parks

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The west side of downtown Ann Arbor may see a new trail, thanks to a group of University of Michigan graduate students.

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  Wayne County Parks is promising a sweet time for those who sign up for its hands-on maple sugaring program.

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       Congress has given final approval to a bill designating 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as wilderness.      With U.S. House passage of the bill, it now heads to President Barack Obama for signature. The U.S. Senate passed it in June 2013.      The lakeshore is headquartered in Empire in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.      Hunting and fishing would be permitted in the wilderness areas.      More than 1.4 million people visited Sleeping Bear Dunes in 2011, pumping about $120 million into the local economy.      Democratic Michigan U.S.

Today's the last day to share your feelings on parks in Ann Arbor's downtown through an online survey.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

A pair of online survey's are giving people a chance to share their thoughts on parks in Downtown Ann Arbor and possible sites for dog parks in the city. 

                                                                     Take the survey here.

Over 1,000  people have responded to both surveys.  Ingrid Ault is the Chair of the Downtown Park Subcommittee of the Park Advisory Commission. Ault says the downtown park survey has three primary questions: If the community thinks there is a need for more downtown park space, what the space should look like, and how to fund it. Ault says in September community meetings will be held to further flesh out possibilities about downtown park space. 

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The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue. 

Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area. 

Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.

Parks and Creeks

Jul 18, 2012
An image of Mill Creek Park.
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This week David talks to  Allison Bishop, the Village of Dexter Community Development Manager about Mill Creek Park. After three years of hard work, Dexter's Mill Creek Park is set to open soon.

Ann Arbor's city council votes 10 to 1 to delay proposed

charter amendment covering city-owned parkland.

Two city council members want to amend city charter

to require voter approval of any parkland sale.

Group hopes land above underground parking

lot will become an Ann Arbor city park.

Ann Arbor parks officials say they expect to have a renewal of the park maintenance and capital improvements millage on the November ballot.