Park Board

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The Parks & Recreation Board of Commissioners has a vital and active role in the planning and development process of parks in Wyandotte County. Its primary function is to serve as an advisory body that provides recommendations on the department's activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, making recommendations on park development, long-term planning initiatives for park needs, and recreation programs.


The Board comprises eleven members, one position is vacant. Please see below for a list of the current members.

Become a Member

Appointed By Member Name Term Expiration Date
District 1 At-Large, Bynum Ashley Williamson 12/15/2027
District 1, Townsend Kevin Mitchell 12/15/2025
District 2 At-Large, Burroughs Sarah Lynch 12/15/2025
District 2, Burns Jim Schneweise 12/15/2027
District 3, Ramirez Amanda DeVriese-Sebilla 12/15/2027
District 4, Hill Karen Daniels 12/15/2027
District 5, Kane Andrea Behrman 12/15/2025
District 6, Lopez Dr. Jane Winkler Philbrook 12/15/2027
District 7, Stites Dani Gurley 12/15/2025
District 8, Davis Laura Flores 12/15/2025
Mayor Garner Mario Escobar 12/15/2025
USD 500, non-voting member Samuel Simmons No Expiration

How to Participate in a Virtual Meeting

The Unified Government Board of Parks Commission meetings will be held virtually via Zoom to limit the spread of COVID-19. Members of the public can attend meetings using the webinar link or telephone dial-in information.

To participate or comment during the meeting, please note that public comments will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting and will be limited to 3 minutes. To speak, contact the Parks and Recreation office at (913) 573-8327 or email

If you plan to speak, how do you intend to join?

  • Phone - Tell us your number so we can admit you to the meeting as a speaker.

  • Virtually - Sign-in to Zoom with your full name.

  • Email - Send us a comment beforehand and we’ll add it to the meeting record.

  • Fax your comment to (913) 573-8328.

  • Mail your request to Unified Government Parks and Recreation Office, 5033 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101

While the public is encouraged to submit comments in advance, meetings that include public hearings will include opportunities for public comment using the Zoom application or to dial into the meeting by phone. Please be prepared to give your first name, last name, address and phone number calling from for the public record.

Proper meeting decorum is expected of all in attendance at the meeting and anyone who fails to act properly may be removed from the meeting. The Unified Government reserves the right to discontinue a meeting if any improper behavior occurs which prevents the uninterrupted conduct of business.