Neighborhoods Day could feature more than 300 projects

Evan Carter
The Detroit News
ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith speaks to the crowd at Thursday’s news conference for the 10th annual Neighborhoods Day.

Detroit — An annual effort to clean up and celebrate the city’s neighborhoods is expected to have more than 300 events and projects, organizers said Thursday.

The 10th annual Neighborhoods Day, which is to be held Aug. 6 and overseen by ARISE Detroit!, will include a neighborhood peace walk from Mount Elliott and Jefferson to Mount Elliott and Interstate 94, the remodeling of Skinner Park next to Denby High School and book giveaways by the Detroit Public Library.

New events this year include the Caribbean Cultural and Carnival organization at New Center Park and the Belle Isle Art Fair.

Events will be hosted by churches, block clubs and local community organizations, as well as larger organizations such the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Michigan Science Center.

The science center will have make-and-take activities for children, and the historical museum will hold a series of conversations with young people and their families about the Detroit 67 Project, which commemorates Detroit’s tumultuous summer of 1967. The DIA’s event has not yet been planned.

Event organizers are hoping to work with 11 DPS schools this year, including Burton International, Pasteur Elementary and Blackwell Institute. ARISE Detroit! is also working with the city to have trash picked up as well as boards provided to board up vacant homes.

ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith said Thursday the organization has nearly matched the 256 events as it had last year, and believes they will surpass that number by the end of July.

“No city in America does a day like this and it all started in the neighborhoods of Detroit,” he said. “We know we got problems. ... What I like about Neighborhoods Day is that I drive all over the city and all I see are smiles.”

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