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 over 7,300 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 summer of 2018, staff began the process of updating the plan with anticipated completion in the fall of 2019.
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.
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.