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A place where Presidential candidates would want to speak,
Where Shakespeare could be performed,
Where Greek theater is played with our choruses,
And wandering minstrels find welcome!
The “Imagine a Park Block Party” was a huge success on Saturday, July 14, 2012!
The Library Green Conservancy held the “Imagine a Park” Block Party, on Saturday, July 14, 2012 on S. Fifth Avenue. The purpose was to help the community envision a public park on the top of the new underground parking structure next to the Ann Arbor District Library (the “Library Lot”).
The event was free. There were light refreshments (donated by Jerusalem Garden, Seva, Earthen Jar, and Afternoon Delight) and iced coffee provided by Roos Roast, wonderful music (Joe Reilly, Steve Rich, Five Miles More, Vicki Dischler & Tim Berla, and The Dellwoods), an “Imagination Station” for children, and a table of chess boards. A tent for spectators and misting station were available to help cope with the hot weather. There were opportunities for the community to participate in building a collective vision of a new public park at this location. Everyone was encouraged to help imagine a public park.
Following the Block Party the evening continued with more musical performers and presentations and opportunities to envision a new public space on the Library Lot.
If you would like to contribute toward the costs of the event, you can do so online via fundrazr.
What happens at the Central Park?
Some Ann Arbor residents offered these ideas:
- Chess tables and players
- Table tennis
- Safe place for children to play and parents to meet
- Frozen yogurt cart
- Food carts
- Used book stalls
- Woodcarvers’ festival
- Weavers and fabric makers’ festival
- Instrument makers’ festival
- Weddings and Celebrations
- Ceremonies honoring community volunteers and other worthies
- Sculptures from our sister cities, and other public art to view
- Art studio for creating community sculptures, and other art
- Community meeting space for non-profits
- An amphitheater stage for theater and concerts
- “Top of the Parking” festivals of films and musicians
- After-the-4th-of-July parade picnic place.
- Read a library book outdoors
- Eat brown bag lunch and “take out” from adjacent restaurants
- See water flowing or get a drink of water
- Do gardening and help the flowers grow
- Get information what’s happening with downtown business on multi-media kiosk
- Yoga and tai chi in the open air
- Community festivals of food, music and arts: inviting each of the world communities of Ann Arbor to do a festival (German, Greek, African American, French, Irish, Hispanic/Latino, Jewish, Arabic, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Native American….)
- Individual musicians making music
- Free speech soap box orations
- Winter skating
- Watching jugglers and clowns
- Pausing to “shift gears” after leaving or before returning to your parked car
- Meeting a friend
- See renewable energy systems demonstrations.
- Attend a workshop in conflict resolution and mediation
- Meditate at a “Peace Pole”
What ideas would you add for Ann Arbor’s Central Park? Send us an email, or leave a comment below to share your hopes!