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Detroit will use $11 million to upgrade 40 city parks

DETROIT – Forty city parks and playgrounds in Detroit will be renovated over the next two years, under an $11.7 million plan announced Thursday by Mayor Mike Duggan and City Parks & Recreation Department officials. 

Anticipated improvements, which still are being finalized through an ongoing community participation process, include new playgrounds and equipment, new walkways, landscaping and more.

The park money is coming from $50 million in bond funds that had gone unspent over several decades, the city said.  The remaining funds will pay to build out a high-tech real-time crime center at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters and to construct a new 8th Precinct for the Police Department.

The city said parks were picked for the upgrades through several criteria, including which ones had the highest concentration of children and senior citizens living near it. 

Ten of the 40 parks will be renovated this year, and the remaining 30 next year. 

Parks slated to get improvements this year: 

District 1
Fields Playground, 16601 Florence
Walkways, picnic area, fencing

Simmons Playground, 19450 Chapel
Walkways, playground, basketball

District 2
Bale Playground, 18673 Winthrop
Playground, walkways, fencing

Liuzzo Playground, 20053 Winthrop
Walkways, picnic area, basketball

District 3
Calimera Playground, 19493 Joann
Playground, walkways, basketball court

District 4
Hansen Playground, 542 Drexel
Walkways, horseshoes, junior basketball

District 5
Latham Playground, 5082 Seneca
Playground, fencing, other amenities

District 6
Boyer Playground, 6203 W. Vernor
Walkways, playground, picnic shelter

District 7
Mansfield-Diversey Playground,
7753 Rutherford
Walkways, landscaping, sports field

Cross/Tireman-Littlefield Playground,
8134 Manor
Walkways, picnic area, basketball

Parks to be upgraded in 2017

District 1 
Cook Playground, 16001 Fenkell
Hackett Playground, 17236 Avon 
Marx Playground, 18201 Greenview 
Reid Playground, 20625 Santa Clara

District 2
Clinton Playground, 8145 Chalfonte (Transferred from Detroit Public Schools) 
Diack Playground, 13889 Curtis 
Gorham Playground, 19969 St. Marys 
Varier Playground, 15639 Thatcher 
Wells Playground, 20159 Griggs

District 3
Collins Playground, 11618 Alpena 
Luce-St. Louis Playground, 13490 St. Louis 
Marruso Playground, 19908 Annott 
Syracuse Playground, 19192 Syracuse 
Yaksich Playground, 18160 Anglin

District 4
Brewer Playground, 12450 Hayes (Transferred from Detroit Public Schools) 
O’Brien Playground, 11938 E. McNichols

District 5
Dueweke Playground, 4975 Sheridan 
Franklin (LaSalle) Park, 2380 S. LaSalle Blvd. 
Gordon Playground, 1935 Atkinson 
Stewart, 12701 14th Street (Transferred from Detroit Public Schools) 
Yates Playground, 2499 Blaine

District 6
30th - Herbert Playground, 5000 30th Street 
Nagel Playground, 3100 Wabash 
Sak Playground, 4322 Kinsman 
Scripps Playground, 3666 W. Grand River 
Szafraniec Playground, 4513 Campbell

District 7
Doan Playground, 9946 Prest 
Greene Playground, 9177 Robson 
Phelps Playground, 9982 Sorrent 
Richard Allen (Nardin), 9516 W. Grand River

City wants community ideas

Detroit will soon ask for input to determine the improvements and amenities that each park will receive. A public meeting will be held in each City Council District to discuss the projects planned within each.  The City also is planning two public meetings – one on the east side and one on the west side – to discuss its overall Parks & Recreation Improvement Plan. Once those dates and locations are established, the information will be made available through the city’s website at www.detroitmi.gov.