Many don’t realize that the Ann Arbor region, also known as Tree Town, is a flourishing urban oasis — combining great vistas and scenic drives with an incredibly walkable downtown area. 2015 featured some historic events and amazing projects, including:
- The Huron River was named the 18th National Water Trail by the National Park Service. This 104-mile river flows through the heart of Dexter, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti. Art was installed along the river using retired canoes as part of the Canoe Imagine Art project.
- Ann Arbor was recognized as one of the 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations in America! Also great for a romantic weekend getaway, you’ll discover during your visit “a combination of history, adventure, and relaxation that will help you create romantic memories to last a lifetime.”
- The Ypsilanti area became a certified Bee City USA recognizing the efforts of Ypsilanti area residents in creating sustainable habitats for pollinators. The annual Festival of the Honey Bee celebrates honey bees with an art show, honey-tasting, educational programs and more.
2016 Watch List
- Progress on Washtenaw County’s Border-to-Border Trail continues! In late 2015, the Heritage Pedestrian Bridge opened in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park. Once complete, the trail will be approximately 35 miles in length, connecting communities, parks, and educational facilities.
One of Ann Arbor’s most celebrated parks is getting a new universal access playground! Gallup Park—host to picnic shelters, trails, and a canoe livery—will add a new playground to its list of amenities, designed to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible.