Mayor Mike Duggan announced today his plans to invest $11.7 million to renovate 40 neighborhood parks.
According to the City of Detroit, Duggan worked with City Parks & Recreation Department officials to identify the 40 locations based on several key criteria. This criteria included which parks had the highest concentrations of children and senior citizens living nearby, and the size of the parks. None of the chosen parks are larger than 5.5 acres.
“These are not the City’s large marquee parks that already have seen improvements,” explained Mayor Duggan in today’s announcement. “These are the local parks that many families can walk to from home without ever having to cross a major road.”
These new 40 neighborhood parks slated for improvement are part of the Parks and Recreation Improvement plan which will be focused on prioritizing parks in every area of the city. The overall goal of the plan is “to create quality public space accessible to all Detroiters.”
The anticipated improvements to these 40 parks will include new playgrounds, equipment, new walkways, landscaping, and more. A continuing community participation process will finalize the exact changes.
Ten parks will be renovated in 2016, while the other thirty are slated for 2017.