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Party For Plants Feb 25th

Posted by ppna on February 9, 2010

It may still be winter in Michigan, but many of us are already making plans for summer fun! Join us on Thursday, February 25th at Frenchie’s from 8-11PM as we wile away the winter hours with some great music, food, drinks and friends all to benefit what is fast becoming one of Ypsilanti’s very own Rites of Spring: The Luna Lake Hoedown! This year’s event will feature live performances by local bands, including Black Jake and the Carnies and Hullabaloo, as well as YMCA sponsored activities for kids of all ages, native plants educational programs and a community potluck and BBQ. With 20% of your food and beverage purchases benefiting the Luna Lake Fund, the Frenchie’s Fundraiser will help ensure that this year’s Hoedown is a huge success and that Luna Lake continues to blossom and grow as a neighborhood gem. Can’t make it to the Fundraiser? That’s OK! Just drop by Sidetrack or Frenchie’s anytime on the 25th, and present the attached coupon to donate 20% of your purchase to Luna Lake. Feel free to print or copy as many coupons as you like, pass them around to friends and spread the word. The more, the merrier!

Please see the attached flier for more details. Thank you for your continued support of the Luna Lake Native Plants Garden! We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!


Rachel E. Blistein
Project Coordinator


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Luna Lake HoeDown summary

Posted by ppna on June 14, 2009

Yesterday, About 35 neighbors came together to work at Prospect Park to do the spring maintenance at Luna Lake. Luna Lake was once a beautiful garden and pond but deteriorated into a mucky water retention pond in the Spring and dried mess in the Summer. Last year the community pulled together to change the pond area into a rain garden.

The idea for the 1st Annual Luna Lake HoeDown was to get the neighborhoods together for a work day and then have a community event to follow. We started the organization only 2 weeks prior to the event but what we accomplished was fantastic. I think the concept will work perfectly in the future. Hopefully, each year we will draw more people and spread the work into other areas of the park.

Many of the people that showed up had other commitments during the day but took the hour or two they had to work. I believe there were about 10 people who worked almost the full day which started at 9am and ended at 6:30pm.

At one point we had a local boxer, who had been doing a work out in the park before being drafted to move compost, shoveling alongside a woman dressing in a full Cat-In-The-Hat outfit, while a 10 year old community member entertained us with his fiddle playing (This is why I love Ypsilanti).

We had volunteers from all 4 surrounding neighborhood associations, volunteers from 2 EMU student organizations, and we got our business support from Linda French and Sidetrack which saved the day by feeding the troops with Black Bean Burgers and Hamburgers. We had a neighbor drop by just to bring cookies and other folks looked in with interest. Our city council representatives, Robb and Murdock, both worked really hard to help this project come together.

I’m happy to say that what we accomplished on a small scale, getting every segment of the Ypsilanti community to come together, is an example of what the city can accomplish on a larger scale.

In true Ypsilanti fashion, we did ruffle the feathers of some that thought the concept and the project shouldn’t be done. While we were working our butts off these folks were boycotting the workday but I suspect many would not have helped anyway.

Next time you are out and about on the East Side check out the progress we are making in Prospect Park.

The next project is to mulch the playground area.

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Prospect Park Summit #2

Posted by ppna on April 2, 2009

Last night about 40 residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park got together to discuss what we can do to improve our park. We met at Adams School and then divided into two groups to walk the park. After the walk we discussed our findings and started making a list of potential projects. I think the best thing that came from the meeting was seeing 40 people that want to see more activity in the park which is mostly used for its basketball courts.

Prospect Park is a really nice park with multiple sections which have their own feeling. Here are some of our observations, If you have some more please comment. I should say that at the Prospect Park Summit #1 there were safety concerns expressed which have been discussed and there is a plan in place.

Trash Cans – The #1 observation from both groups centered around the lack of Trash Cans and the multiple styles of trash cans in the park. There was also interest expressed in having a recycle bin since there is a lot of bottled water consumed at the basketball court.

Signage – We need to get signs printed and placed with the rules of the park and reservation procedures for the pavilions. Sometimes people need to be reminded what acceptable behavior is.

Paint – The pavilions and some of the play structures need to be painted.

Grills – The grills are well used and for the most part are in pretty bad shape. Better grills would probably promote even more use.

Trampled Ground – there are a lot of areas around the park which used to be grass but because of use the areas are just dirt. It was suggested that we find some sort of walkable material besides grass to cover these areas. Crushed Granite was suggested as the best option, now we need a fund raiser.

Trees – Cutting the suckers off the trees and trimming the dead branches

Dog Po Stations – Have a ‘pick up’ station around the park although it was noted that dog po doesn’t seem to be a large issue.

