By Angelo Parlove,

Chelsea resident Erin Brayton often spends time in the Chelsea parks with her two young children, boys ages eight and five.

“We spend a lot of time at the parks,” she said. “I’ve been looking for a way to get more involved with the city.”

Brayton now looks to use her knowledge of the local parks as the newest member of the Chelsea Parks and Recreation Commission. Brayton was appointed to the commission by city council at their April 2 regular meeting.


“I’m already experiencing the parks and will now have that inside track on how they are getting used regularly,” she said.

The appointment fills the final vacant position on the commission, with the term running for one year until March 2019. The city received only one application for the open position.

City council established the Parks and Recreation Commission on December 18, 2017, with the Brayton appointment rounding out the seven-member commission. Mayor Melissa Johnson serves as the city council representative to the commission.

Brayton is a Michigan State University graduate and owner of Edesigns Activewear, an apparel and sewing business. She has been a Chelsea resident since 2009.


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