“Parks play a vital role in the health and well-being of youth and adults alike. Connecting people to their parks also enhances social well-being, creates a safe community hub and promotes environmental health. This successful park renovation demonstrates the value and power of community and business working together to elevate their neighborhoods for future generations.”
Community members gathered on July 13 to unveil and celebrate the newly renovated Gmeiner Park in Northwest Detroit. Beloved by thousands, Gmeiner Park has grown to be a community staple and hub throughout the years. The highly anticipated improvement project of the 10-acre park includes new modern amenities, a new playground, a walking loop, and more.
Additional park improvements include:
- A quarter mile-plus walking loop, including a pedestrian connection between Seven Mile and Clarita Ave.
- Two baseball fields with complete renovations
- New playground
- Planting 17 new trees around the perimeter of the park. The trees were provided and planted by Re-Tree, a digital marketplace that saves and repurposes unique mature trees either by buying, selling, or relocating them.
- New site amenities, including benches, picnic tables, trash bins and bike rack
“I am excited to witness the completion of Gmeiner Park,” said Crystal Perkins, Director of the General Services Department, City of Detroit. “My children, who are now 21, 16, & 14, used to play in this area when they attended after school programs and summer camp at Tindal with Healthy Kidz. During that time, they only had an open field to play games and run around. Now this community and the children who visit the center can enjoy the playscape and other amenities. ”
With youth and senior population surrounding Gmeiner Park, improvements were deemed vital to spruce up the park and provide new play and recreation opportunities for the community.
“The transformation of Gmeiner Park is a fantastic investment in our community”, explained Councilmember Angela Whitfield Calloway, the representative from District 2. “With its easy accessibility, everyone can enjoy the park’s new amenities. This exciting project inspires our communities to take better care of our public spaces and take pride in our neighborhoods.”
Fundraising efforts for Gmeiner Park improvements began with community outreach and engagement in
- 2019. After Covid-19 temporarily slowed progress, construction on the park began in December 2022 as a result of a partnership between the City, Project EverGreen, the Gilbert Family Foundation, and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. More than $315,000 was raised from their fundraising efforts, and the City matched the donation with $256,000 to complete the park renovations.
Project EverGreen, a national non-profit organization committed to helping people work together to create healthy green space, supported the Gmeiner Park renovation by helping manage, develop and landscape the park in collaboration with the City and partners.
“Parks play a vital role in the health and well-being of youth and adults alike,” said Project EverGreen Executive Director Cindy Code. “Connecting people to their parks also enhances social well-being, creates a safe community hub and promotes environmental health. This successful park renovation demonstrates the value and power of community and business working together to elevate their neighborhoods for future generations.”
The Gilbert Family Foundation believes that investing in vibrant and inclusive public space is essential, encouraging residents to connect in unique ways that improve their health, enhance their wellness and strengthen their sense of community. The organization contributed to Gmeiner Park as part of their goal to provide universal access to safe public spaces within a half mile of every Detroit residence.
“By investing in public spaces like Gmeiner Park, we are creating space for residents to foster connections, enhance their well-being and fortify their sense of community,” said JJ Velez, Director of Public Spaces for the Gilbert Family Foundation. “This project allowed the community to reimagine a crucial community asset and introduce new recreational opportunities for the residents of this neighborhood in Northwest Detroit.”
Gmeiner Park is a pillar of the North Detroit community. Located outside of Tindal Recreation Center, Healthy Kidz and the surrounding community have utilized the park for programming. Healthy Kidz is a non-profit that operates Tindal Recreation Center. Because of this, Healthy Kidz played a crucial role in the design concept and engagement efforts surrounding Gmeiner Park.
“Having a new ADA Accessible playground, new baseball diamonds, walkways, benches have been a blessing to this community”, said Maria Adams-Lawton, Executive CEO/Director of Healthy Kidz Inc. “It is exciting watching everything transform from the ideas of a group of teenagers from Healthy Kidz Inc. who was given a challenge in the Summer of 2019 to make Gmeiner Park into a place they would bring their future children and families. This park transformation has been a game changer for Healthy Kidz Inc. and 48221 neighborhoods. I love seeing new families using the park.”\
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