MLK Park



MLK Memorial Park is a 1.83 acre neighborhood park located at 2589 W. Grand Blvd. Serving District 5, this park is part of the historic Virginia Park neighborhood. Recently acquired parcels at the park will expand the development's size and scope. 

Park Contact Information 
Theresa McArleton - Chief Parks Planner
Rayshaun Landrum - Landscape Designer
John DeRuiter - Assistant Chief of Landscape Architecture


MLK Memorial Park Project Timeline

On November 6, 1980, the City held the official dedication ceremony was held for the new Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park built to commemorate Dr. King as one of America’s most prominent Civil Rights leaders and honor his influence on the Nation, specifically in Detroit. Located at the intersection of West Grand Blvd. and Rosa Parks Blvd, the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony was Mrs. Rosa Parks herself. 

In 1981, the City installed a memorial bust of the likeness of Dr. King that still sits in the existing MLK Park today. However, the state of the plaza and surrounding space have not seen significant improvements in the last several decades. 

The City of Detroit, with funding awarded from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), will now begin an initiative pursuant to the development of a Martin Luther King Jr. M


Community Meeting #1 Update

On March 21, 2024, Parks & Recreation met with residents about upcoming improvements to MLK Memorial Park. Residents shared their vision for the amenities, programmatic space and update to MLK Memorial Park. 

A second community meeting will be scheduled for early Summer to discuss survey results, possible design concepts and next steps for MLK Memorial Park.