Project EverGreen, Local Businesses, City of Detroit and
Local Residents Come Together Again to Renovate Pingree Park and Further the Tide of Change
The seeds, both literal and figurative, that were planted last November at Detroit’s Pingree Park will start to grow again in June 8-9 when Project EverGreen and its partners begin phase II of the park’s renovations.
New walkways and a natural landscape amphitheater will be added to the 18-acre park on the Detroit’s east side that received an extensive makeover last fall. The initial phase of the project included updated landscaping for beauty and safety, renovating sports fields with improved grass surfaces, reviving welcoming gathering spaces and pruning old trees for safety reasons and to allow for new growth to provide much-needed shade in the heat of the summer.
In addition to the environmental benefits and better park access, the renovation project boosts the health and well-being of the neighborhood and its residents, raises home values, and serves as a spark for nearby community development and connection.
The project is a collaborative effort between the City of Detroit, local businesses, green industry suppliers and Project EverGreen, whose mission is to bring people together through greener, healthier cooler parks that capture carbon and result in cleaner air.
In Detroit, Magna International donated the initial seed money to get the project off the ground and has been joined by Lear Corporation, Quicken Loans and Meijer. Together, these companies have donated $176,000 to the Pingree Park project.
Green industry suppliers, who have contributed financially and in-kind, to the project include: Advanced Turf Solutions, BASF, Billy Goat, Cool Planet, Emery Agro Green, Greenworks, Kujo Yard Wear, Lush Lawn, Nufarm, PBI-Gordon, Real Green Systems, Spring-Green, Superior Groundcover, The Davey Tree Expert Co., Sipcam Agro, Sport Field Solutions, Troy Clogg Landscape Associates, Turf Systems, United Turf Alliance and Weed Man.
“Pingree Park and the people living in the surrounding community are the real winners,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “With generous financial and in-kind support, this park will get a much-needed facelift. The improved park space will result in a greener, healthier, cooler park, functioning as the lungs of the neighborhood.”