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 - will bring 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 expected to be complete by August 2019. 

Get Involved

Help us paint our interactive sidewalk designs! No painting skills necessary as it will be similar to paint-by-numbers, and we provide the supplies. Sign up here to help on Saturday July 13 or Sunday July 14.

Email Tedi Milgrom to receive the latest information on the project and ways to get involved.

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.