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​​Construction begins in April on a portion of the Gallup Park Loop Trail

A segment of the Gallup Park Loop Trail, between the boat launch and the canoe livery, is in need of repair as part of ongoing maintenance. Work is scheduled to start the week of April 1 and is expected to be complete in early June, weather-permitting. Signs and barricades will be installed to safely direct users away from the construction zone. The city asks that trail users follow the posted detour as they ride, walk, bicycle and commute along this path. While the temporary closure is an inconvenience to users, the replacement of the pathway is intended to provide longer-term durability.  
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Any questions can be directed to Landscape Architect/Park Planner Adam Fercho at [email protected]. The city thanks trail users in advance for their patience. 

Playground redesign project updates 

In the fall of 2020 Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation staff gathered public input on potential playground renovations at Bromley and West parks via an online survey and online public meetings. The final design includes elements presented in the public meeting, as well as incorporates feedback from the community and outlines a preliminary schedule for spring/summer construction at these two sites.  

BROMLEY PARK:

• The natural playscape elements of a timber dome, clamber logs and stone steppers, as well as a formalized sand play area with logs and boulders.

• Removing the existing blue fire pole climber.

• Replacing and expanding the swing set in place to add an expression swing seat in addition to two belt seats and two tot seats. The existing pathway entrance at each end of the playground will be modified with a ramp into the wood chips for improved ADA access.

• Two new benches will be added to the playground.

​Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-May, take approximately three weeks, and be completed in June.  During this time, the playground may be closed to the public. 

View the Bromley Park design here. 

WEST PARK:

• The natural playscape elements of a log crawl tunnel, clamber logs and stone steppers will be added to an expanded east end of the playground.

• This expanded east end will also include a new sand play area with boulders, logs and a new sand digger. 

• The existing dolphin sculpture and merry-go-round will remain in place but have woodchip surfacing around them instead of sand to meet ADA standards.

• A new large shade tree will be added to the center of the playground with boulders and log seats surrounding it.

• Two new benches will be added to the shadier east end of the playground. 

Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-May, take approximately three weeks, and be completed in June. During this time, parts of the playground may be closed to the public.

View the West Park design here. 

Thank you again for your participation in this process.  If you have any questions, please contact the Park Planners Hillary Hanzel ([email protected]) and Adam Fercho ([email protected]).

​Graydon Park Swing Replacement Proposal

In 2020 Rose White Park was renamed Graydon Park after a City of Ann Arbor City Council resolution​ was passed to honor Graydon Krapohl. Neighborhood donations were collected for a memorial picnic table that will be handicapped accessible. The picnic table is scheduled for spring installation. It was proposed that the remaining funds be used to purchase a parent-child swing. Playground safety protocols require that toddler and regular swing be hung in separate bays. An idea to swap out the tire swing for two parent-child swings was proposed.

A survey ran from Feb. 1 -March 1 to solicit feedback on the proposal to remove the current tire swing and replace it with two parent-child (Expression SwingsTM).  ​
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March 3 UPDATE: 
The Graydon Park swing survey has officially closed and the results are in. It was great to see the feedback and receive so much input related to the park and playground.  While many are supportive of adding the Expression Swings, we also heard from many who shared that the tire swing is a park asset they didn’t want to lose. As I’ve highlighted below, the number of votes that didn’t support removing the tire swing was 33% which is a significant number and means we are pausing to explore a solution that satisfies more park users. Developing options for retaining the tire swing while both adding Expression Swings and trying to keep as much green space as possible is a larger project that will be included in identified capital project needs for neighborhood playgrounds and will be revisited late 2021 / early 2022.  Any future happenings will entail a public engagement step. 
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Bandemer Park/Barton Nature Area Pedestrian Connection Update​
A public meeting by the City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission was held Wednesday, Dec. 2 about the proposed pedestrian tunnel beneath the railroad by Bandemer Park.  If you have additional feedback before staff move onto the next steps on this project, please contact Adam Fercho, Park Planner at [email protected] or call 734.794.6230 ext.42549.

View the presentation.
Watch the public meeting​.
Review the meeting summary.
Review the feasibility report.

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Gallup Park Vehicle Bridge, Park Road and Trail Online Public Meeting Held Nov. 12
The vehicle bridge at Gallup Park has been identified for replacement and public input was sought for how Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation could improve the bridge and adjacent segments of the park road and the Border-to-Border trail. The scope of this project is limited to the area outlined in red on this aerial image below. 

View the presentation​
Watch the public meeting​.
Gallup Park Vehicle Bridge meeting summary​.


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Bromley and West Park Playground Projects

Public input is being sought on improvements to the playgrounds at Bromely Park and West Park this fall. These projects are not full playground renovations, but rather improvements to a few areas and pieces of equipment. Options presented will include traditional playground equipment as well as natural play equipment.  We look forward to hearing your input.

Bromley Park Presentation 
West Park Presentation 

Public Meeting Videos

Click to view the Bromley Park public meeting video and Bromley Park Summary .
Click to view the West Park public meeting​ video and West Park Summary​​​.

