Ashland Parks and Recreation Commissioner Rick Landt is currently serving his second term. His first term spanned 1998 through 2002 and his second concludes in December 2014. “Ashland parks, the crown jewels of our City, have been shepherded through the years by men and women of vision,” expressed Landt. Rick strives to support and further this work and to ensure cost-effective protection and enhancement of the natural environment. He takes an interest in finding ways to design and maintain parkland in a manner that minimizes long-term costs. “In 40 to 50 years, cumulative maintenance overhead of most City parks will exceed purchase and construction expenses. It is imperative that we carefully design and maintain our parks to minimize long-term costs.” Rick’s background in environmental planning and permaculture design provides a unique perspective for the commission. He enjoys listening to and discussing issues of the day with Parks staff, his fellow commissioners and members of the public who speak during meetings or simply approach him on the street.