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Proposed Eastside Recreation Center

Please visit this website to find out the latest news about the proposed Eastside Recreation Center for the Water Street Development in the City of Ypsilanti.

As a component of WCPARC’s 2015-2019 Master Plan, adopted earlier this year, the Parks Commission has committed to moving forward with plans for a new recreation center on a four acre site on the east bank of the Huron River just south of Michigan Avenue.   An architecturally distinctive and welcoming building of about 45,000 square feet (slightly smaller than the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center in Ann Arbor) will occupy and anchor the northwest quadrant of Ypsilanti’s Water Street Redevelopment Area.  This prime location overlooks the extension of the B2B trail and the City of Ypsilanti’s historic riverfront park system. 

The family oriented center will be operated through a partnership with the YMCA and will offer: an indoor family aquatic center, gymnasium, group exercise studio, indoor walking/jogging track and a cardio and strength training area.  Concept designs, developed by a student design team from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, were created for this site.  For more detailed information, please download the initial 2012 Concept Design and the 2013 Refined Concept Design Booklet.

Request for Proposals

A request for proposals (RFP) to design the recreation center was issued November 20, 2014.  A copy of the pre-bid powerpoint presentation is available below.

Next Steps

Design of the facility and its surrounding landscape will proceed through 2015 with construction anticipated to commence by next fall.  The proposed Eastside Recreation Center is intended to serve as a catalyst to attract private investment to the Water Street area.  WCPARC is pleased to be an early partner in the redevelopment and resurgence of downtown Ypsilanti.


Please call (734-971-6337) or email ( for more information.

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