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Posted on: May 25, 2021

WCPARC Adopts Staebler Farm County Park Development Plan

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The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) unanimously adopted the Park Development Plan for Staebler Farm County Park at their May 11, 2021, meeting. Once the plan is implemented, residents of all ages and abilities will experience a bit of historical Washtenaw County.  Initial plan elements include a fishing pier, enhanced accessible walking trails, rehabilitated farmhouse, and a new multipurpose building.  Future phases include a playground, interpretive exhibits, rehabilitated historic farm buildings, animal programs, and a tree canopy walk.

Staebler Farm Park, located at 7734 Plymouth Road in Superior Township, was purchased in 2001 with the intention of expanding recreation amenities to northeastern Washtenaw County residents.  In 2017, the Park Site Master Plan was formally adopted to guide the facility’s future development by establishing its overall vision, priorities, goals, and development phases.  Shortly after adoption, staff formalized a partnership with The Michigan Folk School (MFS) to provide programming opportunities at the site and implemented the initial phase of development on the south side of the park, which included mowed trails and a parking lot.

In 2019, staff began working with The Collaborative Inc. (TCI) to design a multipurpose building for MFS and WCPARC programming use.  Plans for the building are currently being finalized.  In winter 2020, staff engaged TCI again to develop a comprehensive Park Development Plan that refined program elements, with a focus on determining amenities north of Plymouth Road.  A phasing approach to guide development over the next 10-20 years was also established.  In preparing the plan, input was obtained from Park Commissioners, stakeholder groups, other government and non-profit agencies, and members of the public.  At the March 2021 Parks Commission meeting, TCI presented a draft of the plan to confirm that its general direction aligned with Commission priorities.  After that meeting, the plan was finalized and placed on the County’s website for public review.  View the plan here.

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A community resource, the Staebler Farm County Park fosters sustainable, healthy living and celebrates the rich farming traditions of Washtenaw County through historical collections, interpretive programming, agricultural uses, and a variety of recreational opportunities.

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors by providing an exceptional park system, preserving the County’s cultural and ecological resources, and offering diverse recreation opportunities that reflect the needs and well-being of the community.

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