West Park Bandshell Project

​​​​​​​​​​​​215 Chapin Street​​​​​​​​, Ann Arbor​ MI 48103​​​

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West Park Bandshell Project

Park Planner
Adam Fercho
[email protected]
​734.794.6230 ex.42549​

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Why is this project being done?

In the Spring of 2021, cracks were observed on the exterior of the bandshell foundation. Ann Parks & Recreation staff hired a consultant – Hubbell, Roth and Clark Inc. (HRC) – to perform a structural analysis on the structure. The structural report​ identified significant structural failures in the foundation. It was determined that the bandshell needed to be closed and fenced off from the community for safety reasons. Preliminary estimates put repair of the structure at over $2 million. Park planners and staff have spent a year behind the scenes working to develop a plan for the future of the bandshell. Due to the nature of the bandshell and the resources required for repair, it is important to get community involvement and feedback as we move forward. For that reason a consultant – SmithGroup – has been hired to assist in developing a comprehensive community engagement strategy. Throughout this fall and winter the community will have many opportunities to weigh-in and provide feedback on the West Park Bandshell project. 

Complete a brief survey: The West Park Bandshell survey is open and will close on Sept 18. We appreciate your feedback, and encourage you to take the survey here.​

Watch the virtual informational video: A public meeting was hosted on Monday, Sept. 11 to share with the community the scope of the project and provide details on how you can become involved in the process going forward. Watch it here​.

Ways to participate

Pop-up: Join us in the park to talk about the project and how you can stay involved, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 8-10 a.m. 


June 2023: Site analysis and data collection. Begin drafting community engagement materials.
July 2023: Steering committee meetings. Develop and finalize engagement materials.
August-September 2023: Conduct the first round of engagement on the project. which will include neighborhood meetings, stakeholder meetings, pop-up events and a community-wide survey.
October 2023: Analyze information received from the first round of community engagement. Develop 3-4 concepts for the future of the bandshell.
November 2023: Second round of engagement to begin, which will include neighborhood meetings, stakeholder meetings, pop-up events, and an open-house at West park.
December 2023-January 2024: Develop preferred direction based on the feedback we received from the community.
January 2024:
 In January, we will wrap up the project. This will include finalizing a single preferred direction and creating a comprehensive report that documents the entire process. The final report will be shared with the community, including the PAC (Public Advisory Committee) and City Council.​

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