Gerald Jaloszynski


Starting from his first parks and recreation job as a summer park ranger with the Department of Natural Resources, Gerald Jaloszynski has maintained a longstanding hands-on approach which has led to an impressive list of accomplishments and community service.

Jaloszynski studied parks and recreation at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels, and as his knowledge and experience grew, so did his responsibility and contributions to the industry. One of the cornerstones of Jaloszynski’s career has been his work with park and trail acquisition and development, including the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, the Fred Meijer CIS Trail, and the first two county-owned parks in Clinton County, which received multiple design and accessibility awards. His tireless work helped secure critical funding and transform these properties into accessible public recreational havens, proving the undeniable value of parks and recreation. He carried the county’s Board of Commissioners from a position of initial hesitance to full and continued support. Jaloszynski also created numerous publications to guide continued success through recreation plans, revenue plans, risk management guides, and Clinton County’s first-ever county-wide bicycle circulation plan.

Jaloszynski’s work in parks and recreation represents strong service and a connection to the community, which extended to diverse and valuable additional forms of involvement. Building upon his parks and recreation legacy, Jaloszynski also served as a member and a leader to community organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Isabella County Board of Commissioners, MSU Extension Advisory Council, Chippewa Watershed Conservancy, and CMU Parks and Recreation Curriculum Advisory Board.

As with many Hall of Fame inductees, Jaloszynski was also committed to networking and advancing the parks and recreation industry through his membership with mParks. Aside from his basic professional commitment to remaining informed and engaged as a member since 1977, he contributed knowledge from his own career experience by making presentations at mParks’ Annual Conference. He served the Association as a board member from 1987-1991, including a term as secretary from 1990-1991.

It’s the often-unsung work of mParks members and leaders which keeps the association running and advances the profession of parks and recreation. Jaloszynski represents precisely that work which we are pleased to recognize today. 


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