About Us

Pendleton Parks and Recreation is governed by a seven member Parks, Recreation, & Cemetery Commission, who serve a four-year term and are appointed by the Mayor. We also have a Tree Commission who are a proud component of our Tree City USA status, and they are currently working on updating and improving the Tree Ordinance. Meetings are held at Noon on the second Thursday of every other month. All commission meetings are open to the public, and we encourage attendance and public input. 

Parks, Recreation, & Cemetery Commission

Meetings are held at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Location varies; call for details. 

Photo of Parks and Rec Commission Members

Back row left to right: Brett Bryan (past commissioner), John Blessinger, Rick Guenther, and Dawn DiFuria McClendon (past commissioner).
Front row left to right: Kathryn Brown, Molly Turner, and Donnie Cook (past ex officio).

Current Members:
Kathryn Brown, Chair
Caryn Appler
Rick Guenther
Ian Shadle
Molly Turner
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
To apply for a vacant position, please download an application HERE and return it to the Mayor's Office at City Hall. Appointments last four years.

Ex Officio 
John Turner, Mayor
Robb Corbett, City Manager
Liam Hughes, Director, Parks, Recreation, & Cemetery
Jake Cambier, City Council Representative
John Blessinger, School Board Representative 
Melissa Porter, Secretary 
(Vacant) Planning Commission Representative 

2017 Report to City Council (PDF)


Tree Commission

Meetings are held at noon on the second Thursday of every other month. Location varies; call for details. 

Photo of Tree Commission Members

From left to right: Molly Turner, Dave Powell, Donnie Cook (past ex officio), Roberta LaVerdure, Richard Garner, and Chris Johnson (past commissioner).

Current Members:
Dave Powell, Chair
Molly Turner, Parks, Recreation, & Cemetery Commission Representative
Donna LaVerdure
Richard Gardner
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
To apply for a vacant position, please download an application HERE and return it to the Mayor's Office at City Hall. Appointments last four years.

Ex Officio 
John Turner, Mayor
Robb Corbett, City Manager
Liam Hughes, Director, Parks, Recreation, & Cemetery
Jake Cambier, City Council Representative
Melissa Porter, Secretary 


Background

Parks Division

The Parks Division maintains Pendleton's parks system, which includes 22 public park areas and 20 landscaped sites. This includes 11 reserve-able park shelters. Maintenance activities include mowing, operation of irrigation systems, restroom cleaning, park garbage pick-up, tree maintenance, leaf and snow removal, and related activities to keep the sites attractive and functional. In addition, the Parks Division coordinates rental of the Vert Auditorium, Club Room, and Little Theater.

The Pendleton Parks Commission was established in 1928, becoming the Parks and Recreation Commission in 1961. Pendleton’s park system developed around 1915 when the site for Til Taylor Park was acquired and land was set aside for Round Up Park, now Roy Raley Park.

Recreation Division

The Recreation Division staffs and programs the Aquatic Center, Til Taylor pool, two summer park programs, adult and youth athletic activities, a thriving gymnastics program and many other recreational activities. The Recreation Division stewards the Pendleton Recreation Center, which houses the Helen McCune Gymnasium and the Pendleton Foundation Room. They coordinate birthday party rentals, community use, open gyms, and recreation programs in the facility. 

Recreation programming began around 1927 with Pendleton’s ten-week public playground program of supervised play. A newspaper article in 1929 noted that 165 children attended the last picnic of the playground season.

Cemetery Division

Olney Cemetery, a 49-acre cemetery, is operated and maintained by the City of Pendleton's cemetery division that includes Olney Abbey Mausoleum, the Memorial Garden, and Treehaven Pet Cemetery. Activities include mowing, irrigation, grave openings, tree maintenance, and other activities to keep the cemetery functional and attractive.

The Pendleton cemetery, later known as Pioneer Cemetery, was abandoned in 1891 when Olney Cemetery was established. Most graves/headstones were moved to Olney, but several remain in what is now known as Pioneer Park.