A. B. Ford Park / Lenox Center


About the Project

Alfred B. Ford Park and the Lenox Center are loved places by the Detroit river in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood.

This year the City of Detroit is leading community engagement, design and construction efforts to improve A.B. Ford Park and renovate and reopen the Lenox Center. We would like to engage residents in Jefferson Chalmers, District 4 and across the city to gather ideas and feedback so together we can create a park and community center that serves resident's needs.

A.B. Ford Park is a 34-acre park on Detroit's east riverfront bounded by the Scripps St. to the north, Lakewood St. to the east and Lenox St. to the west. The site has a unique history including two Nike Missile towers (de-activated in the 1960s). Today, the park is well used by residents, fisherman and visitors throughout the year.

The Lenox Center is a community center at A.B. Ford Park. The building is a 5,600 sq. ft. facility completed in 1969 to serve residents with special needs. In 2013, the building closed due to a water main break. Through this project, a building assessment was completed. Click the link below to download and read: 

The architecture firm Inform Studio was selected to assist with the design development of the Lenox Center, and Jefferson East Inc. will assist with community engagement. This project is funded by the Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF).

Community Engagement & Community Design Process

Community Engagement to date: 

We kicked-off the project early this summer with a community wide survey. We received 172 responses with ideas for both the park and the Lenox Center. On June 30th we hosted the first virtual community meeting where we introduced the team. Every week since June 30th, we've been hosting office hours to answer questions and share information as the project develops. On August 5th, we shared the results of the survey and presented initial observations of the existing conditions of the park and center and during the August 19th office hours, we answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Check the links below for the presentations. 

Community Meeting #2 - Saturday - September 12 from 10 am to 2 pm

Our next community meeting will take place at A.B. Ford Park! - Please join us to see initial design ideas based on all the feedback collected. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Registration is FREE! and on site registration will also be a

  • Due to COVID-19 we are taking every precaution we can. For your safety and ours, we ask all attendees to wear a mask and observe social distancing of 6 feet at all times. 
  • The activities will take place around the closed Lenox Center building. If you are driving, please plan to park on the Lenox side of the park. 
  • With advance notice of seven calendar days, the City of Detroit will provide interpreter services at public meetings, and reasonable ADA accommodations. Please contact the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department at 313-224-4950, through TTY number 711 or e-mail [email protected] to schedule services. 
Virtual Weekly Office Hours on Wednesdays

Wednesdays at 3:00 pm via Zoom
MEETING LINK: https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/91033366715

MEETING CALL-IN: 1-301-715-8592 or 1-312-626-6799
MEETING ID: 91033366715

Office Hours Report Outs: 
Community Check-in - August 5th

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the virtual community check-in!
Click here to download or view the presentation
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or join us on the Wednesday office hours!

Community Meeting #1 - June 30th

Missed the meeting? 
Click here to watch the recording of the webinar. 
Click here to download the presentation.