Local and county leaders organized the Eaton County Parks and Recreation Department in 1970
following several years of study. Olivet College, the Eaton County Farm Bureau, and the Michigan State
University Cooperative Extension Service sponsored community resource development seminars in
1967, 1968, and 1969. Out of these studies came a recommendation to organize a County Parks and
Recreation Department. A commission of ten members, appointed by the Eaton County Board of
Commissioners (then called Board of District Supervisors) was created under Public Act 261 of the
Public Acts of 1965 State of Michigan as amended.