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Mayor announces plans to revamp Detroit parks

Posted at 5:55 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 07:58:49-04

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced plans to transform 40 parks and playgrounds throughout the city of Detroit.

According to city officials, it is all part of the renaissance taking place in the city within the past two years.

“So as we went out and told people what was going on.  We also said ‘guess what? We are also going to start a block club over here.  We want you all to join us in our efforts to revitalize our city,’ and many of them are saying, you know we haven’t had a block club in 20 years.  That would be great,” said District 1 manager Stephanie Young.

The revamped parks are one component in getting back an old sense of community in these neighbors.

Newly renovated Tuttle Park in the EL78 area has led the way and residents told 7 Action News kids now have a safe place to play.

“It would kind of keep them out of trouble,” said resident Elizabeth Kitchen. “You know, they would have somewhere to go instead of just running up and down the streets.”

“They have the walking track that we have taken advantage of. So it gives a lot of the neighbors as well as the children a chance to get out and do things that they haven’t been doing,” said resident Barbara Steegall.

The city is paying for $11.7 million project through bond money, going back to the 1980’s that was found from recent audits.

Residents say the renovations bring them a sense of hope.

“I envision the neighbors coming out, everybody working together, the children all getting along, having the basketball courts, just going to bring us closer together,” said Steegall.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place soon at ten of the parks.  hey will be completed in the next 18 months. The other 30 parks will be renovated in 2017.

Detroit residents are being invited to weigh in on the type of improvements and amenities they would like to see at each of the 40 neighborhood parks slated for renovations over the next 18 months during a series of community meetings beginning March 28. 

The meetings are scheduled for:
 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 
 
The complete list of parks includes:
District 1 - 6 parks
1. Cook Playground, 16001 Fenkell
2. Fields Playground, 16601 Florence  
3. Hackett Playground, 17236 Avon
4. Marx Playground, 18201 Greenview
5. Reid Playground, 20625 Santa Clara
6. Simmons Playground, 19450 Chapel
 
District 2 - 7 parks
1. Bale Playground, 18673 Winthrop
2. Clinton Playground, 8145 Chalfonte (Transferred from Detroit Public Schools)
3. Diack Playground, 13889 Curtis
4. Gorham Playground, 19969 St. Marys
5. Liuzzo Playground, 20053 Winthrop
6. Varier Playground, 15639 Thatcher
7. Wells Playground, 20159 Griggs
 
District 3 - 6 parks 
1. Calimera Playground, 19493 Joann
2. Collins Playground, 11618 Alpena
3. Luce-St. Louis Playground, 13490 St. Louis
4. Marruso Playground, 19908 Annott
5. Syracuse Playground, 19192 Syracuse
6. Yaksich Playground, 18160 Anglin
 
District 4 - 3 parks
1. Brewer Playground, 12450 Hayes (Transferred from Detroit Public Schools)
2. Hansen Playground, 542 Drexel
3. O'Brien Playground, 11938 E. McNichols
 
District 5 - 6 parks
1. Dueweke Playground, 4975 Sheridan
2. Franklin (LaSalle) Park, 2380 S. LaSalle Blvd.
3. Gordon Playground, 1935 Atkinson
4. Latham Playground, 5082 Seneca
5. Stewart, 12701 14th Street (Transferred from Detroit Public Schools)
6. Yates Playground, 2499 Blaine
 
District 6 - 6 parks
1. 30th - Herbert Playground, 5000 30th Street
2. Boyer Playground, 6203 W. Vernor
3. Nagel Playground, 3100 Wabash
4. Sak Playground, 4322 Kinsman
5. Scripps Playground, 3666 W. Grand River 
6. Szafraniec Playground, 4513 Campbell
 
District 7 - 6 parks
1. Doan Playground, 9946 Prest
2. Greene Playground, 9177 Robson
3. Mansfield-Diversey Playground, 7753 Rutherford 
4. Phelps Playground, 9982 Sorrento
5. Richard Allen (Nardin), 9516 W. Grand River 
6. Cross/Tireman - Littlefield Playground, 8134 Manor