Two More 'Movies in the Parks' on Friday July 27, August 17


The 2018 summer Movies in the Parks series continues with two more chances to enjoy a movie outside, under the stars in one of our great city parks! All movies are free and everyone is invited! Family-friendly activities begin at 7 p.m. and continue until the movie starts at sunset. Popcorn and food will be available for purchase. The series is on select Fridays throughout the summer:

July 27, Coco at South Westnedge Park
Chosen by popular demand!

August 17, Sherlock Gnomes at Frays Park

The movies shown on July 13 and 27 were chosen by community members from a selection of films. You can RSVP to Movies in the Parks on Facebook here.


Community Input Sought for Long-term Parks & Recreation Planning


The City of Kalamazoo’s Parks & Recreation Department will start working on a new Master Plan and Strategic Vision this summer. The planning process will begin in June and include community meetings as well as opportunities for community members to offer feedback at Parks & Recreation events.

The Parks & Recreation Department will host meetings at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., LaCrone Park
  • Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Southside Park
  • Tuesday, July 10, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Woods Lake Park
  • Thursday, July 26, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Rockwell Park

In addition to these meetings, Parks & Recreation staff will be available at Lunchtime Live! and Movies in the Parks events this summer to speak with community members about future planning. Lunchtime Live! takes place in Bronson Park every Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (from June 8 to September 28), and Movies in the Parks are held on select Fridays at City parks.

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan and Strategic Vision will guide park improvement projects and recreation programs over the next 5-10 years. It also identifies land that should be considered for future parks as well as current park space that is unused or not needed. This work will build upon the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan with a focus on more specific goals, including Inviting Public Places and Youth Development.  

The process was last completed in 2013 and included improvements to Woods Lake Park, Hays Park, and several extensions of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, which have since been completed. The 2013 plan also examined recreation programs and led to the expansion of successful programs and changes to programs that weren’t thriving. The 2013 plan is available in the Parks & Recreation Office located at 251 Mills Street.

Parks & Recreation Departments are required to update their plans every five years to be eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Natural Resources. Plans are required to meet specific guidelines including the entire inventory of parks, amenities, and programs.

Parks & Recreation staff expect to have a draft prepared in the fall of 2018 and anticipate approval by the City Commission in early 2019.


Fire Hydrants to Open Ahead of Heat Warning

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Kalamazoo area. Heat indices are projected to climb upward of 100 degrees over the next several days. Public Services staff is working closely with the Department of Public Safety to help control the number of fire hydrants that are open. Your cooperation is not only appreciated but necessary to help stop illegal and improper use of hydrants. Please note that there is a water park located on Florence near Burrell for all citizens to use and the Kik Pool at Upjohn Park is also currently open to the public.

The following fire hydrants will be open during hot weather daily beginning today from 1:00 p.m. to dusk by City staff:

Back end of Interfaith (building 1038) far NW corner
Burrell and Lawrence
Krom and Clay
Washington and March
Charlotte and Sherwood at Roosevelt Apartments
Clarence and Jackson
Norway and Princeton
Fairbanks and Center
Church and Norway
Elizabeth mid-block between Cobb and Westnedge

If you would like to request a fire hydrant be opened during warm weather, please contact the Public Services Department at (269) 337-8148. We also request your assistance in reporting any open hydrants in your area not identified above by giving us a call. This will assist us in keeping safe and reliable water flowing throughout the City.

City staff appreciates your help in safeguarding our infrastructure and avoiding unnecessary and costly repairs.

City of Kalamazoo

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