About the NPNA

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Normal Park is located on the west side of the City of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan. It covers the area bounded by the south side of Washtenaw Avenue on the north, Congress Street on the south, Mansfield Street on the west, and the west side of Summit Street on the east. Approximately 700 households are in the Normal Park neighborhood, all of which are automatically members of the neighborhood association.

Mission & Charter

The mission of the NPNA is to have a positive, lasting impact on the quality of life in the Normal Park neighborhood, and thus the City of Ypsilanti as a whole. Through active partnerships with other civic groups, businesses, schools, libraries, neighbors and government, we will work to beautify the environment, protect property values, encourage compatible businesses, reduce crime and foster pride in our community.

The Normal Park Neighborhood Association (NPNA) of Ypsilanti, Michigan, formed in 1989, is the oldest neighborhood association in the City of Ypsilanti.

NPNA covers the area bounded by Congress Street on the south, the south side of Washtenaw Avenue on the north, Mansfield Street on the west, and the west side of Summit Street on the east. (See map). Approximately 700 households are in the Normal Park neighborhood, all of which are automatic members of the neighborhood association. NPNA imposes no dues, although contributions are always appreciated. NPNA’s primary fundraiser is its annual yard sale each June.

NPNA’s mission is as defined by our charter:

The mission of the NPNA is to have a positive, lasting impact on the quality of life in the Normal Park neighborhood, and thus the City of Ypsilanti as a whole. Through active partnerships with other civic groups, businesses, schools, libraries, neighbors and government, we will work to beautify the environment, protect property values, encourage compatible businesses, reduce crime and foster pride in our community.

1. To improve and beautify the Normal Park neighborhood through encouraging upkeep of homes and streets, through teamwork and cooperation of members of the NPNA and with support of the City of Ypsilanti and other community organizations.

2. To inform members of NPNA through this website, newsletters, meetings and other means of communication, of events occurring in the Normal Park neighborhood and the City of Ypsilanti of interest to members.

3. To encourage members to actively participate in the activities that benefit the Normal Park neighborhood and the City of Ypsilanti including but not limited to supporting our parks, libraries, community centers and schools.

4. To encourage members to identify with the neighborhood through social functions, such as the yard sale, socials, parades, community gardens, clean-up campaigns and similar events.

5. Any other lawful purpose which generally benefits the Normal Park neighborhood, its membership and the City of Ypsilanti.

NPNA has a volunteer board of directors who meet monthly to formulate goals and track the efforts toward reaching them.

Visit NPNA’s calendar to learn of upcoming events in the neighborhood, including NPNA general meetings featuring speakers and topics of interest to the neighborhood. We also publish a quarterly newsletter that is distributed to residents and is available on this website. If you would like to volunteer your time and energy to our efforts to better the Normal Park neighborhood, contact us.

Crime & Safety

Police Calls 

For emergency call 911
For non-emergencies call 483-9510
Our community police contact: TBA: 483-9510 (non-emergency)

Report all crimes to the police!

To get the word out to the neighborhood contact a board member or send an email to president@normalpark.org after you have reported it to the police.

What Can You Do to Help Prevent Crime

Go out and meet your neighbors 

With our busy lifestyles we often overlook the simple task of meeting our neighbors. Your neighbors can help by giving you additional eyes and ears to keep watch over your house. Don’t let the opportunity slip by; as an icebreaker, bake something and take it over, borrow or loan a power tool, offer to baby-sit, comment on a beautiful plant (they might even offer you seeds!). It’s not too late to reach out and meet your neighbors today.

Start a phone tree 

Get the phone number of everyone on your block and keep it up to date. You can keep each other informed of power outages, suspicious vehicles, important activities or free garden produce. This is also a way to inform neighbors without access to email of events.

Give Your Home an Occupied Look

Most burglars are looking for unoccupied homes. If your home appears occupied, the burglar will usually look for other more inviting sites. This is the single most important tip for protecting your home during long absences.

1. Temporarily stop delivery of the mail and newspapers, or arrange for a neighbor to pick them up for you. Papers piling up in front of a house or mail stuffed in a box is an indication that no one is home.

2. Have your lawn mowed and watered in your absence.

3. Always leave a few inner lights burning at night Use timers for lights and have them come on in the evening hours. Include TV and radios among the items on timers. If you can, set timers for varying times on different days.

4. Leave trip plans and an emergency phone number with trusted neighbors and friends. Make sure someone is checking the house while you are gone.

5. Move valuables and small appliances so they can’t be seen from a window.

6. Put valuables such as jewelry, large sums of cash, documents in a safe deposit box.

7. Never leave your house key hidden outside under a doormat, in a flower pot or on the ledge of a door.

8. You can have the Police Department to have your home placed on a house check or vacation watch. An officer will periodically stop by your home to check on it. Provide contact points locally and where you will be, in case you have to be reached.

Living Here

Normal Park is a fantastic neighborhood to set up home. Buyers and renters can find a variety of houses available from numerous realtors and agents.