In winter months, when weather permits, Parks and Recreation also maintains the ice rink at Physician's Park and the sledding hill at Creasey Bicentennial Park. Currently, the Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation Commission employs six Full Time staff, and depending on the time of year, an additional 50 - 125 seasonal and part-time employees. An appointed, policy-making board of seven residents oversees the Parks and Recreation department. The City, Township and School Board each appoint two commissioners to the board, and the seventh member is selected from interested residents who apply to the Commission for an "At-Large" position.