The commission meets at 7:00 PM on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Check the Town of Dryden calendar at http://dryden.ny.us/information/calendar/ for meeting information.

The mission of the Dryden Recreation and Youth Commission is to provide a high quality of life for all town residents by assisting in facilitating opportunities to participate in healthy and satisfying recreation and leisure activities and by supporting and increasing access for town youth to programs that build skills, confidence, leadership, and supportive relationships with peers and adults.

The Commission also acts as an advisory body to the Recreation Department and Town Board as well as a liaison to the community, Dryden Central School District, the Villages of Dryden and Freeville, and Tompkins County.

Current Members:
David Peck, Chair (2023)

Joanne Holland, Co-Vice Chair (2022)

Rhonda Kowalski, Co-Vice Chair (2021)

Diane Pamel (2021)

Ron Szymanski (2021)

Alice Green (2022)

Claudia Haferkemp-Wise (2023)

Staff Liaisons:

Marty Conger, Recreation Director, Town of Dryden

Kate Shanks-Booth, Tompkins County Youth Services Department

Athena Steinkraus, Rural Youth Services (Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Town Board Liaisons:
Loren Sparling

Leonardo Vargas-Mendez, alternate

Interested in filling a current or future vacancy on the commission? Download and complete a volunteer application. Return it to the Town Clerk by email or US mail at: 93 E Main St, Dryden, NY 13053.

Enacting Legislation: Recreation and Youth Commission Local Law

DRYC 2015 Report to Town Board  (presented June 2015)

2015 DRYC Annual Report

2015 Community Grants

2014 DRYC Annual Report

2014 Community Grants

2012 DYC Annual Report
2013 DRYC Annual Report
2013 DRYC Funded Programs
2014 DRYC Funded Programs

2009 Dryden Youth Needs Assessment
Town of Dryden Recreation Needs Assessment
Recreation Master Plan Adopted July 2011

Click here to view Conceptual Designs of the Town of Dryden Community Park: Park Designs

Some Meeting Minutes are available on-line.

*Note that the former Recreation Commission and former Youth Commission merged in 2013 to form the new Dryden Recreation and Youth Commission. Some documents posted on this site from past years will reflect work done by either the Recreation Commission (DRC) or Youth Commission (DYC).