Detroit’s Antonio McDuffy Park (formerly Philadelphia Park), located in the city’s New Center Historic District, will receive a facelift this summer. The park serves as an important community gathering space for residents of the Piety Hill neighborhood. It was re-named for Tony McDuffy, a beloved neighborhood resident who was a tireless advocate for the community.
The renovation work will double the size of the park, to about 1.5 acres, as the city recently acquired adjacent lots from both the CDCCDC and private property owners. Demolition of a vacated alley and grading work will extend the park at the corner of W. Philadelphia St. and 3rd Ave. West toward W. Euclid St.
Preliminary survey work on the project was completed this year, but the bulk of the work was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The work is scheduled to take place in early summer 2021.
The project will include a new 1/8-mile concrete walkway, a new inclusive playground, new picnic tables, grills, bike racks, benches and a horseshoe pit. Additionally, new trees will be planted and an open grass play area will be created.
Project EverGreen and the Rocket Community Fund plan to work with the city to identify additional park renovation projects in the city in 2021 and beyond.
“Parks play a vital role in the health and well-being of youth and adults alike; a fact never more evident than during the pandemic. Connecting people to their parks enhances social well-being, relationships and environmental health,” said Code. “Together with Rocket Community Fund’s generous grant and in collaboration with the City of Detroit, local businesses and the residents of Piety Hill, we can create a healthy, thriving park for generations to come.”
Additional sponsors and supporters of the project include the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Magna/Magna Seating, Premier Group Associates, PEA Group, The Davey Tree Expert Co. and Green Acres Tree Farm & Re-Tree, LLC.
Photo Credits: Premier Group Associates and Aaron Dawson