On August 8, 2017, the Parks and Recreation Commission adopted the Site Master Plan for Staebler Farm County Park to determine the park's future amenities and recreational opportunities, which will highlight Washtenaw County's rich agricultural heritage. The plan defines an overall vision for the park; sets goals and objectives to guide the physical development; and establishes development phases.
WCPARC is working with a professional consultant to prepare a detailed site plan for the development of access and recreational amenities, such as parking lot, trails, or playground on the site. The draft plan was presented at the Superior Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting to gather feedback from township officials and the public on August 20, 2018 (click here for an overview of the presentation) . The plan was well-received and elements were completed by spring 2019.
Some of the buildings on the site are over 100 years old, including the farmhouse where the Staebler family lived for more than 100 years. As such, some buildings are in need of attention in order to preserve the historic nature of the buildings. In addition to the workshop discussed below, WCPARC will first focus its efforts to make critical repairs to the farmhouse and chicken coop. Work on these buildings began on August 6, 2018, and was completed in the spring of 2019.
WCPARC is partnering with The Michigan Folk School (MFS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hands-on classes in traditional folk arts, crafts, and skills, to develop their future campus at the park. The first phase of the partnership includes renovations of the workshop that will be used as a blacksmith and woodworking studio. In December 2017, MFS received a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Council (MEDC) and successfully raised funds to engage an architect and begin renovations on the building. Building renovations were completed in the spring of 2019. Check their website for future classes to be offered at Staebler Farm County Park.