10235 West 7 Mile Road
10235 West 7 Mile Road
Detroit’s Gmeiner Park, located at 10301 W. Seven Mile Road just north of downtown Detroit, is undergoing a renovation that includes planting mature trees, new picnic areas and extended walking path, an inclusive playground, improved baseball diamond and educational materials that will help the community care for the park for years to come.
When completed, the renovated 10-acre park will provide more than 5,000 Detroit residents with access to neighborhood greenspace for recreation, play, and opportunities to gather. The project will be completed in two phases: the first in the fall of 2022 and the second in the spring/summer of 2023. This is the fourth GreenCare for Communities park renovation project the national non-profit has done in Detroit since 2017.
The Trees At Gmeiner Park
The 17 trees – sugar maples, red maples, Armstrong Maples, red oaks and sycamores – that were planted at Gmeiner Park in November were saved from a former nursery that had gone out of business. Rather than being clear-cut by the developer of the property, RE-Tree, a digital marketplace that saves and repurposes unique mature trees either by buying, selling, or relocating them, stepped in.
Re-Tree dug up 300 trees, took care of them at their tree farm for a year and has been finding homes for them on its digital website. The Gmeiner Park trees were transported on four semi trucks and planted in the ground with fertilizer, quality soil and soil amendments.
About the Gmeiner Park Crowdfunding Campaign
As part of its ongoing efforts to deliver a greener, healthier, cooler Earth, Project EverGreen’s partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on a crowdfunding campaign in December 2022.
With the generous support of both corporate and individual donors, the campaign reached its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 and the project earned a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.
“This project will breathe new life into an important community asset and provide new recreational opportunities for residents of this neighborhood in Northwest Detroit,” said MEDC Executive Vice President of Economic Development Incentives Michele Wildman. “We are pleased to support and provide resources for this project through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”
Why Are Green Spaces Important to Detroit?
Green spaces are important to Detroit for several reasons:
In recent years, Detroit under Mayor Duggan has experienced a revitalization of its green spaces, including the development of urban gardens, parks, and greenways. These initiatives have helped to address the city’s environmental, health, and economic challenges while also promoting community engagement and improving quality of life for residents.
Project EverGreen, its volunteers and donors are proud to help make parks and green spaces in Detroit more accessible to residents and contribute to improving the environmental, health and economic benefits that everyone can enjoy.
Project EverGreen and the Gilbert Family Foundation plan to work with the city to identify additional park renovation projects in the city in 2023 and beyond.
“Parks play a vital role in the health and well-being of youth and adults alike. Connecting people to their parks enhances social well-being, relationships and environmental health,” said Code. “Together with the Gilbert Family Foundation’s generous grant and in collaboration with the City of Detroit, local businesses and the residents, 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, Premier Group Associates, and Re-Tree, LLC.
Photo Credits: Aaron Dawson, Detroit Parks and Recreation, Premier Group Associates and Project EverGreen
Photo and Video Credits: Detroit Parks and Recreation, Premier Group Associates and Project EverGreen