Park & Recreation Advisory Board

Members of the Park and Recreation Advisory Commission hang out on the swings at Washington Park


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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NameTitleTerm expiration
Sebastian Burset
MemberDecember 31, 2024
Peder JothenMemberDecember 31, 2022
Nathan Knutson
MemberDecember 31, 2022
Stacy Longwich Kleis
MemberDecember 31, 2024
Neil Lutsky
December 31, 2022
Rebecca PetersonVice-Chair
December 31, 2023
Ben Playter
ChairDecember 31, 2023
Adam OlsonNon-voting MemberDecember 31, 2022
Cora McBroomYouth Representative (non-voting member)2021-2022 school year
Soren RichardsonYouth Representative (voting member)2021-2022 school year


For general information about the board, please contact a staff liaison. Also, if you have questions or comments for the board, contact a staff liaison and they will assist.

NameTitlePhone number
Tim BehrendtStreet & Parks Manager507-645-3027
Wanda PlayterAdministrative Assistant507-645-3045


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.

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.


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    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

  1. 2020 accomplishments
  2. 2019 accomplishments

In 2020, we faced unprecedented opposition in our community due to the response of a global pandemic. Many recreation activities were affected and due to closures of programming we observed numerous associations and community members suffer extensive cancellations throughout the year.


  • Riverside/Lions Park: completed the street project of the turnaround and opened the canoe/kayak takeout; in 2021 we will see the pickle ball courts reconstructed
  • River corridor: delivered an action plan which our city council reviewed and adopted after being presented by the Riverfront Enhancement Advisory Committee, which included Ames Park, Babcock Park, Riverside/Lion Park, and Sechler Park
  • Odd Fellows Park: slated to have ADA-complaint restrooms constructed in 2021 as part of the assessed needs of our ongoing park infrastructure improvements
  • Way Park: additional concepts and planning for a Northfield Hospital memorial have been in the works and will likely be realized in 2021
  • Maintenance: collaboration between the department and community associations support marquee parks like Babcock Park, Sechler Park, and Spring Creek which offer expansive sporting venues and future development opportunities