Gallup Bridge Community Orchard West Park Bandshell
First PROS Plan webinar hosted June 29
The City of Ann Arbor is updating the Parks and Recreation Open Space (PROS) plan to identify goals, needs, trends and priorities for the next five years and beyond. Thank you to everyone that joined staff for the first Zoom webinar, Wednesday, June 29. To view the meeting click here(Passcode: r#Z.3qTR ). Additional meetings are planned and will be posted here and on social media.
“Community input is very important to defining the priorities that will guide the future of park planning and development. The PROS Plan survey provides an opportunity for the community to voice their opinions and share their ideas for the future," said Park Planner and Landscape Architect Hillary Hanzel.
Updating the PROS Plan helps to facilitate community discussion and evaluation of topics of importance and current issues. Public meetings, in addition to the completion of a recent online survey, are another way for the community to participate during the PROS plan process.
The PROS plan also plays an important role in qualifying 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 years.
To view and read the plan, please click here. If you have any questions or comments about the PROS plan update, please contact Hillary Hanzel, Park Planner and Landscape Architect, [email protected].
Trail closures expected during Barton/Bird Hills projectShort-term construction is scheduled for Barton Nature Area and Bird Hills Nature Area as part of the Barton Pump Station Valve Improvement Project. Work will last approximately one to two weeks in early June and is expected to require intermittent trail closures. During active construction, trails within Bird Hills trail and a portion of the trail adjacent to the Barton Pump Station will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Closure and detour signage will be posted. After working hours, all open excavations will be fenced off and signage posted. Trails will only remain closed during off hours if there is an open excavation within the trail.
Gallup Park bridge replacement and road & trail renovation study
The Gallup Park bridge, road and trail design study explores options to reimagine the vehicular bridge which is due to be replaced. It also highlights cohesive design solutions for the adjacent segments of park road and the Border to Border Trail. Multiple engagement opportunities with the public and a steering committee (of City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County representatives) provided the project team guidance throughout the design process. Community feedback was used to develop project goals and design criteria to guide the design process. The community also provided input on design alternatives which was used to refine the final recommended design. The schematic design study report is available below. The area around the park entrance is currently being studied as a result of this plan.
Schematic design study report
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Hillary Hanzel, Park Planner and Landscape Architect, [email protected]