Recreation five-year master plan available for public review and comment until Sept. 9

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department’s Five-Year Master Plan, which sets goals and establishes priorities for the next five years, is available for public review and comment.

The document may be reviewed and comments submitted at Henry Ford Centennial Library, Dearborn Ice Skating Center, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Robert Herndon Dearborn Hills Golf Course, Camp Dearborn and online at and

The master plan also provides a basis for being able to apply for state and federal funds, most notable from the Michigan Department of Resources, Recreation Passport Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The Recreation Department has been accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies of the National Recreation and Parks Association since 2009. The master plan follows the same format established by NRPA and also adheres to the most recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources Guidelines for the Development of Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plans.

The process leading to the creation of the master plan has included three public meetings last spring, eight “stakeholder meetings” with organizations within the community — such as Dearborn Public Schools, Federation of Neighborhood Associations, ACCESS, Dearborn Community Fund, Dearborn Soccer Club, Dearborn Community Arts Council, Ford Employees Recreation Association and the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce — and a survey, made available in both hard copy and electronic version, to members of the community for four months.

The process will also include a 30-day public review of the proposed master plan, which will conclude with a public review by the Recreation & Parks Commission at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Studio A of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

The City Council will conduct a final review of the plan, potentially at its regularly-scheduled Oct. 6 meeting, before making a recommendation for adoption.

For further information, call 313-943-2350.