Shape the future of fun: Volunteer for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board


The City of Albert Lea is seeking candidates for an open seat on its Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. This is a great way to volunteer and shape the community’s recreational opportunities, park amenities and overall image.

Jodi Hartman began serving on the board while a stay-at-home mom. She says it gave her a chance to serve, be a part of the community and meet people she might not otherwise have met. Having lived in many different areas of the country, she thought she could bring a new perspective to the board.

Hartman says that it has been interesting to see the process and consideration that goes into local happenings. The board recently designed a process for people to follow when requesting the board consider a project or amenity. The process lists the steps the request will go through so the applicants know what to expect. That process can be found on the city’s website at

What would Hartman say to someone considering serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: “It’s worth it. It’s worth the time once a month. You build relationships with others. It makes you look at the community as a whole and consider what is good and helpful for all of us.”

Applicants must be at least age 18 and a resident of Freeborn County, preferably Albert Lea. The board meets monthly and the term is for 4 years. Apply online at or contact the mayor’s office at 507-377-4330. After reviewing applications, Mayor Rich Murray will recommend an appointment to the Albert Lea City Council for approval.


The mission of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is to provide quality recreational opportunities and to plan, acquire, develop and maintain quality, attractive parks and facilities that enhance the quality of life in the community of Albert Lea.

Jodi Hartman