5-Year Recreation Master Plan

Nelson Meade County Farm Park Playground

More than forty-five years ago, the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) held its first meeting. The Commission’s land base at the time consisted of five roadside parks, and undeveloped land in Lyndon Township. One of the Commission’s first tasks was to create a five-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Since that time, the park system has grown to include more than 8,000 acres of land, including over 40 nature preserves and parks. 

Every five years, the Commission updates the Parks and Recreation Master Plan to identify priorities and remain eligible for State of Michigan recreation grants. This plan is used as an overall operation and development guide for the county’s parks, preserves and other recreational amenities. In the spring of 2018, staff began the process of updating the plan with anticipated adoption by the Parks and Recreation Commission and County Board of Commissioners in the fall of 2019.

Community Survey

To ensure the recreation needs of Washtenaw County residents are identified as part of the 5-Year Master Plan update process, WCPARC conducted a recreation survey of county residents in October and November 2018. The survey was administered by ETC Institute, which obtained a representative sampling of nearly 700 County residents.

Click here to view a copy of the completed survey.

Public Engagement

WCPARC held a series of meetings to provide the opportunity for community involvement in the planning process. These meetings highlighted significant initiatives and exciting new projects by the Commission, as well as provided breakout sessions for in-depth discussion.

Click here to view a copy of the staff presentation.

Draft Plan

After extensive public input, a copy of the DRAFT 2020-2024 5-Year Recreation Master Plan is now available for review and comment. A Public Hearing will be held September 25, 2019, at 6:30pm at the Parks Administration Offices, 2230 Platt Road, Ann Arbor.  We invite you to attend or forward your comments to: parks@washtenaw.org.

DRAFT - 2020-2024 5-Year Recreation Master Plan

1.  Acknowledgements & Table of Contents
2.  Introduction
3.  Community Description
4.  Administrative Structure
5.  Recreation Inventory
6.  Planning & Public Input
7.  Goals & Objectives
8.  Action Program
9.  References

A. Recommended Classification System for Local and Regional Open Space and Trails
B.  Local Recreation Opportunities
C.  Natural Areas Preservation Program
D.  Capital Improvement Projects and Organizational Chart
E.  Suggested Facility Development Standards
F.  2018 WCPARC Community Needs Assessment
G.  Planning and Public Input
H.  SEMCOG Community Profile - Washtenaw County 

Click here to view a copy of the current Master Plan (2015-2019).

For more information about master plan development, call 734-971-6337.