Feds deal blow to Ann Arbor train station plan, citing high costs, too much parking
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor officials have been hoping for over a decade to get federal clearance to build a new Amtrak train station in Fuller Park, but they’ve been dealt a new blow by the Federal Railroad Administration. High cost estimates, too much parking for cars and lack of need are among the reasons the FRA cited for the decision. “In addition, the city’s preferred station design exceeds intercity passenger rail needs. Ann Arbor is typically a major stop on the Amtrak line between Detroit and Chicago.Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor NewsTaylor maintains Fuller Park is an optimal location for a new station because it’s near Michigan Medicine, a major employment center that also attracts many visitors to Ann Arbor, and it’s a good connection point for last-mile transit, such as buses to shuttle people to other parts of Ann Arbor. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Traffic pattern changes create confusion on First Street in Ann ArborAnn Arbor psychedelic shroom fest organizers announce entertainment lineupDTE Energy hopes Ann Arbor nixes idea of creating its own electric utilitySome University of Michigan students forced to start fall semester in hotelsHow they voted: Ann Arbor City Council vote breakdown for August 2021mlive.com
Laith Al-Saadi concert moved from in-person to livestream format due to thunderstorm risk
ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Laith Al-Saadi Trio fundraising concert has been moved from an in-person format at Fuller Park to a livestream format due to the risk of spontaneous thunderstorms and lightning, organizers announced Saturday afternoon. Those who purchased tickets to the concert should look for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the livestream broadcast, the festival wrote on its Facebook page. The move of the concert from in-person to livestream comes as other events scheduled for Friday, June 25 were canceled due to inclement weather. Storms cause Ann Arbor Summer Festival to cancel shows two nights in a rowOrganizers said they would make a decision about Saturday evening’s The War and Treaty performance later Saturday afternoon. READ MORE:Ann Arbor Summer Festival to host private performances and spontaneous concertsAnn Arbor music festival looking for dancers, musicians and comedians‘Temping’ offers immersive theater experience at Ann Arbor Summer Festivalmlive.com
Storms cause Ann Arbor Summer Festival to cancel shows two nights in a row
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor Summer Festival events scheduled for Friday night are canceled due to inclement weather, the festival has announced. Instead, the Kishi Bashi concert will stream live from The Ark exclusively to ticket buyers, a festival spokesperson said. This marks the second night in a row Summer Festival events were canceled. Due to projected thunderstorms, the festival canceled Thursday’s events, including performances by Dani Darling and Jive Colossus, and a showing of the movie Crazy Rich Asians. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor Summer Festival to host private performances and spontaneous concertsAnn Arbor music festival looking for dancers, musicians and comedians‘Temping’ offers immersive theater experience at Ann Arbor Summer FestivalDowntown Ann Arbor’s west side rebranded as city’s Creative District$50K crowdfunding campaign aims to bring more public art to downtown Ann Arbormlive.com
City of Ann Arbor to open all three outdoor pools this summer
ANN ARBOR – The outdoor public pools at Fuller Park, Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial Park will be open this summer, the city of Ann Arbor announced in an email to its pool users on Tuesday. The city opened Fuller Park pool last summer at a very limited capacity for lap swimming to ensure social distancing while the Buhr and Vets pools remained closed. In order to provide safe programming this year, swim lessons and day camps will take place at designated pools. All three pools will be offering family spaces and lap lanes by reservation as well as bungee swimming opportunities at Fuller and Buhr. (City of Ann Arbor)Reservation systemAfter receiving considerable feedback over challenges with last year’s reservation system at Fuller Park Pool, the new system aims to improve user experience.
Ann Arbor spending over $188K to combat diarrhea-causing parasite at city pools
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor is making some big investments at city pools to combat a diarrhea-causing parasite. Scott Spooner, Ann Arbor parks maintenance manager, noted the city added a UV disinfection system at Mack Pool in 2019. “The Ann Arbor community shortly thereafter experienced a cryptosporidium outbreak that shut most pools for an extended period of time,” he wrote in a memo to council. The new UV systems at the city’s outdoor pools will be secondary to existing chlorine disinfection systems and should provide multiple benefits, including reduced chlorine demand and improved disinfection, Spooner said. Here’s what happenedMore COVID vaccine is needed for in-person learning, Washtenaw County superintendents sayFrom food carts to live music, Ann Arbor ponders ways to launch future central parkmlive.com
Heres how Ann Arbor organizations are celebrating, recognizing Juneteenth this weekend
ANN ARBOR, Mich. On Friday and Saturday, organizations around Ann Arbor will be recognizing Juneteeth through different events. Heres how different organizations in Ann Arbor plan to recognize the day. Juneteenth TributeAt 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Michigan Medicine will observe Juneteenth by inviting staff, faculty, and others to kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Juneteenth Walk for Racial JusticeAt 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Ann Arbor branch of the NAACP will host its annual Juneteenth celebration in partnership with the City of Ann Arbor, GIVE365 and Protectors of Equality in Government. From noon to 2 p.m., there will be a virtual event featuring speakers, videos and time for reflection, according to a Facebook post from the City of Ann Arbor.