Parks & Recreation Commission

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The purpose of the Parks & Recreation Commission is to work with City staff as it studies matters pertaining to parks, open space, natural areas, trails, and recreational facilities and programs for the purposes of informing, advising, or recommending certain actions to the City Council.

There are seven members (7) of the Parks & Recreation Commission. Appointments to the Commission are made by the Mayor, with confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must be residents of the City of Maple Valley. All Commission members shall serve three-year terms.

In addition, there is one Parks & Recreation Commission Alternate who attends Park & Recreation Commission meetings and may be selected to fill a Commissioner position which becomes vacant due to reasons other than term expiration.

Current members of the Parks & Recreation Commission are:

  • Chris Tallman, Chair
  • Sarah Gilbert-Newell - Vice Chair
  • Pat Weiler - Commissioner
  • Dave Sanderson - Commissioner
  • Zachary Sander - Commissioner
  • Tim Calohan- Commissioner
  • Philip Chiappini- Commissioner
  • Lauren Bergstrom - Alternate
  • Vacant - Alternate
  • Vacant - Alternate

The Parks & Recreation Commission is currently recruiting up to two (2) non-voting alternate positions. To apply, interested participants must complete and submit an application

The Parks & Recreation Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley. All meetings are open to the public.

To contact members of the Parks and Recreation Commission please contact staff liaison Tracy Kelly at or 425-432-9953. 

An Annotated Agenda that shows formal action taken by the Commission at each business meeting will be posted to the website as soon as feasible following each Commission meeting. Once the formal Minutes of each meeting have been approved by the Commission, the approved Minutes will be posted and the Annotated Agenda removed.

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Parks & Recreation Open House - Future Playground at Summit park

We need your help to design a NEW playground at Summit Park

Join city of Maple Valley staff, the project architect, and NW Playground Equipment staff at an open house to discuss the future playground at Summit Park. You will learn about the project, meet the playground designer, and most importantly, contribute your ideas on the elements you'd like to see in the new playground. Three draft designs will be presented. 

News Release [PDF]

Open House Poster [PDF]

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