Staebler Farm Park Development
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.
Site Implementation Plan
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.
Since last year, staff, a committee of Parks Commissioners, and Michigan Folk School (site partner) staff have been working with an architecture firm, The Collaborative Inc., to design a new multipurpose building to support WCPARC programming and the Michigan Folk School classes. The proposed building’s design respects the historic character of the site, taking subtle cues from existing elements. Its location will take advantage of the park’s natural features and picturesque views.
The new building will provide three classrooms, one of which will accommodate a “teaching” kitchen to support classes such as cheesemaking and produce canning. The patio will be used for outdoor programs and events and provide views of the landscape. Patrons visiting the park will have access to the building’s restrooms and pathways will link to the park’s historic area.
The draft building concept was presented to the Parks Commission at their meeting on October 8, 2019. The design was well received, with support for the general location and overall look. Shortly afterward, staff presented the design to the Superior Township Board for a courtesy review and public comments were considered. Since that time, architects have been refining the building design and engineers have been focusing on site infrastructure design. Staff presented the updated design to the Parks Commission at their meeting on April 14, 2020.
View the design here!
It is anticipated that staff will request that the Parks Commission issue an RFP for construction at their meeting on August 11, 2020, with construction beginning late 2020 or early 2021.
Michigan Folk School
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.