Meetings set for resident input on 40 Detroit parks

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — The city on Monday will host the first in a series of community sessions being held to plan improvements for 40 neighborhood parks.

Mayor Mike Duggan last week detailed the effort that dedicates $11.7 million in unused bond funds toward revamping the long-neglected parks and playgrounds over the next 18 months.

The community meetings will take place at various dates an times in each of Detroit’s seven council districts through April 11, officials said.

The upgrades will range from new play equipment to basketball courts, picnic areas and walking trails and are among several projects the mayor said he will tackle with some $50 million in unspent bond funds.

The administration has said it recently uncovered the funds after scouring city bank accounts and separating funds related to grants and others that were related to operations.

Upgrades in 10 parks — Field, Simmons, Bale, Liuzzo, Calimera, Hansen, Latham, Boyer, Mansfield-Diversey and Cross/Tireman-Littlefield — are slated to begin this spring and conclude by the fall. The remaining 30 parks will receive upgrades in 2017.

The city says the renovation work is part of an improvement plan developed by the city’s Parks and Recreation and General Services departments.

All of the parks selected are five acres or less and located in areas populated with seniors and children of ages ranging from tots to teens.

Detroit has more than 300 parks and officials have said that more than half are in neighborhoods and haven’t seen significant upgrades in at least two decades.

Additional information on the parks can be found on the city’s website.

Community Meetings

District 1 - March 30 from 6 – 7 p.m., Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers

District 2 - March 30 from 7 – 8 p.m., Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers

District 3 - April 11 from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Farwell Recreation, 2711 E. Outer Drive

District 4 - April 5 from 5 – 6 p.m., Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval

District 5 - April 5 from 6 – 7 p.m., Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval

District 6 - March 29 from 6 – 7 p.m., Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere

District 7 - March 28 from 6 – 7 p.m., Don Bosco Hall, 19321 W. Chicago