Board of Commissioners

The Belvidere Park District is a separate governing unit which levies its own tax to provide park facilities and recreation for the residents of the district. Innovative leadership starts with our community-elected, five member Board of Commissioners. Members of the Board of Commissioners are elected to four year terms and serve without compensation.

Mary Marquardt – President

Mary has been pillar of the board since 1987 and continues to lead the district into the future. She has been in the community of Belvidere for over 40 years.  She is a life time member of the Boone County Historical Society and is an active member of The Parks and Conservation Foundation. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her 3 grandchildren, enjoying the arts, and time spent gardening.

Jean Twyning – Vice- President

Jean began her association with BPD as a six year-old pool patron and later became a swim instructor and lifeguard (11 yrs.).  Now a retired District 100 biology teacher, she stays active in several organizations including Boone County Arts Council, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Boone County Community Foundation, Panhellenic Society, and Zion Lutheran Church.  Jean actively promotes public recreation as a community asset.  For 19 years she organized the KishWalk encouraging elementary children to raise funds for the Riverfront path system while exercising at school.  Jean was awarded the 2006 “Doctor of Civic Betterment” title by the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce.

Eric Dahl – Commissioner

Eric, his wife Jennifer and kids Kyle and Alison have been residents of Boone County since 2002. Eric has a Bachelors degree from Illinois State University and Masters Degree from Northern Illinois University. Eric is currently employed in the Financial Services Industry with an office located in Belvidere. Interests include outdoor activities such as boating, kayaking, biking and exploring the great parks and conservation areas available to us in Belvidere, Boone County and Rockford.

John Ackman – Secretary

John grew up in nearby Marengo, IL, graduating from Marengo High School and serving in the Army as an x-ray technician.  John has lived in Belvidere for 45 years with his wife, Shirley, a life-long resident. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren and the family has always enjoyed the benefits of the park facilities and programs.  Alex, the youngest, is an active participant in many of the NASR programs.  This prompted John to get involved as a member of the Park Board where he is serving his second 4 year term.  He is the Maintenance Manager of Scientific Metal Treating in Roselle, IL. He looks forward to being involved with future expansion of the many programs of the Park District.

Sam An – Commissioner

Sam is recently just taken his seat on the board and is in the process of writing his Bio.

Board meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
at 5 p.m. at the Baltic Mill Annex in Belvidere Park – 920 W. Lincoln Ave.