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Parks & Recreation Commission


Makes recommendations for the establishment of an effective Parks & Recreation System for the citizens & residents of the Town.


The Town Parks & Recreation Commission is established pursuant to the authority of the Code of the Town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Chapter 13, Section 2-13-10.

The Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Town Council. The Council shall seek members with experience in local organized recreation or who have experience in such programs elsewhere, or with experience in child care provision or in leisure service to senior citizens.

The Commission members shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years; provided, however, that no member may serve more than two (2) successive terms except for extraordinary circumstances where Town Council believes it to be in the best interest of the community to have a continuation, for a specified period, of a particular member of the Commission.

Powers and Duties:

To make studies of the existing facilities for parks and recreation within the Town of Hilton Head Island, and to assess the future needs of the citizens and residents of the Town, and to make recommendations to the Town Council for the establishment of long and short term goals concerning the development and management of parks and recreation facilities for the citizens and residents of the Town (hereinafter the master parks and recreation plan).

In making such studies and recommendations to the Town Council, the Commission shall include and/or address the following:

  • An analysis of the operations, program delivery systems, and financial commitment of the County to parks and recreation within the Town;
  • A review of existing and proposed recreation management services and programs. The Commission shall recommend to the Town Council providers of said services and/or programs;
  • A recommendation of standards for the development, preservation, and maintenance of parks and recreation facilities;
  • An analysis of budgets and financial statements submitted by existing recreation management providers within the Town;
  • An analysis of the existing plans and proposals of the various boards, commissions, or agencies of the Town; for example, Planning Commission, land bank commission as well as other entities such as the Island Recreation Association, for the development of parks, open space and recreation (both passive and active) within the Town.

To conduct periodic surveys, either in conjunction with or independent from, existing service providers, to determine whether the master parks and recreation plan is meeting the wishes and desires of the citizens relative to parks and recreation within the Town and to make a report of the results of such surveys to the Town Council.

To make periodic recommendations to the Town Council for the periodic updating of the master parks and recreation plan for the Town.