Advises City Council on the needed facilities to provide open spaces such as parks, playgrounds, and community facilities for other forms of recreation.
Oversees City programs and encourage other programs for the leisure time of the City residents of all ages.
Commission consists of 6 members serving 3-year terms.
Phone: (515) 961-3822
Jon Anderson joined the commission in March, 2012.
""My wife Kristin and I had no idea a Parks and Recreation department could have so much to offer until we moved to Indianola 9 years ago. We love that there is something for everyone. Our 3 children are currently doing Tiny Kickers and Softball. My wife and I will be attempting co-ed softball this summer. We will also be at the pool often."
Phone: (515) 961-0209
Laura Beals joined the commission in February, 2012.
"My husband, Mike, and I have two sons, Justin and Matthew. In the 10 years we have lived in Indianola, we have participated in numerous Park and Rec youth sports programs and family activities. We also enjoy the trails system and Memorial Aquatic Center. I look forward to serving on the commission, as a strong Parks & Recreation program is a key contributor to the quality of life in Indianola."
Phone (515) 961-1519
Cyd Dyer joined the commission in January, 2012. She and her two daughters have attended many Park & Rec programs over the years. Cyd enjoys strength training, yoga and taking her dog on the bike trails or to the dog park.
"The new Indianola Magazine is a wonderful way to highlight leisure activities activities in town. And the opening of the wellness center will bring even more health-related opportunities to our community." Cyd served 10 years on the Indianola Board of Education and is the College Librarian/Archivist at Simpson College.
Phone: (515) 961-6579
John Hagener joined the commission in January, 2011.
He and his wife, Val, have two daughters, Joslyn and Terrill who thoroughly enjoy the programs and attractions provided by the Parks and Recreation department. He enjoys water parks, biking, swimming and building outdoor ice rinks. He believes that the quality of life is excellent in Indianola because of the dedicated, passionate, and caring staff and volunteers Indianola Parks and Recreation department has. John is a Park and Recreation Superintendent with the City of Des Moines.
Phone: (515) 961-9677
Jennifer Leech joined the commission in January, 2010.
She is married to Andy Leech and has three daughters. She enjoys many outdoor activities like running, biking trails, hiking and water sports. She has lived in Indianola most of her life and thinks it is a great place to live and raise children. She is excited about the opportunities she will have serving on the Commission, and believes a strong Parks & Rec program is important for Indianola to continue to be successful in the future.
Phone: (515) 249-1947
Roger joined the commission in January, 2014. He and his wife, Susan, have lived in Indianola since the early 80’s. Roger was a teacher at Indianola High School for 33 years until he retired in 2012 to ride his bicycle across America. He now works as the director at WeLIFT Job Search Center in Indianola. Other interests besides cycling include, tae kwon do, gardening and helping with the youth group at his church. An additional "hobby" is facilitating the Warren County Child Abuse Prevention Council's Young Parents Program.
“I first became involved in Parks & Rec when my son Greg was little. I went to sign him up for the P & R's Tiny Kickers soccer league and ended up coaching a team even though I knew nothing about soccer. I started Tae Kwon Do through Parks and Rec as a student in 1998, then began instructing the classes offered by Parks & Recreation in 2002 earning my black belt. Now I find myself contributing to the Parks & Rec mission by serving on the commission.”