Solar power, seating, landscaping, and more planned for two North Corktown parks

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s latest placemaking initiative targets not one, but two parks in Detroit’s North Corktown neighborhood.

The Public Spaces Community Places program offers communities the opportunity to start their placemaking projects with the help of a crowdfunding campaign and a corresponding grant.

Two parks, North Corktown Commons and Intersections Park, could see significant improvements if their crowdfunding campaign proves successful.

The North Corktown Neighborhood Association and Heritage Works, the two nonprofits involved in the project, have until March 22nd to raise $ 27,000. The MEDC will then award a corresponding grant of $ 27,000 if it achieves its goal.

The crowdfunding campaign is hosted on the Michigan-based Patronicity platform.

“One of our main priorities as a neighborhood association is the creation, maintenance and activation of public green spaces. As a fully volunteer organization that residents can join for free, MEDC’s support gives us the opportunity to create a higher quality experience for our community than we ever thought possible, ”said Will McDowell, board member of North Corktown Neighborhood Association.

“This matching scholarship also fulfills one of our dreams of creating a solar-based power system that will make our park safer and a real symbol of our passion for renewable energies.”

North Corktown Commons, which was first inaugurated in 2019, is a formerly vacant lot on the corner of Ash and Cochrane Streets. Community-led efforts have turned the corner lot into a public space with seating areas and community events in the pre-COVID era.

The money raised through the Public Places Community Places initiative will help install a pergola shelter with a solar panel, gravel path, new seating, and restored and improved landscaping.

On the corner of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks boulevards is Intersections Park, which features two 20 foot tall obelisks that honor the two symbols the boulevards are named after. Heritage Works was built and features programming in the park.

The crowdfunding campaign and grant is helping to fix benches and sidewalks and do an interactive word search to be enrolled throughout the park.

Both rooms will continue to be used for public gatherings and cultural events.

The crowdfunding campaign for the North Corktown Parks Renovation and Solar Installation project can be viewed online.

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