Ann Arbor Parks

12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks.  8 acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor is checking to see if a pair of properties might be available to become parkland.

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9:20 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Adopt-A-Park Kickoff Events Planned For Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Adopt-A-Park program helps make the city look a little nicer, and that's the objective of Saturday's 26th Annual Downtown Blooms Day.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Adopt-A-Park kickoff events scheduled as part of Saturday's Downtown Blooms Day in Ann Arbor.

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3:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Construction Of Ann Arbor Skatepark Ramping Up Again After Winter Melts Away

Ann Arbor's Skatepark
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor officials expect to have the construction schedule for the rest of the new skatepark set within the next week.  Park Planner Amy Kuras thinks the facility will be completed by the scheduled June 21st grand opening unless there are a lot of weather issues. 

Kuras says most of the remaining work is in two areas.

Ann Arbor Park Planner Amy Kuras discusses where work is still needed on the new skatepark.

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6:58 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Interest in Ann Arbor Skatepark Growing

Ann Arbor's Skatepark
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

It's still a little over two months before the opening day for the new skatepark in Ann Arbor, but interest in skating already seems to be growing.  The skatepark's grand opening is set for June 21st, which is International Go Skating Day.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on increasing interest as Ann Arbor's Skatepark is set to open in a little over two months.

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12:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ann Arbor To Announce Plans This Week to Address Parking, Traffic Concerns Near Argo Canoe Livery

Plenty of parking at the Argo Canoe Livery on a rainy day in March while the Huron River is still mostly frozen. That hasn't been the case frequently in warmer months.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The popularity of the Argo Cascades and other activities on the Huron River has also posed parking and traffic problems around the Argo Canoe Livery.  Ann Arbor officials Wednesday will share proposed solutions to these issues.

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12:01 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Planning for Controlled Burn Season

The Ann Arbor Volunteer Burn Crew

 With plenty of snow still on the ground and cold temperatures continuing longer than expected, Ann Arbor officials may be delayed in starting an ecological restoration program that has gotten great results over the last 20 years.

Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation Manager Dave Borneman says controlled burns are a powerful tool used to help enrich the soul, remove dead thatch, and allow diverse native plant and animal communities to thrive.  

The city targets a low impact timeframe for these burns.  Doing them in late winter or early spring means little or no people in the parks, dormant plant life and lower smoke volumes.

Crews will be executing the burns weekdays between noon and six.

More information on Ann Arbor's controlled burns can be found here.

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Parks and Recreation
4:57 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Ordinance Change to Help Charitable Events in Parks

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Supporters of Pizza in the Park say an ordinance change Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday is important in keeping the event going year round.  

The City Council will consider second reading of the amendment that will waive the rental fee at all parks for events that are primarily designed for the charitable distribution of goods for basic human needs. 

Seth Best is with Camp Take Notice and a volunteer with Vineyard Church.  Best says the amendment is needed because they can't always hold Pizza in the Park at Liberty Plaza where council has already waived the fee. 

Best says as a former homeless person, Pizza in the Park is an important chance for homeless people to see a smiling face and meet kind people.  He says the Pizza in the Park volunteers work to clean up after the event and often leave Liberty Plaza cleaner than they find it.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering final approval of an ordinance amendment to waive park rental fees for events that are primarily designed to share goods to meet basic human needs.