Parks And Recreation

The Park Commission has authority to acquire, maintain, manage, and control Glen Arbor Township parks and public places of recreation.

 

Park Commission


Member
Celeste Crouch

(517) 881-2472
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Celeste Crouch is a 15-year resident of Glen Arbor, married to Charlie, with 3 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren.  Celeste loves to play tennis at the downtown courts and at the Leelanau School.  She also enjoys painting with watercolors, hiking, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren when they come to visit, especially at the playground at the Glen Arbor park.  Celeste is looking forward to contributing to the work of the Commission, which strives to maintain and enhance recreational opportunities for all community members and visitors in Glen Arbor.  She has been a member of the Commission since the summer of 2016.


Chairman
Jim Fowler

(231) 334-8113
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Jim retired to Glen Arbor in 2004 and has been a member of the Commission for 11 years.  He was the Athletic Director at Flint Northern and was the owner of the Genesee Valley tennis club.  Jim is a member of the Empire Methodist Church and also a member of the Empire Lions Club.  He and his wife, Barb, have been married for 60 years and have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  His hobbies include playing golf at Manitou Passage, fishing, and watching our park programs grow.


Member
Jim Munson

(231) 334-3267
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Jim Munson joined the Park Commission three years ago after leaving a career as a dry cleaner in Birmingham and Detroit, Michigan. In 2001, Jim and his wife Barbara moved to Northern Michigan as full-time residents in Glen Arbor. Jim and Barbara have loved their last 16 years in Northern Michigan and are joined by their two beautiful daughters living in Traverse City, as well as four grandchildren living successful lives.

Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Institute of Laundry and Dry Cleaning and has recently joined the board of Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. In his spare time, Jim enjoys playing tennis, swimming, golfing. For the past ten years, Jim has regularly attended Pilates alongside the nine women in his class (proving once and for all that not all dry cleaners are stupid!).

How fortunate we all are to live in this most unique and beautiful part of the world.


Park Manager
Kim Guilbeau

(517) 420-3112
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Kim was a commissioner for 5 years, has helped run the GA Tennis Tournament for 7 years, and now works in the position of Park Manager.  Kim moved to Glen Arbor full-time in 2009 with her husband, Greg, and their two sons; she is the 4th generation in her family to live in Glen Arbor.  Kim graduated from MSU with a BS in Parks and Recreation Management.  She has coached tennis in both East Lansing and Glen Arbor and now volunteers at the Glen Lake School.  She also runs a garden design business.  Kim loves to garden, play tennis, hike with her dog, and spend time with her family.


Secretary
Laura Wiesen

(231) 632-4530
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This is Laura’s first year on the Commission and she is very excited to be involved with such a hard-working and fun-loving group.  She is a full-time math teacher at Glen Lake High School and works part-time for the Glen Lake Water Quality Committee.  Laura has had the good fortune to enjoy Glen Arbor’s park facilities for forty-plus  years and is delighted to be able to work towards its maintenance and improvement.


Member
Paul Walters

(231) 334-3025
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Paul has been on the Parks Commission and also a resident of Glen Arbor for eight years.  He is a retired instrumental music teacher from Forest Hills Public Schools.  Paul was the Commander/Conductor of the 126 Michigan National Guard Army Band for 33 years.  In 2005, he founded the Glen Arbor Athletic Club in the old school building and brought Pickleball to Glen Arbor.  Paul holds a Master’s degree from CMU in Recreation and Parks Administration.  Formerly from Grand Rapids, Paul and his wife, Marcia, have been married for 49 years.  They have two children and two grandchildren.


Member
Rick Schanhals

(213) 638-1589
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Rick has served on the Park Commission since August 2015.  He is also part of the trail crew for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and tutors Math at the Glen Lake High School.  Rick is president of MedTrak Learning, which provides healthcare books and cloud-based software for students medical assisting, medical billing, and health information technology.  He and his wife, Ann, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.  Rick enjoys playing sports of all kinds and loves to read.


Member
Ron Calsbeek

(231) 334-0054
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Ron will complete his first term on the Park Commission in November 2016.  Ron volunteers as a member of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and loves to hike the many beautiful trails in this area.  He also play tennis at every opportunity.  Most of Ron’s professional career was in education; he worked as a teacher, secondary principal, and assistant superintendent for the Grand Rapids Public Schools, where his career spanned 33 years.  After retirement, Ron worked as director of human resources for Tiara Yachts and later as a human resources consultant in public and private organizations.  Ron has been married to Diane for 46 years and have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.  The Calsbeeks have owned a home in Glen Arbor since 2004, living here full-time since 2009.  Ron loves to read and is a member of the Suttons Bay Congressional Church.