Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Parks Commission

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission was created in 1987 to oversee the management and operation of the county parks system. The Commission is dedicated to providing Ottawa County residents and visitors with park facilities as well as recreational and educational opportunities that enhance the quality and enjoyment of their lives.

The Commission typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 3 pm at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex in the Administrative Building. The specific meeting room will be listed on the screen in the main lobby.

  • Kelly N. Rice - President
  • Jane Longstreet- Vice President
  • Philip Kuyers - Secretary
  • Joe Bush
  • Greg DeJong
  • Kate Harmon
  • Lukas Hill
  • James Holtvluwer
  • Linda McAffrey
  • Jim Miedema


Parks Staff

Fillmore Street Complex Office Staff

  • Jason Shamblin
    Parks & Recreation Director
    Jason’s passion for the outdoors developed during his youth while growing up on a farm in the hills of rural south eastern Ohio. Prior to his arrival in Ottawa County, Jason was the Assistant Director of MetroParks of Butler County Ohio for over six years. Jason also worked in municipal Parks and Recreation in Central Ohio where he was the Director of Parks and Recreation for Reynoldsburg, and for Grove City and Gahanna. Jason began his career working for the YMCA in Akron and is a proud alumni of Ohio University.
  • Curtis TerHaar
    Coordinator of Park Planning & Development
    Curt is a landscape architect and land planner with 30 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of recreation and other outdoor public use areas. He started with the Ottawa County Parks system in 2005 after working at private design firms in West Michigan including his own landscape architecture design company. Curt was born and raised in Grand Haven and has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.
  • Aaron Bodbyl-Mast
    Park Planner
  • Jennifer Sharabidze
    Senior Secretary
  • Cia Segerlind
    Secretary
  • Kyle Roffey
    Administrative Assistant
  • Jessica VanGinhoven
    Coordinator of Community Engagement

Nature Center Staff

  • Jessica VanGinhoven
    Coordinator of Interpretive & Information Services (interim); Communication Specialist
    Jessica joined the team as the Communication Specialist in 2015. She manages day-to-day operations at Ottawa County Parks & Recreation's Nature Center and oversees programming, education, and community outreach. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in advertising from the New England Institute of Art and over 10 years of marketing and communication experience in a variety of industries. She is thrilled to bring her love of nature, education, and experience to the county.
  • Curtis Dykstra
    Park Naturalist
  • Mindy Stanton
    Nature Center Secretary

Park Operations Center Staff

  • Jason Boerger
    Coordinator of Park Maintenance and Operations
    Jason started in January 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance and operations including projects, policies, rule enforcement, fee collection, risk management and budgeting. Jason has 20 years of experience including programming, maintenance, law enforcement, management, and administrative roles. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University.
  • Bob Reichel
    Parks Operations Manager
    A department employee since 1996, Bob organizes, plans, and assigns day to day maintenance operations for the entire parks system.
  • Melanie Manion
    Natural Resources Manager
    Melanie started working for Ottawa County Parks in 2011 and is responsible for coordinating the protection, stewardship and restoration of natural resources on park properties and for the development of a comprehensive parks volunteer program. Melanie has a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University.
  • Nealy Molhoek
    Stewardship Supervisor
  • Collin Zackrison
    Parks Supervisor (East Area)
    Collin manages five properties and many public rental facilities on the east area of the county: Grand River Park, Hager Park, Grand Ravines Park, Spring Grove Park, Bend Area, Grand River Open Space.
  • Eric Frifeldt
    Parks Supervisor (South Area)
    Eric started for Ottawa County Parks in 2006 as a Park Attendant at North Beach Park. After completing his internship for OCPRC and receiving his B.S. in Parks and Recreation from Michigan State University he worked as a commissioned Park Ranger for the Michigan State Parks. He returned full-time to Ottawa County Parks in 2015 as the West Area Supervisor and took over the role of South Area Supervisor in 2020. Eric oversees 8 parks and 3 opens spaces including Hemlock Crossing, Pine Bend, Pigeon Creek Park, Riley Trails, Paw Paw Park, Upper Macatawa Natural Area, Adam's Street Landing, Hiawatha Forest, Port Sheldon Natural Area, and Van Buren Street Dunes.
  • Kate Alvarez
    Parks Supervisor (North Area)
    Kate is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she received her B.S. in Natural Resources Management. She started with Ottawa County Parks in 2016 working as a Stewardship Crew member for 4 years and Grounds Attendant for 1 year before taking over as the North Area Supervisor. Kate oversees 7 parks, 7 open spaces, and 3 regional bike trails including Stearns Creek, Connor Bayou, Riverside Park, Deer Creek, Eastmanville Farm, Crockery Creek, Grose Park, Robinson Forest, Johnson St. Forest, Bass River Open Space, Eastmanville Bayou, Bur Oak Landing, Jubb Bayou, Marne Bog, the Musketawa Trail (in Ottawa County), the Idema Explorer's Trail (Robinson Township), and the Spoonville Trail.
  • Jeremy Cook
    Parks Supervisor (West Area)
    Jeremy oversees eight park sites on the west side of the county: Kirk Park, North Beach Park, Historic Ottawa Beach Parks, Rosy Mound Natural Area, Tunnel Park, Olive Shores, Ottawa Sands, North Ottawa Dunes.
  • Ben Page
    Seasonal Park Supervisor (Marina)
  • Jeremy Hamstra
    Parks Equipment Specialist
  • Bob Shannon
    Park Maintenance Worker
  • Aaron Goodell
    Park Maintenance Worker
  • Tom Dorton
    Parks Maintenance Worker