For more information about either meeting, please contact Hillary Hanzel, Park Planner at [email protected] or call 734.794.6230 ext. 42548.  


Burns Park Tennis Court Project/Survey Results

Thank you for participating in our recently released survey regarding the renovation of the Burns Park tennis courts. We received a tremendous amount of responses, further highlighting the value that the community places in its parks system! Your input is greatly appreciated and helps us to better understand community ideas, concerns and priorities.  You can read the summary results here​.

​​​​​​Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Open Space (PROS) Plan 2016-2020 

The 2016-2020 PROS Plan was adopted by City Council on Jan. 17, 2017. To view and read the plan, please click FINAL 2016-2020 PROS PLAN.pdf  (15MB).

The PROS Plan is the City’s vision for parks and recreation in Ann Arbor. The Plan provides an inventory of existing parks and facilities; describes the relationship between the park and recreation system, surrounding municipalities, and recreation providers; identifies park and recreation needs and deficiencies; and proposes major capital improvements for existing and new parks.

The 2016-2020 Plan facilitates discussion and evaluation of major issues, problems and potentials, sets priorities for the next five years, and identifies goals and objectives that reach further into the future.  The plan establishes background information while delineating system needs that may qualify for state and federal grant funding. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) requires that all municipalities applying for recreation grants have a current plan on file with the MDNR and to update that plan every five year.

Public Engagement Process

• A public hearing was held Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Park Advisory Commission Meeting to be held in City Council chambers, 301 East Huron St. 2nd floor.  
• Parks and Recreation received 1034 responses to the online survey. A survey summary was posted in February 2016.
• A public meeting was held on Wednesday, March 23 at the Ann Arbor Senior Center.

To view the PROS plan click below:
PROS Plan 2016.pdf (7MB PDF)
PROS_Plan_Final_2011_2015.pdf










​Bandemer Park/Barton Nature Area Pedestrian Connection Update​

A public meeting by the City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission was held Wednesday, Dec. 2 about the proposed pedestrian tunnel beneath the railroad by Bandemer Park.  If you have additional feedback before staff move onto the next steps on this project, please contact Hillary Hanzel, Park Planner at [email protected] or call 734.794.6230 ext. 42548.

View the presentation.
Watch the public meeting​.
Review the meeting summary.

Tunnel Rendering.JPG

Gallup Park Vehicle Bridge, Park Road and Trail Online Public Meeting Held Nov. 12
The vehicle bridge at Gallup Park has been identified for replacement and public input was sought for how Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation could improve the bridge and adjacent segments of the park road and the Border-to-Border trail. The scope of this project is limited to the area outlined in red on this aerial image below. 

View the presentation​
Watch the public meeting​.
Gallup Park Vehicle Bridge meeting summary​.


Gallup Park Project Area-Website.jpg


Gallup Bridge-On.JPG

Bromley and West Park Playground Projects

Public input is being sought on improvements to the playgrounds at Bromely Park and West Park this fall. These projects are not full playground renovations, but rather improvements to a few areas and pieces of equipment. Options presented will include traditional playground equipment as well as natural play equipment.  We look forward to hearing your input.

Bromley Park Presentation 
West Park Presentation 

Public Meeting Videos

Click to view the Bromley Park public meeting video and Bromley Park Summary .
Click to view the West Park public meeting​ video and West Park Summary​​​.

For more information about either meeting, please contact Hillary Hanzel, Park Planner at [email protected] or call 734.794.6230 ext. 42548.  


Burns Park Tennis Court Project/Survey Results

Thank you for participating in our recently released survey regarding the renovation of the Burns Park tennis courts. We received a tremendous amount of responses, further highlighting the value that the community places in its parks system! Your input is greatly appreciated and helps us to better understand community ideas, concerns and priorities.  You can read the summary results here​.

​​​​​​Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Open Space (PROS) Plan 2016-2020 

The 2016-2020 PROS Plan was adopted by City Council on Jan. 17, 2017. To view and read the plan, please click FINAL 2016-2020 PROS PLAN.pdf  (15MB).

The PROS Plan is the City’s vision for parks and recreation in Ann Arbor. The Plan provides an inventory of existing parks and facilities; describes the relationship between the park and recreation system, surrounding municipalities, and recreation providers; identifies park and recreation needs and deficiencies; and proposes major capital improvements for existing and new parks.

The 2016-2020 Plan facilitates discussion and evaluation of major issues, problems and potentials, sets priorities for the next five years, and identifies goals and objectives that reach further into the future.  The plan establishes background information while delineating system needs that may qualify for state and federal grant funding. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) requires that all municipalities applying for recreation grants have a current plan on file with the MDNR and to update that plan every five year.

Public Engagement Process

• A public hearing was held Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Park Advisory Commission Meeting to be held in City Council chambers, 301 East Huron St. 2nd floor.  
• Parks and Recreation received 1034 responses to the online survey. A survey summary was posted in February 2016.
• A public meeting was held on Wednesday, March 23 at the Ann Arbor Senior Center.

To view the PROS plan click below:
PROS Plan 2016.pdf (7MB PDF)
PROS_Plan_Final_2011_2015.pdf











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