Zombies – It was discussed that since the park was built on a cemetery we should have some Zombie Security Stations around the park. It was discussed that when dealing with Zombies it is very important to stop the early risers before they infect more people and multiply.

The basketball courts are used constantly and draw 50 people a night to the park. Some of these folks participate in less-than-proper behavior and are responsible for an amazing amount of trash. There is a small group that wants the basketball courts removed but the primary thought is to discuss the issues with the folks that play on the court.

As a maintenance issue we didn’t see a lot of problems except the lower hoops are bent. I didn’t notice if there are markings on the courts but if there aren’t I think they should be painted. We should ask those that play to paint the markings which will give them a sense of stewardship.

The pavilion could use a new coat of paint and will need consistent cleaning during the summer. The Pavilion also needs signs.

The playground is in desperate need of new mulch. In most places the underlying material is exposed. There was also talk that the mulch needs to be brought up to the level of the surrounding railroad ties to avoid a trip hazzardThis is an issue which will call for a joint purchase by the Ypsilanti School Board (the park is used as the Adams School Playground) and the Ypsilanti DPS. We will then need a herd of volunteers to spread the mulch.
Sandbox area – there was once a sandbox but it is now just hard dirt. The remains of a kids backhoe is still there and it is just a dangerous pole in the ground which needs to be removed.

Luna lake is its own monster with a day dedicated to its Spring Maintenance.
The Purple Martin House – there is a purple martin house that was placed on a pole sometime in the long ago past. The house is in disrepair and is mostly fallen down. It is time to replace.

There is a water spigot that comes out of the ground and is surrounded by two cut sign posts (to protect from the mower). The posts seem dangerous and are ugly – the thought is to remove the spigot if it is not used or to do something to make it look better. We could probably raise the spigot and surround it with some of the rocks around the lake.

The Bench near Luna Lake is falling backwards and needs to be reset. There should probably be more sitting places around the ‘Luna Lake’ since it should be a nice focal point of the park

The cannon looks pretty good but may need a coat of paint in the future

There is a fenced in tennis court at Prospect Park. The issue is that there is no, and has been no, net on the court for years. It was commented that the court is used for roller hockey. There were two thoughts on this one is to put up a net for tennis on the court and the other is to put up a net and switch it over to roller hockey. Either way there is a ‘practice’ board that should be repaired and there is a hole in the fence that needs to be fixed.

The Tball field is in a huge state of disrepair. The field needs to be re graded with the appropriate material. We need bases or the ability for people to bring their own. The backstop has a hole that needs to be repaired. If we get people using the field it was suggested we need a second set of bleachers.

Bathrooms – It was stated that the bathrooms were repaired in 2006 but were quickly destroyed. There was very strong support that the bathrooms be repaired but used only on a rental basis. The YMCA said they need bathrooms to conduct a day camp and bathrooms are needed if people want to reserve the pavilion for group or family functions.

Light Behind the pavilion – There is a security light which needs to be replaced behind the pavilion.

There was talk of putting a mural on the pavilion. I have seen research that if there is artwork on a building it is less likely to have graffiti sprayed on it. There are a lot of groups in the city that would like to see spaces opened for public artwork.

Driveway – There is a parking lot but also a service road that leads to the pavilion. People consistently use the service drive to drive into the park which isn’t allowed. The issue of the service road was blamed on the DPS not locking a chain that leads to the service road.

Signs and Trash cans

Activities — It was discussed that we need more activities in the park. I suggested a drop-in kick ball game at a set time each week. Others talked about having concerts in the park.

A web page — We had volunteers that offered to create a web page with a list of potential projects which people could write what they have accomplished or what they are planning to do. This site should be a full forum about the park where people can report security issues, maintenance issues, and other observations.

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Frog Island Concert Series 1st Report

Posted by ppna on June 6, 2008

Wednesday the 4th of June was the first event of the Frog Island Concert Series.   The event started at 7pm and I think Runs till 8:30 or 9pm (I had to leave at intermission to catch the start of the Wings Game).  Performing was the WCC Jazz Band and although they weren’t perfect they were quite enjoyable.  It was nice seeing the Frog Island Stage being used.   I hope they don’t go ahead with the bandshell idea because it is nice being able to look through the performers and take in the activities going on in the park.

The spectators were sparse (18 was my count).  Thankfully, there was one guy who was very enthusiastic and mumbled most of the show.  He really gave the concert the good ole’ Ypsi flavor.   My favorite quote was “Right On, You Got it,  Shit” which he repeated quite a few times.

I hope folks start attending these weekly concerts because they are a nice idea and are pretty enjoyable.   I would think 7pm on Wednesday would be a great time to run around the track and listen to good music without the need for an Ipod.

Get out and support what Ypsi is offering your next chance is Friday Night on Washington Street for some good Rock and Rockabilly.

See you there


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