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 2023
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
Roger Digges / Commissioner
Commissioner since 2018
Next up for election in 2019
Roger Digges was appointed to the Board of Commissioners to fill out an unexpired term. Before being appointed, Digges served two years on the Urbana Park District Advisory Committee, the second as its chair. As an avid birder, Roger initially became interested in the District because of its work in developing and maintaining natural areas.
Roger is an ordained minister who retired in 2014 after 35 years of service. He enjoys his volunteer work as an East Central Illinois Master Naturalist serving the Urbana Park District and the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.
Email: rddigges at urbanaparks.org
Meredith Blumthal / Commissioner
Commissioner since 2010
Next up for election 2021
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
LaShaunda Cunningham / Commissioner
Commissioner since 2015
Next up for election 2021
Lashaunda Cunningham was born and raised in the Champaign-Urbana community. Prior to her election, Lashaunda served on UPDAC for 2 ½ years and as UPDAC president for six months of those 2 ½ years.
Lashaunda has been involved with parks and recreation for several years in different capacities. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies and Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She will complete her second Master’s Degree in December 2015 in Social Services Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Lashaunda’s recent involvement includes Vice President of Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day, committee member of UCAP, member of the Urbana Police Task Force committee, and PTA at the Urbana High School. Lashaunda enjoys the parks, park programming, bridging the gap in diversity, and making a difference in the community.
Email: lrcunningham 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.