A few photography-talented residents have shared some of their photos of Ypsilanti Township Parks with us. We’d love to see more photos, so if you have any you’d like to share, let us know! Also, if you use flickr or Instagram, be sure to tag or #ypsilantitownship.
Each year, the elected Park Commission publishes a report detailing the activites and improvements that occured during the year. If you are interested in the what’s been happening with the parks lately, take a look at the 2012 Annual Report by clicking here.
To see a list of the previous reports since 2006, click here.
Over at the National Recreation and Park Association, they have a Top Ten list of park and recreation values. Those values are the reasons why parks are important everywhere, including Ypsilanti Township. They are listed here as important points to reflect on as the Ypsilanti Charter Township Recreation Master Plan is developed over the coming months.
The following summary is from the article, Top 10 Reasons Parks Are Important, by Richard J. Dolesh, Monica Hobbs Vinluan, and Michael Phillips:
- Public parks provide millions of Americans with the opportunity to be physically active.
- Parks have true economic benefits.
- Parks provide vital green space in a fast-developing American landscape.
- Parks preserve critical wildlife habitat.
- Parks and recreation facilitate social interactions.
- Leisure activities in parks improve moods, reduce stress and enhance a sense of wellness.
- Recreational programs provide organized, structured, enjoyable activities.
- Community recreation services provide a refuge of safety for at-risk youth.
- Therapeutic recreation is an outlet that individuals with disabilities have.
- Public parks embody the American tradition of preserving public lands.
More detail provided by the authors in the above link.