Parks & Green Space Commission

About the Commission


The Green Space Commission was created in December 2000 by the Clinton County Board of Commissioners to serve as the PA 261 Parks and Recreation Commission for Clinton County.

The Green Space Commission facilitated the development of the Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan and currently implements the 9 goals listed in the action program. On December 19, 2014 the Board of Commissioners adopted an updated Final Plan for 2015-2019 (PDF).

The Commission was renamed to Parks and Green Space Commission in 2010 to more accurately reflect of the scope of its activities. The first County Park to be established is Motz County Park, which the County celebrated the grand opening on June 12, 2010.


Clinton County Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan: 2020-2024

On January 28, 2020 the Clinton County Board of Commissioners adopted the Clinton County Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan: 2020-2024. The plan will guide Parks and Green Space Commissioners and other county officials in the acquisition, development and management of county-owned park land and recreation facility development over the next five years. The plan has been submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for review. Upon DNR approval, Clinton County will become eligible to apply for state and federal grants for park acquisition and recreation facility development.

Click HERE to view the adopted plan. Parks and Green Space Commissioners welcome public input on topics of interest to the public. Please email or call the Commission Coordinator at parks@clinton-county.org or (989) 224-5128. The public are also welcome to attend the monthly Parks and Green Space Commission meeting held on the first Friday of every month at 8:30 am. The meeting is held in the Clinton County Courthouse, 100 E. State Street – 2nd floor, St. Johns, MI 48879

Get Involved


Do you have project ideas for the Parks and Green Space Commission? The Parks and Green Space Commission welcomes your comments and suggestions. Do you want to get Parks and Green Space news and updates emailed to you? Send an email to Tom Olson to share your comments and suggestions or to be added to the distribution list. Our mailing address is:
Parks and Green Space Commission
100 E State Street
Suite 1500
St. Johns, MI 48879

For More Information


If you would like to contact Tim Machowicz, Chairman of the Parks and Green Space Commission, you may reach him by cell at 517-388-2505 or at work at 517-243-1010.

Mission Statement


Identify, acquire, develop and maintain a vibrant county park system that improves the quality of life in Clinton County. The system will include non-motorized trails and natural resource based parks of countywide significance that complement existing public and private park, recreation and open space opportunities, anticipate future growth and development and help maintain the county's rural character.