Park & Recreation Advisory Board

Park and Recreation Advisory Board 2020


Third Thursday of each month
6:30 p.m.

City Hall
Washington North Conference Room
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

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Name Title Term expiration
Ben Playter Vice Chair December 31, 2020
Peder Jothen Member December 31, 2022
Neil Lutsky Member December 31, 2022
Megan Kraby Member December 31, 2021
Nathan Knutson Member December 31, 2022
Kristin Partlo Member December 31, 2020
Daniel Hollerung Chair December 31, 2021
Michael Stanley Member (non-voting) December 31, 2020
Caleb Meeker        Youth Representative 2020-2021 school year
Sammy Noreen Youth Representative (non-voting) 2020-2021 school year

Staff liaisons

Name Title Phone number
Tim Behrendt Streets & Parks Manager 507-645-3027
Wanda Playter Administrative Assistant 507-645-3045


The City of Northfield Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) directly advises staff and officials regarding the public parks system and all public recreational facilities in the City of Northfield. PRAB assists with long-range planning for land acquisition for parks, natural areas and trails, as well as detailed plans for park development and use and recreational facilities.

2019 accomplishments

  • Riverside/Lions Park: installed playground equipment donated by the Lions
  • River Corridor: partnered with the Riverfront Enhancement Advisory Committee for Ames Park, Babcock Park, Riverside/Lion Park, and Sechler Park
  • Splash Pad: assisted initiative lead by a local affinity group for future project potential
  • 5-10 year CIP: prioritized improvements and maintenance throughout our parks
  • Way Park: completed paver patio installation
  • Maintenance: city operators and our community support strengthened at Lashbrook Park, Spring Creek Park and countless others

Member requirements

The board consists of seven members appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Members serve staggered three-year terms. Members do not receive monetary compensation.


  1. Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057