Play Here

About the Project

The Washtenaw County Health Department is thrilled to be a winner of the KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. FoundationThe Play Everywhere Challenge calls for innovative design ideas that will create opportunities for play in unexpected places.

In an effort to make our Human Services Building more welcoming, and to help families claim and play in the space, the project - named Play Here: Play Together brings a bright, interactive play space promoting physical activity and health. 

The Play Here: Play Together design includes two concepts: play features and interactive sidewalks painted with bright vibrant colors and incorporating games and health themes. The goal is to transform the way we all think about and interact with our public space and services.

We gathered input from clients, partners, and community members, and staff on our proposed design concept during January and February 2019. Based on feedback gathered, we worked with our playground consultant to revise the plans for the play feature portion of the project. Play features were installed in May and are ready for all to play!

Installed play features with tree leaves in the foreground

Play Here design birds eye view courtyard updated - new equipment with arrows

The project is now complete, and we're ready to celebrate!  

Celebrate with us!

We're hosting a Block Party and Ribbon Cutting Wed Aug. 28 from 4-7 p.m. Food, music, games, prizes, immunizations and healthy fun for the whole family! To ensure we have enough goodies for everyone, please register at 

Block party

Our Partners

The Play Everywhere Challenge is offered by KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, and supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

The Health Department is working with many partners on this project, including the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, Office of Community and Economic Development and Community Mental Health, the City of Ypsilanti, and County administration and facilities.