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“Rock Around the Park”: City replacing worn perimeter fencing at nearly 100 parks with decorative boulders

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The city of Detroit has begun a major citywide beautification project to improve the curb appeal of nearly 100 of its city parks by removing old, often rusted or overgrown, fencing and replacing it with decorative boulders.  The move is designed to allow the physical beauty of the parks be more visible to the surrounding community and make the parks more inviting.

The City’s General Services Department, which includes Parks & Recreation, has identified 99 parks where it plans to make the improvements this year, according to GSD Director, Brad Dick.  Already, five parks – Gordon, Fields, Hanson, Dueweke, Luce-St Louis – have been completed.

“This will be a simple change at these parks but the results are night and day,” said Dick. “When you see the before and after images, the difference is really stunning. In many cases, the old fencing hid the natural beauty of these parks from the neighbors who use them. Now it will be there for all to see.”  

Removing the fencing also will make the parks more welcoming and accessible to pedestrians, while installation of the boulders will keep out vehicles, Dick said.

 

Sasser Park Before After

 

 

“Instead of neighbors having to walk all the way around a park’s fence line just to get to the entrance, they’ll be able to enter by foot or bike from any side,” Dick said.  “And while the boulders are attractive, they also will serve as an effecting barrier to prevent cars from driving onto the park.”

 

The cost of the Rock Around the Park program is approximately $3 million and is coming from available general fund dollars.   That’s about one-third of the cost of replacing more than 45,000 linear feet of fencing.  Boulders also last longer, Dick said.  Fencing typically lasts about 25 years while existing perimeter boulders at Rouge Park have been intact for nearly 100 years. Dick said he expects all 98 parks to be completed by this November.

The program is one of several beautification efforts undertaken recently by the city.  Earlier this month, the city announce plans to plan one million daffodils at parks and along medians across the city.  The City also has a new program called City Walls to install attractive murals at locations across the city that had been frequent targets of illegal graffiti taggers.

 

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Download 99 Parks for Boulder Perimeters

 

 

Below is a list of all of the parks that will receive new perimeter boulders:

District Park  Address Acres
1 Clarita-Stout 18512 Stout 2.81
1 Eliza Howell 14879 Beaverland 251
1 Heckel 17273 Woodbine 6.04
1 Kelley 15825 Oakfield 4.84
1 Midland-Bentler (Kiwanis No. 2) 15502 Bentler 1.64
1 O'Hair 19400 Pembroke 78.44
1 Optimist-Stout 13630 Stout 4.22
1 Outer Drive-Burgess 14856 Burgess 2.69
1 Puritan-Coyle 15068 Puritan 0.29
1 Ramsey 17425 Grand River 1.3
1 Rockdale-Kendall 14144 Rockdale 1.7
1 Rosemont-Acacia (Flintstone) 14310 Rosemont 1.88
1 Seven Mile-Appleton 19257 Appleton 1.38
1 Stoepel No. 1 10363 W. Outer Drive 29.31
2 Adam Butzel 10500 Lyndon 32.82
2 Belden-Santa Maria 17181 Belden 0.34
2 Comstock 20394 Greenfield 25.86
2 Fargo-Oakfield 19976 Oakfield 2.39
2 Gmeiner 10128 Clarita 10.21
2 Hardstein 20178 Cheyenne 2.68
2 Hill 2226 Fenkell 1.45
2 Louis 20250 Wisconsin 10.03
2 Palmer 19021 Woodward 281.29
2 Peterson 18294 Greenfield 17
2 Quincy-Midland 15400 Quincy 0.35
2 Van Antwerp 19891 Wyoming 18.18
3 Butler 20230 Conant 5.66
3 Conant-Minnesota 17840 Conant 2.63
3 Dequindre-Emery 19360 Dequindre 0.84
3 Dequindre-Grixdale 18551 Dequindre 0.73
3 Dorais 20101 Mound 35.7
3 Hasse-Emery 19339 Healy 0.89
3 Heilmann 19601 Crusade 10.99
3 Howarth 6869 E. Nevada 1.85
3 Jayne  13280 Conant 47.38
3 Karaniewski 7629 Concord 0.76
3 Kern 18801 Mt. Elliott 3.94
3 Krainz 18301 Healy 9.72
3 Lasky  5001 Charles 17.14
3 Marx-Remington 20157 Marx 0.83
3 Optimist Parkgrove 18400 Teppart 3.35
3 Syracuse-Hildale 18444 Syracuse 1.71
3 Traverse-McClellan 9368 Traverse 0.84
3 Twork 17432 Charest 0.54
4 Alfred Brush Ford 100 Lenox 33.88
4 Algonquin-Goethe 3030 Algonquin 2.78
4 Balduck 5271 Canyon 58.31
4 Brookins 11164 Rossiter 1.57
4 Castador 5995 Hulbut 1.76
4 Chandler 12831 Frankfort 200.39
4 Glenfield-Lannett 14540 Lannette 0.68
4 Lakewood East 14490 Riverside 28.13
4 Mariners 14700 Riverside Blvd 7.16
4 Roseberry-Promenade 10033 Roseberry 0.4
4 Sasser 9727 Camley 9.54
4 Troester-Hayes 15045 Troester 1.2
5 14th-Marquette 6093 14th 0.4
5 Ames 3716 McGraw 0.99
5 Bradby 9721 Cardoni 5.06
5 Bradley 3571 Concord 2.21
5 Burns-Lambert 5952 Burns 1.07
5 Calcara 3420 Charlevoix 1.33
5 Calvert 1624 Calvert 0.43
5 Dues 1991 Antietam 7.45
5 Elmwood-Central 1499 Chene 15.51
5 Erma Henderson 8598 E. Jefferson 33.66
5 Griffin 1955 Delaware 2.73
5 Johnson 4635 Helen 2.03
5 Lafayette Central 1400 E. Lafayette 6.73
5 Stockton 9250 Dwight 2.75
5 Sylvester-Seyburn 8010 Sylvester 3.92
5 Tolan 701 Mack 8.94
6 4th-Charlotte 3008 Fourth 0.33
6 Bieniek 5981 Martin 3.51
6 Bloomfield 3744 25th  0.46
6 Higgins 9200 Olivet St. 2.9
6 Kemeny 2260 S. Fort 21.92
6 Lafayette-NYCRR 8118 W. Lafayette 0.56
6 Laker 7520 Laker 1.5
6 McShane 8699 Heritage 1.34
6 Patton 8151 Dix 84.99
6 Piwok 12226 Visger 4.64
6 Riverside 3085 W. Jefferson 19.96
6 Romanowski 4795 Lonyo 26.04
6 St. Hedwig 2900 Junction 13.56
6 Stanton 2500 Porter 0.61
7 Belton-Mark Twain 8279 Mark Twain 3.82
7 Fitzpatrick 18501 Fitzpatrick 2.88
7 Fitzpatrick-Warwick 19051 Fitzpatrick 1.73
7 Greenview-Wadsworth 12101 Greenview 2.48
7 Intervale-Roselawn 8101 Intervale 2.79
7 Littlefield 12416 Indiana 11.1
7 O'Shea 15810 Capitol 19.77
7 Rouge 21800 Joy 1181.4
7 Schultz 9750 N. Martindale 0.42
7 Simanek 7461 Rutland 6.56
7 Stein 18501 W. Chicago Ave. 25.26
7 Stoepel No. 2 16411 W. Chicago Drive 36.2
7 Weaver-Penrod 18350 Weaver 3.77
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