Elected and appointed officials will learn what they can do to protect Michigan’s blue economy by attending Water School, a two-day workshop May 13-14 in Ann Arbor conducted by Michigan State University Extension and hosted by the Huron River Watershed Council. Information Water School will offer in-class presentations, interactive learning demonstrations and a field tour. […]
By Chris Nordstrom, PLA, ASLA A 1996 study by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) developed a set of standards communities could use to evaluate the effectiveness of their recreation systems. While these guidelines continue to be widely cited as a standard for park planning, the NRPA itself recognized the danger of using a […]
The Carlisle/Wortman blog has shared planning information and ideas since 2010. The top stories from 2018 include some new content plus our greatest hits.
Throughout Michigan we find 36-square-mile townships, many of which want to preserve their rural character, surrounding villages or cities that want to concentrate development around existing infrastructure. A joint master plan, like the one Carlisle/Wortman Associates completed for Manchester Township and the Village of Manchester a year ago, can help both communities accomplish their goals. […]
Carlisle/Wortman’s top 10 2017 blog posts: Signs, RTFA, fracking, economic development, invasive species, civic engagement and pocket parks.
Designed by Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Woodhaven, Michigan’s free, nine-hole disc golf course offers year-round, family-friendly fun.
What’s a charette? Here’s an entry from Carlisle/Wortman Associates’ glossary, given free to all clients.
Responding to growing participation in rock climbing, Earth Treks Climbing is buying vacant big box stores and converting them into indoor climbing centers as reported by the Denver Post. We can expect to see more such vacant spaces in the future. Consumers are spending more on experiences, health care and with e-tailers, according to The […]
A new EPA publications offers guidelines for planning, funding and building green infrastructure in public parks.
Michigan’s recreational facilities and tourism products are responding to some of the same demographics targeted by the state’s placemaking initiatives.