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Location: Pingree Park, Detroit, MI

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with neighborhood resident and volunteer Minnie Knox during the Pingree Park renovation project.

Community Impact: Better walkways, updated landscaping for beauty and safety, renovated sports fields with improved grass surfaces, welcoming gathering spaces, much-needed pruning for the old trees that provide needed shade in the heat of the summer, will all be part of a community effort to improve the city’s park.

A boost to the health and well-being of the neighborhood, a revitalized Pingree Park will also raise home values and serve as a spark for nearby development.

The Pingree renovation project is a collaborative effort between Mayor Mike Duggan’s office, local businesses, neighborhood residents and Project EverGreen, a national non-profit that brings people together to make a difference in their communities through greener, healthier cooler parks that capture carbon and results in cleaner air in the Pingree Park neighborhood.

The Pingree Park makeover aligns with the mayor’s progressive initiative to renovate 40 smaller parks across the city this year hoping to reduce blight and restore community pride. The second phase of the project will be completed in the spring of 2018.

Local businesses and Pingree Park neighbors clean up debris from trees that were pruned in the park.

Project Scope: The renovation of Pingree Park encompasses a variety of elements and tasks that will not only revitalize the park’s green spaces but provide a sustainable platform for future generations to enjoy and maintain the facility. Work completed this fall included:
Tree pruning
Grass aeration
Adding nutrients for the grass
Field grading
Ballfield repair
Bleacher and back stop painting
Spot seeding
Tree planting

Volunteers worked to spread infield mix on one of the refurbished baseball fields.

Completion Date: November 3-4, 2017

Estimated Project Value: $100,000

Estimated Value of Volunteer Time: $29,200

Project Partners:
Lear Corporation

Project Contributors:
Advanced Turf Solutions
Billy Goat
City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department
Cool Planet
Kujo Yard Wear
Lush Lawn
MACC Development
Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
Pingree Park Community Group
Real Green
Superior Groundcover
The Davey Tree Expert Co.
Troy Clogg Landscape Associates
Weed Man Farmington Hills

Food Sponsors:
Potbelly Sandwich Works