Mike Gardiner was first elected to the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission in 2002. Following two consecutive terms and a short break, he was appointed in January 2012 to serve out an open position through December 2014. Mike also spent six years on the Ashland Planning Commission. He enjoys voting on decisions and watching their implementation. As a commissioner, Mike holds a steadfast commitment to providing a city park within ¼-mile of every Ashland neighborhood. “Parks and open spaces are very important to the livability of our city,” stated Gardiner. Mike likes to see ideas develop into projects and enjoys taking part in the creation of new parks. He works hard to ensure that the commission adheres to its mission and remains true to its policies and goals. Mike’s experience in business management and his acquired knowledge from sitting on other commissions, boards and committees makes him a valuable asset to the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission.