Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation were honored by two awards in 2014, given by The Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA): the Park Design and the Innovative Park Resources of the Year awards.
The Park Design of the year went to the Skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park (350 N. Maple, a2skatepark.org), which opened last summer after many years in the making.
“The MRPA was impressed not only by the world-class skatepark, but the manner in which it was designed to fit into the existing terrain at Veterans Memorial Park and incorporate numerous storm-water features. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the skatepark — either as a participant or even just a spectator,” A2 Parks Communication Specialist Kimberly Mitchell said.
The Innovative Park Resources of the Year award went to the Ann Arbor Citizen’s Pruner program for honoring its advancement in park maintenance.
In this program, city departments collaborated with parks and trained 74 volunteers to prune all of the city’s young trees. “To date, volunteers have pruned 550 trees. Pruning young trees substantially increases their structure, resulting in healthier and vibrant trees, while reducing the need for more expensive pruning as they mature,” Mitchell said.
The MRPA even mentioned that they will spread that good idea to other parks, further establishing Ann Arbor (true to its name) as a pioneer of Green movements.