Recreation Commission


The Abilene Recreation Commission was established in September 1972. Funding for Recreation is levied through USD 435. The purpose of the Recreation Commission is to provide funding for recreational programming and perform any other acts necessary to carry out recreational activities in Abilene.

The Recreation Commission shall consist of five members to be appointed two from the school district, two from the City of Abilene, and one appointed as a member at large from the four appointees. The term of office is four years. Members are appointed before their terms begin in August.

Duties of the Recreation Commission

The Abilene Parks and Recreation Department has established a mission to preserve and manage public parks and recreation facilities and to create recreational, cultural, education, and leisure activities to benefit and enhance the quality of life in this community.

View Bylaws (PDF)

Current Members and Term

  • Derek Berns (School Board Appointee) 2024
  • Shelly Crane (Member at Large) 2024
  • Shawn Herrman (City Commission Appointee) 2026
  • Angie Evans (School Board Appointee) 2027
  • Billy Hansen (City Commission Appointee) 2027

Meeting and Contact Information

The Recreation Commission meets on the 4th Monday of January, the third Monday of February, April, June, July, September, and November at 6:30 a.m. in the Abilene Community Center, 1020 NW 8th Abilene, Kansas.

Find Agenda and Minutes.

For more information or questions regarding the Recreation Commission please feel free to contact Kellee Timbrook, Parks and Rec Director at the Abilene Parks and Recreation Department, 785-263-7266.