•  2023-2024 RAC Meetings

    The next meeting is on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30pm

    Rec & Ed Office - 1515 S. 7th St. Ann Arbor, MI 48103

    See below for how to submit public commentary.


    Please contact Conner Potter potterc@aaps.k12.mi.us with questions


    All meetings are held on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.


    RAC is a commission of 12 community members, jointly appointed by the Board of Education and City Council, to advise both entities about public recreation matters.  RAC's role includes:

    • Serving as a soundboard of the community, giving input and feedback to staff regarding what programs are offered, what fees are charged, what policies are implemented, and what procedures are used
    • Raising important issues about all facets of recreation, for consideration by policy makers, the media, and the public
    • Acting as Rec & Ed and Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation ambassadors and communicators, being informed on department activities, and representing the departments on various committees and informally in neighborhoods, at work, and in community organizations


    RAC began as the Citizens' Recreation Board in 1957 by resolutions of the Ann Arbor City Council and the Ann Arbor Board of Education.  The resolution acknowledged the joint effort of both the City and Schools to see that recreational programs are effectively carried on to meet the public recreation needs of the entire community.  The resolution was the result of the work of a large community-based committee representing 70 community agencies named the Citizens' Committee on Public Recreation.  They recommended the development of a broad recreation program, jointly sponsored by the City Council and the Board of Education.


    RAC generally meets four times each year at 6:30 p.m.; in-person or over Zoom.  Meetings are open to the public, and provide an opportunity for public commentary. If you plan to attend a meeting, please email Conner Potter Potterc@aaps.k12.mi.us to confirm the date and time. The Commission usually does not meet in July and August.


    Six members are appointed by the Board of Education and six members are appointed by the City Council.  Commissioners' terms are for 3 years, renewable once.

    Current members are: Mark Brehob, Hannah Cary, Nicholas Crowe, Stacy Ebron, Hadil Ghoneim (V. Chair), Naomi Goldberg, Allison Miller, Laurence O'Connell (Chair), Hannah Smith, Patti Smith, Kurt Svoboda, open

    For comments, suggestions, concerns, or to apply to serve as a RAC Commissioner, contact Jenna Bacolor via email at bacolor@aaps.k12.mi.us or mail to RAC, Rec & Ed, 1515 S Seventh, Ann Arbor, MI  48103, or phone 994-2300, ext. 53101. 

    Public Commentary

    Members of the public interested in providing public commentary must submit their name by 4 hours prior to the meeting time (i.e. by 2:30 p.m. on a RAC meeting day). To sign up for public commentary, submit your full name and comments by emailing Potterc@aaps.k12.mi.us. Public commentary during electronic meetings will be read by AAPS staff.