Edith C. Heflay Park
This neighborhood park on Elm street between Pearl and Grant Streets has long been a popular place for ball playing. It now contains a swing set and a slide for children.
The Ypsilanti Peace Fellowship dedicated the park in 1987 as the Edith C. Hefley Peace Park after the name of a Vietnam Peace Activist who lived in the neighborhood of the park.
Since the dedication, the Peace Fellowship has met on Mother's Day to set out plants and to picnic in the park.
May 12, 1991, the Peace Fellowship planted a tree in memory of Edith C. Hefley.
This park, off Laforga Road is part of the project included in the 1983 Huron River Master Plan which would link Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Ann Arbor by bicycle pathways, upgrading existing parks, and constructing new parks.
In 1986, the city was awarded a grant of up to $100,000 through the State Department of Natural Resources and the Water Conservation Grant Fund. The amount the city received equaled the value of the propery that was donated by Peninsular Paper, A subsidiary of the James River Corporation. Pollack Design Associates of Ann Arbor planned and did the work to develop the park.
The park now offers picnic tables a paved Parking lot, shelters, canoes, portages and a fishing deck. This area, along the Huron River has long been a favorite place for recreational activities.
This park has a very attractive setting, partly on a hillside back of the Parkridge Senior Center on Harriet Street at Armstrong Drive. One end of the park abuts Perry School. The park lacks equipment but a Grant has been applied for from the Department of Natural Resources for money to purchase equipment and to upgrade the park. This summer, there will be a playground program, a baseball league and other supervised activities.
This park has had a long history in the community and has been the site for the Ethic Festivals that have been held each year.