Tidbits of Interest
Exceptional on many levels, the City of Westland intermingles suburban residential areas with service and retail businesses. Ranked among Michigan’s largest cities, Westland has continued to aggressively court high quality enterprises through a welcoming attitude and tax incentives for outstanding facilities. An impressive retail trade mixes with five modern industrial parks that enjoy the close proximity of the Interstate 275 corridor and its regional connections. Single-family homes, apartments, senior citizen communities, and condominiums offer affordable, diverse, and attractive housing options that meet a variety of lifestyle needs. Commuters enjoy access to all major thorough-fares, and regional cultural resources are within driving distance—particularly those located in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties. Locally, attractions include a golf course, ice arena, Central City Park, Melvin G. Bailey Recreation Center, and the Westland Cultural Center. The city is home to the 500-acre William P. Holliday Forest and Wildlife Preserve, operated by Wayne County and distinguished as southeast Michigan’s only wildlife preserve. As the burial ground of Chief Tonquish of the Potawatomi Tribe, the land serves as valuable protection to the fragile flood plain of the creek. The nature interpretive center of Nankin Mills is another historic reminder, an important site in Native American lore but also in the early operations of the Ford Motor Company.