Eliza Howell Park

Eliza Howell Park is Detroit’s third largest park with 250 acres of natural areas, trails and park amenities along the Rouge River in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood.  The park is a wildlife haven with regular Audubon nature walks, it also has vibrant arts and culture scene, made possible through partnerships with local organizations such as Sidewalk Detroit.




Image of Eliza Howell stick art sculpture
Photo credit: Lunar Hause

Improvements Coming to Eliza Howell Park:

State Grant Funded for "nature play and access"

The City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Division (DPRD) applied for and received grant funding for improvements at the park.  Based on past engagement and with upcoming engagement planned, the nature play area and access projects will be developing throughout 2024/25.


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Join us on zoom for a community meeting to discuss a grant opportunity for the park
Grant application in spring 2023 with construction in late 2024, early 2025


There will be additional community meetings held in 2023 to discuss what amenities and improvements are wanted in Eliza Howell Park.

Nature Trail Improvements 

Sidewalk Detroit is leading some improvements to the existing nature trail south of the park loop road from the trailhead to the pedestrian bridge.

Road Reconstruction

The City is improving the 1.3 miles road through Eliza Howell Park.  The project includes reconstructing sections in poor condition and resurfacing those in fair condition, as well improving the current stormwater system and adding separated shared use path with grass/planted median strip. Construction will begin in spring of 2023 and be completed by late-summer.  The City is currently looking into alternative parking and access to areas of the park that will not be under construction for this time period.  We anticipate the park will be closed to vehicular traffic from early May until late August 2023.

For more information see the below presentation(s).

Image of Eliza Howell nature area
Photo credit: John Delise


Image of Eliza Howell event
Photo credit: Bree Gant


Past presentations:

Eliza Howell Road Reconstruction Project, October 4, 2022 Update

Eliza Howell Nature-Play State Grant Opportunity, March 7, 2023


To attend a City event or reserve a space in Eliza Howell Park visit the City's Parks & Recreation page



Juliana Fulton - Deputy Parks Planner

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Theresa McArleton - Chief Parks Planner

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Farhat Chaudhry - Landscape Architect

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And find out more about upcoming park events and projects with our Park Partner Sidewalk Detroit's page on Eliza Howell Park