Urbana Park District Board of Commissioners
The Urbana Park District Board of Commissioners oversees the operation of the Urbana Park District. The five-member board is elected by voters who live within the Urbana Park District boundaries and each member serves a six-year term. The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Urbana Park District Board of Commissioners. UPD monthly board meetings are taped and broadcast on UPTV, channel 6. See the UPTV broadcast schedule.
When are Board Meetings?
Regular board meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm. The schedule may occasionally vary. See the complete board meeting schedule here.
Where are Board Meetings?
Planning and Operations Office
1011 E. Kerr Ave., Urbana
The office is east of the intersection of Cunningham Avenue and Kerr Street.
May I Participate in Board Meetings?
The board conducts regular business at each meeting. There is time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Members of the public are asked to submit a card with their name and address and indicate whether they wish to address the board. Comments are kept to two minutes. The board will not be able to respond to comments during the meeting but comments are entered into the minutes and the board may be able to address comments at a later time.
What Happens at Board Meetings?
Download the board meeting agenda here.
Michael Walker / President
Commissioner since 1983
Next up for election 2019
A native of Urbana, Michael Walker is a graduate of Urbana High School and the University of Illinois. Before becoming a commissioner, he served on the district’s advisory committee, UPDAC. He is very proud of the park district’s combination of formal recreational programs, natural areas and informal recreation opportunities that serves the life-long needs of all of Urbana’s residents.
A computer software specialist, Michael retired from the University of Illinois in 1998 to begin his own consulting business. He is a frequent visitor to both Crystal Lake and Meadowbrook parks.
E-mail: mwwalker at urbanaparks.org
Nancy Delcomyn / Vice President
Commissioner since 1993
Next up for election 2017
Prior to her election in 1993, Nancy Delcomyn served on UPDAC, the Urbana Park District Advisory Committee. She became interested in serving on the board because of the excellent balance of parks, natural areas and recreation the district has achieved. Nancy is an avid gardener and needle worker.
E-mail: nadelcomyn at urbanaparks.org
Deborah Rugg / Commissioner
Commissioner since 2002
Deborah Rugg was appointed commissioner in June 2002 and elected in April 2003. She has been a member of the Champaign-Urbana community since 1971 and Urbana since 1985. She became an active volunteer with the Urbana Park District as a member of UPDAC. Deb likes the range of parks in UPD from the preserves at Busey Woods and Meadowbrook to the neighborhood parks dotting the park district.
Her professional training is in educational psychology. She worked at the medical school and retired from the Carle Foundation. Her recent involvement with the community includes C-U One-to-One Mentoring, Urbana Rotary, University YMCA and the League of Women Voters.
E-mail: dcrugg at urbanaparks.org
Bob Stewart / Commissioner
Commissioner since 2007
Next up for election 2019
Bob Stewart was elected to his first term as commissioner in April 2007. Prior to his election he served on UPDAC for three years, the final year as UPDAC president.
Bob has been involved with parks and recreation for many years, having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional/Urban Planning from Iowa State University. Bob was an Edge-Scott Fire Protection District volunteer in the 1980s, and has volunteered as a girl scout co-leader.
E-mail: bpstewart at urbanaparks.org
Meredith Blumthal / Commissioner
Commissioner since 2010
Next up for election 2015
Meredith Blumthal became a member of the Champaign-Urbana community as a University of Illinois student in 1997. In 2000, she moved to Urbana and has been a resident since.
Meredith’s professional background is in horticulture and agricultural economics and she is the Director of Education Abroad for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois. Meredith recognizes the public good which parks serve and the benefits to all age groups and continues to enjoy serving the community in this capacity. She is also active in the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program.
E-mail: mrblumthal at urbanaparks.org
Other Public Meetings
The Urbana Park District Advisory Committee (UPDAC) is a group appointed by the Board of Commissioners and hold public meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month (excluding July and December) at 7pm at the Planning and Operations Office, 1011 E. Kerr Street, Urbana
The public is also invited to occasional park and neighborhood planning meetings. These are announced in advance.