Timothy John Doyle


One of mParks’ central goals is to mentor parks and recreation professionals in their careers, and to create not only quality work but passionate work. Timothy Doyle displayed these values and more during his career, spanning across three states and impacting both professionals and community members through parks and recreation.

Starting as a Physical Education major and working during college breaks as a lifeguard, playground director, and coach, Doyle graduated with a Bchelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and later worked as a Student Recreation Director at Virginia Polytechnical University. In 1973 he joined Michigan’s parks and recreation industry as the first director of Independence Township’s new Parks and Recreation Department.

As director, Doyle kicked off the department’s activities by initiating and hiring staff for youth and adult sports programming and senior citizen recreation. His grant-writing efforts led to the township’s acquisition and development of the areas that are now known as Clintonwood Park and Sashabaw Plains Park, providing important recreation spaces for the community. While working for the township, Doyle also completed his Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration and Resource Development at Michigan State University.

Doyle found great opportunity and pride in serving the parks and recreation industry through mParks. He became a familiar face with his multiple involvements as Conference Committee Chair, Student Committee Chair, Basketball Commissioner, and President. He also helped keep the membership updated and involved by writing many articles about the state of the Association, emerging trends, value of the parks and recreation industry, and the importance of involvement. He personally mentored and inspired many young parks and recreation professionals through his work with mParks, demonstrating and instilling the values of service and professionalism to further advance the industry. Doyle was recognized in 2002 with the mParks Fellowship Award. He also served the community as a Metro Detroit Amateur Softball Association commissioner and board member as well as serving in national capacities with the Amateur Softball Association and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Nearly 45 years after Doyle’s initial work establishing the Independence Township Parks and Recreation system, his work continues to impact lives. Many of his programs still exist, and the parks he established remain some of the best in the region, helping to make his legacy a well-remembered one in the Hall of Fame.


2017 mParks Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Summit on the Park  |  46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI

6:00 pm Cocktail Reception & Hors d'oeuvres6:30 pm Dinner and Induction Ceremony Dessert and Hall of Fame unveiling to follow
$60 per ticket


2017 mParks Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony