New survey asks if Ann Arbor would benefit from more downtown parks and open spaces
Courtney Sacco | AnnArbor.com
Ann Arbor DDA
The Downtown Park Subcommittee was formed in March, following completion of the Connecting William Street Plan, which recommended dense development on city-owned properties downtown.
The committee is working to assess the situation with downtown parks and plans to make a recommendation to the City Council this fall about use of city-owned properties as parks or open space.
The committee is focusing on city-owned properties in the Downtown Development Authority district — while maintaining awareness of additional nearby properties such as Liberty Plaza, where there's already a concrete park at Liberty and Division, and 721 N. Main and 415 W. Washington, where the city wants to develop greenway anchor parks as part of the Allen Creek Greenway.
The committee is planning to hold two public meetings in September to share the online survey results and further engage the community.
"We want to hear from as many people as possible to feel confident we are representing the community desires when we forward our recommendations to City Council in the fall," Ault said.
The committee hopes each person who participates will forward the survey to at least one other person. For more information on Ann Arbor parks, visit www.a2gov.org/parks.
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